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Earlier departure time! Due to construction work, our Cullinan "Diamond Express" trains will depart from Hermanstad at 08:00 (instead of 08:30) until further notice. Please be at our station to check-in at least 30 minutes prior to this.

Cullinan Village

cullinan4_smallOld miners' houses now boutique shops and cafes

Cullinan, located about 48 km east of Pretoria by rail, is a delightful village born out of the discovery of a rich diamond deposit there in the early 1900s. The village was named after the prominent local land-owner and mining company's chairman, Thomas Cullinan. By 1905, when the world's largest rough diamond was found, the Premier Diamond Mine was one of the richest mines in the country. A tree-lined avenue of sandstone miners' cottages and houses was bullt, leading up to the mine. The fast-growing village was connected to the NZASM's Pretoria to Delagoa Bay railway at Rayton by an 11 km branch line running through the hills down into a bustling little station and on to Zonderwater. 

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Restaurants and Cafes, Cullinan

Unfortunately most restaurant listings available for Cullinan seem to be either incomplete or out of date. So, to help you to make a lunch choice, we provide a list (click on the "read more" button below) of restaurants and cafes located within the village of Cullinan village itself.

Although not listed here, there are also several interesting and fun resorts and facilities situated in the countryside around Cullinan. However, to reach them, you would have had to make suitable transport arrangements in advance.

Please note that we usually carry several hundred passengers on our train. Most of these establishments are quite small and so fill up rapidly. We therefore suggest that you contact the restaurant or cafe of choice and reserve your table ahead of time. Many of the establishments have very small kitchens and so struggle to manage a large simultaneous influx of diners. Please do allow more time than usual and arrive reasonably early to complete your meal in comfort before the train departs.

For most trains, there are those who "like to cook their own". We provide free braai fires at the bottom of the park on the left, just off Oak Avenue, adjacent to the Cullinan Information Bureau. Please note that no tools or utensils are provided and that the available seating is very limited. Those who intend to braai should consider bringing their own cushions, blankets or light-weight folding camp chairs and tables to sit on in the shade of the trees. Just remember that space on the train is limited and you will have to carry them the 500 metres to and from the braai area.

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