Diamond Tour

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“The only person I envy is the one who has not yet been to Africa… for there is so much to look forward to.”


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Johan van Wyk
Tel. + 27 82 050-0116

Day 1:

Depending on time of arrival a choice of a Johannesburg city tour, Gold reef City or Soweto tour. A
welcome get-together hosted by Andrew Meyer and Alan Lowe, followed by a unique opportunity to
attend a talk by Howard Bell, the person directly involved in the decision making for the cutting and
polishing of the 168 CT from the Cullinan Mine, 507 CT Cullinun Heritage Diamond and the 41 CT
Okavango Blue diamond from Botswana, some of the largest and most expensive diamonds in the
world in the last 10 years.
A relaxed supper at a restaurant in either, Sandton Square or Mall of Africa, depending on your
preference.

Day 2:

A private tour of Rand Refinery. This refinery is one of the largest integrated single-site precious
metals refining and smelting complex’s in the world, coupled with a visit to Richline Jewellery
Manufacturers, the largest jewellery manufacturer in Africa.
A short trip to the South African Mint, home of the famous Kruger coins for a tour of the mint. An
opportunity to purchase coins should you wish to do so . Spend the night in Pretoria, the
administrative capital of South Africa.

Day 3:

The day begins with an underground tour of the iconic Cullinan Diamond Mine, the home of the Cullinan
diamond, the largest diamond ever found in the world. The mine is one of the few active mines in the world
where you can go underground and see a mine in production. Lunch at the Cullinan village, a step back in time.
After lunch the trip to the world renown Pilansberg Game Reserve. Our full board booking at Pilanesberg will
include accommodation, dinner, breakfast and 2 game drives. The afternoon adn early morning safaris are in
open safari vehicles with dedicated game guides. This is big five country (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and
rhino), as well as a wide range of other game and birds.
An additional highlight of your tour is the fact that the 55 000ha park is situated on the eroded remains of a
1200-million-year-old extinct alkaline volcanic crater – one of only 3 such extensive craters in the world.

Day 4:

Your early morning game drive starts at 06h00 depending on the time of year and lasts for about 3
hours, followed by a full South African or continental breakfast. We then drive to OR Tambo airport to
board our flight to Kimberley.
Founded after the discovery of diamonds on farms in the area in 1869–71. The mining camp of
Kimberley (Northern Province) grew as a result of the intensive digging of the diamond-bearing pipe at
the hill called Colesberg Koppie, today known as the Big Hole.
Book into the Guest lodge and then enjoy a sundowners and supper in venues that will take you into
the history and ambiance of the mining days of the 1870’s.

Day 5:

Have breakfast at the guest house, pick up at around 8:30 for a tour to the big hole and diamond
museum, accompanied by Jock Rabie, retired De Beers Chief Geologist.
In 1871, diamond deposits found on a hillock dubbed Colesberg Kopje on the farm Vooruitzicht, owned
by the De Beers brothers, led to a mad scramble for fame and fortune and the world’s largest, handdug excavation, the colossal Kimberley Mine or Big Hole.
Other highlight is a private tour of Harry Oppenheimer house, we do need security clearance, as well
as a “zama zama” tour (informal miners) where they re-work old mines in traditional way. We will also
visit the McGregor museum, build in 1907; Kimberley club, established in 1881; Anglo Boer war
battlefields and monuments and much more.
Fly to Cape Town at around 16:00 to arrive by 17:30. We will do a drive to Lions head, a peak next to
Table Mountain for a view and orientation of the city and surrounding area we will cover in the next 3
days. Sleep over in Cape Town at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

Day 6:

Have breakfast at the hotel/guest house, pick up at around 7:00 for a tour of Table Mountain. The Cable way
open at 08:00, so we go up early and finish between 10 and 11.
Visit Prins & Prins diamonds and museum of gems and jewellery: Established 1982, one of the few independent
family businesses that still control each facet of the business, from the initial sourcing of the finest diamonds,
Tanzanite and other precious gems, to the design and manufacture of the most exquisite jewellery- all done
under one roof. visit https://www.prinsandprins.com. We also visit Shimansky diamond museum and studio.
Unique among jewellers, Shimansky has a license to buy rough diamonds and other precious metals direct from
South African mines, leading to a fully integrated eco-system with natural treasures being created under full
supervision and quality assurance. Visit https://www.shimansky.co.za/diamond-tour/about-the-tour.
Time and weather permitting-a visit to Robben Island. During apartheid, many political prisoners were kept on
Robben Island as political prisoners, including former President Nelson Mandela. The prison is notorious for its
harsh conditions and became a symbol of the strength of the human spirit. The island was declared a World
Heritage Site because the buildings on the island are a reminder of its sad history and the power of the human
spirit, freedom, and the victory of democracy over oppression.
Sleep over in Cape Town at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

Day 7:

Have breakfast at the hotel/guest house, pick up at 7:00
Visit Boulders Penguin Colony. This breeding colony of 3 000 African Penguins is one of only 3 such
colony’s left in the world and make it a must visit on the Cape Town list.
We then take a drive to Stellenbosch, one of the old towns in the Western Cape. It lies in the heartland
of the South African wine industry and is an academic centre boasting highly respected schools and a
university. Situated in the town of Stellenbosch, is the AMC- Daneel diamond polishing works. This
factory is the only De Beers sight holder in the Western Cape. The factory has the most modern
equipment and technology used in the diamond polishing processes today and hence produces
diamonds polished to the very highest industry standards.
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We will take an unbelievably scenic drive to the quaint village Franshoek, in the heart of the
winelands. We will do 1 or 2 wine tastings in Franshoek and enjoy lunch and visit the town. We will
visit the Rupert Car Museum, truly a sight to see and recognized as one of the iconic collections in the
world.
Returning to Stellenbosch, book in at the hotel/guest house. You will have time to relax or walk around
the quaint town before deciding on a venue for supper and a glass of superb South African wine.

extra activities

Golf day at Sun City, playing the world famous Gary
Player course
Robin Island – Cape Town
Soweto – Johannesburg
Shopping – Sandton City or the Victoria& Alfred
Waterfront
Hot Air balloon safari with Bill Harrop and visit the
World heritage site, the Cradle of human kind
Cape Point or also known as Cape of Good Hope