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This small town’s claim to fame is that it is the site of the discovery of the world’s biggest diamond to date. The Cullinan Diamond, as it was called when it was still in one piece, measured an incredible 3,106 carats – that’s about the size of half a pound (250g) of butter. The Premier Diamond Mine, where the monster diamond was found, is still operational. For the more active, the Premier Game Reserve, which is part of the mine property, is a great place for game drives, walks, or picnics. You can do an escorted game-viewing horse-back ride close by. Not far away is the drop zone of the Pretoria Skydiving Club, which is the biggest in South Africa. To get to Cullinan from Pretoria, one would head north on the N1 and then turn right onto the R513. It is a drive of less than an hour. The nearest major airport is Johannesburg International.

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