The Diamonds & Dust Steam Train Safari


A themed Diamond Prospectors Camp in the Heartland of Cullinan – Home of the world’s biggest diamond!

It’s no secret that when times are tough you need to strike it rich.  So let’s get prospecting now!

It’s all happening on the banks of the Boekenhouts River a mere 80 km from Johannesburg / 25 km north east of Pretoria – an all new diamond rush is on at the Hayward’s Safari Sanctuary. So bring your teams from September to November and stake a claim whilst strategising on maximizing your organisation’s productivity…

Exciting packages for groups are on offer!

  • Get to CULLINAN aboard the fun filled Diamond Express, the Friends of the Rail original Steam Train service between Pretoria and Cullinan – a gentle 3 to 4 hour steam safari journey.  Light picnic lunch and soft drinks served on board.
  • Arrive in Cullinan to a fanfare welcoming ceremony – view Africa’s biggest diamond hole and time permitting, experience a short surface tour of the operational diamond mine. 
  • Collection by shuttles and a short transfer to the Hayward’s Safari Sanctuary – original diamond prospector’s campsite.
  • Enjoy either a one or two night experience in this authentic explorers tented camp, all under well equipped canvas tents. 
  • Delectable, three course dinners and full breakfast or brunch buffets with teas, coffees and local beverages.
  • Themed Prospectors Canteen with dancers and saloon piano on final night.
  • Conference tent – cinema style seating 150 max.
  • Gemstone treasure hunt & evaluation of finds each evening (with real diamonds up for grabs).
  • Guided game walks each morning.
  • Fireside stories each evening around the camp fire.
  • Snake or falconry or cheetah displays and a wide variety of classic safari activities on offer.
  • Shuttle return to Friends of Rail car park or back to base.

Do something authentic with your group this year?
Minimum Group Size 60 – maximum 80 on board steam train.

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This is an ideal end of year corporate getaway for groups wishing to experience the wild outdoors in the rough yet elegant tradition of mining exploration on the outskirts of Pretoria.

Cut back on expensive charter flights into the hinterland and discover Gauteng!


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