Sunday, December 2, 2012

The quaint little town of Cullinan

The sleepy little  mining town of Cullinan has become one of our favorite breakfast runs and we have visited the place many times.  You feel as if you are going back in time.  The town is made famous with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond in 1905.  The 3106 carat diamond was so large it had to be cut into nine major pieces and 96 smaller brilliant cut diamonds.  (see more on the following website

google map of the town of Cullinan with the mine

Our very first breakfast stop was at Sir Thomas restaurant named after the mining magnate who discovered the Cullinan diamond.

Curious to see where this diamond mine was we followed a small sand road,
I was nervous as this was the first time the bike had been off-road and it brought back memories of when I had been dating John.  He and his buddies (friends) favorite weekend jol (South African term for having a good time) was to ride off road in the old mine dumps...

We also visited the museum in the main street.

We have been back time and time again to visit this little town, Sundays is a particular favorite breakfast run and the town comes alive with both tourists,locals and bikers alike.
The following photo's tell the story...
as they say a picture paints a thousand words...

Our next bike we owned and are currently riding is a Triumph tiger 1050, the ride is a lot more comfortable with its gel seat.

Whispering Oaks tea garden, Cullinan

My parents stayed one weekend at one of the bed and breakfast accommodation spots in the town and we visited them on the bike.

Cullinan Inn
Harries Pancake restaurant is a popular stop for bikers and they are dotted all over South Africa, Cullinan boasts its own too.


  1. Welcome to the world of blogging ... and riding. I love your photo collages (food porn is always a hit;) and look forward to seeing more.

    1. Thanks Vstar, you are officially my first comment :-)
      I'm glad you like the collages and mouth watering food pictures too ;-)

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere Lorelle, I am looking forward to your posts and your adventures on the Tiger. Nice choice, but I'm biased toward Triumph ;)

    1. Thanks so much Troubadour - agreed Triumph is the best choice ;-)
      I enjoy reading your blog as well! It's great to see you and your wife enjoy riding as much as my hubbie and I do too! :-)