We are affiliated both locally and internationally with naturist/nudist organisations.
Nudism/Naturism by definition is the belief in or practicing of going nude in social, non-sexualized and frequently mixed gender groups.
Below we have provided a list of helpful links to assist you in making the best possible decision. Browse through the websites to give you a better overview of what the life style of naturism/nudism involves.
|International Naturist Federation: www.inffni.org|
|South African National Naturist Association www.sanna.org.za|
|Gauteng Naturist Association: www.gna.org.za|
|Western Cape Naturist Association: www.wcna.co.za|
|Joxilox Tour Operator www.joxilox.com|
|Sunatur Naturist Tour Operator: www.sunatur.eu|
Dinokeng Game Reserve
Dinokeng is rich in the diverse history, culture and fauna and flora of Africa. Best of all, it's just a stone's throw away to the north-east of Jo'burg and Tshwane, a gem of a tourist destination waiting for you.
The hospitality of the land is matched by the warmth of its people. The residents are passionate about Dinokeng's many treasures. Whether you are an outdoor adventurer, want to learn more about the culture and history of an area, or prefer a sedate getaway where you can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, you will find what you seek in Dinokeng.
The name Dinokeng - a place of rivers - is derived from the languages of the Batswana and Bapedi who traditionally made this region their home. Dinokeng lies in the catchment area of the Olifants and Limpopo Rivers - which means, according to some African cultures, that this is a sacred place with healing powers. The Dinokeng destination, covering over 200 000 hectares offers you a variety of experiences, making a trip there interesting and worthwhile. It includes the Roodeplaat and Rust de Winter dam areas, as well as the towns of Cullinan, Rayton, Hammanskraal, Moloto and Refilwe. There are over 275 tourist attractions across Dinokeng, each with its own character and offerings.
Whether you are there for the day, a weekend or longer, you will be able to have a full and exciting experience in Dinokeng, and you will leave wanting to return to sample new experiences or to re-sample those you have already enjoyed? You can visit the websiteš www.dinokengreserve.co.za.
Cullinan Diamon Mine
Located 20 minutes’ drive east of Tshwane (Pretoria), the mining town of Cullinan is home to the Premier Diamond Mine, also known as the Cullinan Mine following the discovery in 1905 of the largest rough diamond in history. Thomas Cullinan, owner of the Premier Mine at the turn of the century, was a South African explorer. The Transvaal government bought the stone from him and presented it to King Edward VII on the monarch’s birthday. Aside from its remarkable clarity, a distinguishing feature of the stone is its black middle, a mark of bearing significant internal strain.
The Asscher Brothers of Amsterdam were responsible for cleaving the stone before cutting it and legend has it that Joseph Asscher fainted with relief once this had been successfully done. The Great Star of Africa, a pear-shaped diamond of 530.20 carats, is the largest of the nine stones fashioned from the Cullinan diamond, and is the second largest cut diamond in the world. It is set in the sceptre of the Crown Jewels and is housed along with other royal jewels in the Tower of London.
The mine is the third richest diamond producer in South Africa and its functioning open pit is four times larger than the well-known Big Hole in Kimberley. The 3 106.75-carat Cullinan stone makes a not insignificant contribution to the 120-million carats that have been extracted from one of the biggest and richest kimberlite pipes in the world.
Daily tours of the mine are open to the public and explore both underground and surface operations including the mine shaft, hoist room, big hole, and the display room. The geology of the area is also explained, as is the mining process. Impressive displays of diamond cutting reveal the skill and mastery required to transform a diamond from a rough stone into a sparkling faceted gem. This is all the more awe-inspiring because of the stone’s extreme hardness due to millions of years underground in an environment of great pressure and heat.
The diamond rush and life in this era can be experienced by a trip back in time at the McHardy House Mini-Museum, which provides a window into life in those times through photographs and possessions of the mine’s first general manager. The museum is open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and on weekdays only by prior appointment. Also worth seeing are the eight frescoes painted by Italian prisoners of war in the centre square.
While the history of the mine is still being completed, sparkling gems continue to be brought to the surface. In May 2008, a 101.27-carat diamond, about the size of a ping pong ball, was sold for more than $6.2 million at Christie’s in Hong Kong. De Beers, the diamond mining, diamond trading and industrial diamond manufacturing sectors giant, has conducted extensive marketing in the East where diamonds are in high demand
You can visit the website www.diamondtourscullinan.co.za.