Welcome to Cradle of Humankind


As well as learning about mankind's roots at the excellent visitor centre, Maropeng, and the Sterkfontein Caves, the area's rocky highveld grasslands are beautiful to look at and a welcome respite from the city. Come on the weekend and you can also tour the serene sculpture park at the Nirox Foundation.


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$101.69 Day Trips & Excursions

Cradle of Humankind

After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, your guide will give you a quick pre-departure tour briefing before departing to the Cradle of Humankind, you will enjoy a guided tour in the Sterkfontein caves, recently made famous in the discovery of the Homo Neledi Fossils and a number of other significant fossils and artifacts.After visiting the Sterkfontein caves, your guide will take you on a short drive to the Maropeng Visitors center for a wonderful journey through the development of the human race. Enjoy a relaxing indoor boat ride and experience the interactive museum artifacts and displays.

$95.16 Cultural & Theme Tours

Johannesburg to Cradle of Humankind Half-Day Private Tour

The "Cradle of Humankind" was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 and is located about 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, in the Gauteng province. This site currently occupies 47.000 hectares and contains a complex of limestone caves.The Sterkfontein Caves contain the discovery of a 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed "Mrs. Ples"), found in 1947 by Robert Broom and John T. Robinson. This important discovery helped to corroborate the 1924 discovery of the juvenile 'Australopithecus africanus' skull, "Taung Child", by Raymond Dart, at Taung in the North West Province of South Africa, where excavations still continue.Nearby the site, but not in the site, the Rising Star Cave system contains the Dinaledi Chamber ("chamber of stars") in which were discovered fifteen fossil skeletons of extinct species of hominin, provisionally named 'Homo naledi'.Sterkfontein alone has produced more than a third of early hominid fossils ever found prior to 2010. The Dinaledi Chamber contains over 1500 'H. naledi' fossils, the most extensive discovery of a single hominid species ever found in Africa.

$143.82 Day Trips & Excursions

Cradle of Humankind and Maropeng Day Tour from Johannesburg

Enjoy your complimentary hotel pick-up from Johannesburg hotel before heading to the The Cradle of Humankind - declared a World Heritage site in 1999 , a 47 000 - hectares area in the western part of Gauteng Province with around 40 different fossil sites where several of the world's most famous and important fossils have been discovered. With your guide, you will enjoy a drive of 2:30 hour drive, seeing scenery mountains along the road before you arrive at the site. Upon arrival you will be briefed by a site guide and taken underground for a visitConclude your tour back in Johannesburg.

$98.06 Outdoor Activities

Maropeng Cradle of humankind & Sterkfontein Cave Experience

You will never forget your visit to the Cradle of Humankind and its two visitor centres – the main one packed with exciting, interactive exhibits at Maropeng, and a smaller one which is the gateway to the fascinating Sterkfontein Caves and their secrets about our past. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an exciting, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. On arrival, you will see a massive burial mound called the Tumulus, which is your entrance to learning the secrets of our ancestry. Adventure: Tour 2500m² of exhibits with an underground boat ride. Award winning: Winner of the 2008 Tourist Attraction category at the South African Tourism Welcome Awards and many others The pick-up time for the tour will be 9:30am from the tourist hotel, with a distance 2hrs drive.

$16.95 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Transport to Cradle of Humankind from Johannesburg Center

Depending on option, your driver will greet you in your hotel in the city center and drive you to Cradle of Humankind- one of the kind place in the world or at the chosen time, he will pick you up from the place (please be advised to set the pick up point clearly) and bring back to your hotel. This is a private transport which means that you will not share a car with anyone apart from your booking. The cars used for this service are less than 5 years old. The experienced driver will make sure that you have a smooth ride from door to door.

$98.79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Maropeng, Cradle of Mankind including Sterkfontein Caves

Maropeng Cradle Of Mankind and Sterkfontein Tour Cradle of Mankind and Maropeng Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind is an easy drive of less than an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. Visit the Maropeng Museum and witness how we evolved into the people we are today, talk to some of the extinct species of animals that went extinct in the last century and see how humans are busy destroying the earth in real-time. Sterkfontein A visit to Maropeng should be coupled with the Sterkfontein Caves, one of the richest and most productive Palaeo-anthropological sites in the world that forms part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Amongst the most remarkable findings to have been made by numerous world famous scientists within the Cradle of Humankind is the famous Mrs. Ples, the first complete Australopithecus skull to be discovered and more recently, “Little Foot”, a 4.17 million-year-old almost complete ape-man skeleton was also discovered in the same caves. The duration of this tour is approximately 6 hours and departs either at 09:00 or 13:00. The pick-up point for this tour is any hotel or residential address in Johannesburg. Alternative pick up location can be arranged.

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