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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$105.66 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.

$98.87 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.

$144.56 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.

$101.89 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 othersThe pick-up time for the tour will be 9:30am from the tourist hotel, with a distance 2hrs drive.

$103.67 Private & Custom Tours

Cradle of humankind & maropeng tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: The Cradle of Humankind, Greater Johannesburg, GautengGuided tour of sterkfontein caves and maropeng museum,tour includes entrance fees and waterDuration: 6 hours

$182.53 Cultural & Theme Tours

The king of the city

The Lion Park, an established tourist destination, well loved by locals and foreigners alike, became a popular experience for all over the last 50 years. Having moved to the Cradle of Humankind in July 2016, this new must-see world class facility, called Lion and Safari Park, offers guests a memorable experience.The new park offers a wealth of exciting activities such as animal interactions, guided game drives and self-drives.  You are guaranteed to get super-close to some of Africa’s favorite animals whether you go on an informative guided tour or self-drive.  Guests also have the opportunity to engage in the experience of hand feeding a selection of animals including giraffes, ostriches and various other antelope species that roam freely on the 600-hectare property and frequently visit the wetlands in front of ‘the Wetlands’ Bar and Restaurant. Guided ToursThe Lion & Safari Park is home to a vast selection of indigenous species such as Lion (Brown and White), Cheetah, Hyena (Brown, Spotted and Striped), Leopard (including black leopard), Wild Dogs, Sable antelope, Kudu, Nyala to mention only a few.Guests can enjoy a variety of different guided tours. The trained guides turn every tour into an informative and educational trip as they share interesting facts. Tour options include; Lion & Wild Dog Tour, Mini Safari, Night tours (with predator feeding), Private Exclusive tours, Alex Tour, Cheetah and Lion Walks. The 3-hour Safari is the flagship tour which includes snacks and drinks on the bank of the Crocodile river. The famous animal trainer Alex Larenty promises to provide a fun-filled experience as he interacts with fully grown lions on the ‘Alex tour’. Self-drivesGuests also have the option to drive their own vehicles through the lion and wild dog enclosures and the new extended route to the hyena enclosures will provide the opportunity to see many different antelope species such as Giraffe, Kudu, Gemsbuck, Warthog, Sable, Nyala and many more. The park is a paradise for children.The beautifully designed playground next to the restaurants will keep the young ones entertained. This makes the perfect venue for kiddie’s birthday parties. A day visit to the park also provides the perfect opportunity for schoolchildren to learn about the animals and various research programmes that the Lion and Safari Park is involved in.   

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