The Cradle of Humankind Tour
- Fit 4 Million Years into your next trip! The amazing story of human origin is held in the Cradle of Humankind – a story of adventure, survival and the relentless drive of the human spirit. The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site in December 1999.
The site is an area of outstanding universal value. Based on the conservation, exploration and interpretation of the story of humanity, its value encompasses history, human beginnings, adventure, discovery and a whole lot more.
Within the Sterkfontein Caves scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back to more than 4-million years, to the birth of humanity. The most important and most famous of these fossils are “Mrs Ples”, a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skeleton and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than 3-million years old. These fossils, both found in the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind, tell us much about the precursors of modern humans, Homo sapiens.
The caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations of the World Heritage Site. The actual tour of the caves starts above the ground and then takes visitors into the caves to experience the different rock formations as well as see where our famous discoveries where found.
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.
Tour 2500m2 of exhibits with an underground boat ride. See fossils, learn about how humankind was born, view stone tools up to 1-million years old and much more.
- Transfer from chosen pick up point to site
- Complimentary bottle of water and snack pack
- Free WiFi in vehicle
- Sterkfontein Caves Fully guided 1 hour tour
- Transfer to Maropeng site
- Maropeng Fully guided 1 hour tour
- Transfer from site to drop off destination