1. South Africa
  2. Gauteng
  3. Johannesburg
  4. Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind: Sterkfontein Caves & Maropeng Centre

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For those wanting to experience the birthplace of humankind firsthand, the official visitor center for the Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves are the perfect entry point to this incredible history.
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  • Experience the site where humankind originated
  • Learn about the anthropological digs
  • Explore skeletons than are over three million years old
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Choose a ticket that suits your needs, with a visit to The Cradle of Humankind Visitor Centre Maropeng, the Sterkfontein Caves, or both. You can find these sites at the famous Cradle of Humankind, one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and known as the place where humankind originated. It is here that the first hominid, Australopithecus, was found in 1924 by Professor Raymond Dart.

The Maropeng visitor center focuses on the development of humans and their ancestors over the past few million years. On arrival, visitors are met by what appears to be a massive burial mound, the entry point into the secrets of humankind’s beginnings.

The Sterkfontein Caves are the site of the longest standing continuous palaeo anthropological dig in the world and world-renowned for their fossil finds. These caves have produced the pre-human skull popularly known as Mrs. Ples and an almost complete hominid skeleton affectionately known as Little Foot.
  • Entrance ticket to the Sterkfontein Caves, The Cradle of Humankind Visitor Centre Maropeng, or both, depending on option chosen
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with respiratory issues

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  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• There are a number of tight spots and pathways to negotiate in the caves and it is not advisable to do the tour if you are claustrophobia
• It is also not advisable for people who suffer from acute asthma or chest problems, as there are a lot of stairs
• Open to the public from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM every day: the last tour departs at 4:00 PM
• The tours at the Sterkfontein Caves run seven days a week

From US$ 7.68 per person

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