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Cradle of Humankind: Shared Half-Day Tour

4.7 / 5

61 reviews

Cradle of Humankind: Shared Half-Day Tour

From US$ 68.76 per person

Discover the Cradle of Humankind Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Center one of the worlds most productive and archaeological sites, a well known, well informative visitor destination and amazing experience not to be missed.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pick–up from your Johannesburg or surrounding area hotel. Please note that the pick-up might take up to one hour.


  • Explore the Sterkfontein caves where Mrs Ples and little foot were found
  • Visit the Maropeng Center
  • Discover the world's richest hominin site
Full description
Experience the Cradle of Humankind on a half-day tour from Johannesburg. Have the unique opportunity to learn about stones and bones and wine and dine in tranquil surroundings in this region in South Africa, which is approximately 90 minutes' drive from the Johannesburg city Centre. Explore the world’s richest hominin site and home to 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils as well as an area home to a diversity of birds, animals and plants, some of these are rare or endangered. Explore the caves on site including Sterfontein Caves where the 2.3 million year old fossil “Mrs Ples” was uncovered in 1947. Visit Maropeng Visitors Center, an exhibition full of fossils, tools and everything millions of years old. Back in Johannesburg, experience Sandton a well-known area in Gauteng and a main business hub. Sandton is known to be a wealthy and influential area where many of Johannesburg's top business men and women work, live and play. 
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Driver/guide
  • Entrance fees to Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable closed shoes
  • The tour into the cave is not suitable for people with back problems, but they can walk through the museum
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 61 reviews

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Driver and guide Jim arrived before the start of the activity in a very clean and comfortable car. Jim gave me several explanations along the way and promptly answered some curiosities of my interest. Arriving at the destination guided us on the tour and the meeting points. It made us feel comfortable exploring and photographing things of interest. Anyway, I can only congratulate African Eagle and, especially Jim, for the excellent work done.

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January 8, 2020

Excellent tour. Our guide James picked us up from our accommodation at exactly the prearranged time in a very comfortable car. James was so interesting and well informed about a variety of topics. A guide showed us through the caves and an extremely knowledgeable young man gave us a talk before entering the Cradle museum. The museum is interesting with lots of informative displays. The interactive features and boat ride are good for children The “Long walk to Freedom” was an unexpected additional feature. However I would have appreciated more time in the precave display and at the Cradle museum. It would be better as a full day excursion with time allocated to have coffee and lunch.

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July 1, 2019

An impressive place totally recommended

I really liked the tour, it is very entertaining, didactic, but I suggest that within the options there is that the guide or translator handles Spanish, since Spanish does not appear within the options and it is also necessary. As an observation I mean that the person who happened to look for us to the very punctual lodging.

May 31, 2019

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