Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage Site first named by UNESCO in 1999, about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Gauteng province.

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Epic

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Nearby

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

The Cradle of Humankind region in South Africa, which is approximately 90 minutes’ drive from the Johannesburg city center, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about stones and bones while wining and dining in tranquil surroundings. You can also try out a range of adrenaline-pumping activities, have a beautiful wedding, discover a range of wonderful wildlife, experience cultural activities and browse crafts. Maropeng Visitor Centre
The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an award-winning, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years.

Take a journey through time, starting with the formation of the planet and moving all the way through the evolutionary processes that culminated in the world as we know it today.

See fossils, learn about how humankind was born, view stone tools that are up to one million years old, and much more. This self-guided, interactive tour allows you to take all the time you need to ponder humanity’s fascinating origin story.

Tip: Make the most of your trip to Maropeng by getting a combination ticket that includes a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves.

Sterkfontein Caves
Admissions
Opening times
Maropeng 09h00 — 17h00 every day
Sterkfontein Caves 09h00 — 17h00 every day
The last tour departs at 16h00 every day

Rates and specials
Maropeng

Adults: R120 | Children (under 18): R65
Children under 4: free
Pensioners: R65 (for both sites)
Students: R75
School groups: R65 per pupil

Sterkfontein Caves

Adults: R165 | Children (under 18): R97
Children under 4: free
Pensioners: R65 (for both sites)
Students: R100
School groups: R90 per pupil

Combination ticket

Adults: R190 | Children (under 18): R125

Pensioners: R65

School groups: R120 per pupil

Contact | Map and Directions

Please note: No pets are allowed at Maropeng and Sterkfontein. Service dogs and guide dogs are the exceptions.

Situated an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sterkfontein Caves are world-famous for their fossil finds and are a popular visitor destination.

After an extensive facelift in 2005, the Sterkfontein Caves site is now home to a top restaurant and conferencing facilities, offering easy access to the caves with modern walkways and a boardwalk past the excavation site where globally acclaimed fossils have been discovered.

The Sterkfontein Caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations at this World Heritage Site.

They are credited with many of the most notable discoveries in the caves, including the world-famous fossils of Mrs. Ples and Little Foot, the latter being an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton dating back more than three million years.

The tours at the Sterkfontein Caves, which start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves, run seven days a week.

Pro tip for visitors: Our cave tours are very popular, particularly during the holidays. So give us a call on 014 577 9000, on the day of your visit, to find out what tour availability is like.

And, if you arrive and find the next cave-tour slot fully booked, then don’t fret – grab a bite at the Sterkfontein restaurant and enjoy the views while you wait for the next available slot. You can find out about the times from our ticket office or one of our helpful guides.

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