The Cradle of Humankind - A Journey through Time with a Private Guide.


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Activity Level



Adventure / Active, Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.
The descent into the caves and out involves about 200 steps and also some ducking and bending to get through narrow areas.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent)

Our umbilical cord is buried in Africa!

Trace the incredible story of our ancestors and their origins. Visit the Maropeng Visitors Centre to get the background story from billions of years ago and then visit Sterkfontein Caves, site of the longest continuous archeological digs in the world, where some of the most important fossil finds in the world have been unearthed.


After being collected from your accommodation we take a drive out to Maropeng which is the official visitors centre for the Cradle Of Humankind, a cave-strewn area around 50km north west of Johannesburg where some of the world's most significant hominid discoveries have been made. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, fossils continue to be found there. The Maropeng visitor's centre building (Maropeng means 'returning to the place of our ancestors') is designed to resemble a burial mound or tumulus. The extensive modern exhibition takes an interactive approach to the history of life as we know it from the big bang to the evolution of humankind, the discovery of fire and the spread of people across continents. From there we head off to the Sterkfontein Caves. The Sterkfontein Caves are the most famous caves in the Cradle of Humankind and alone have produced over a third of all the hominid fossils ever found. They are home to the oldest and longest paleaontological dig in the world. Underground we go!

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At accommodation or ORT airport.

End location: At accommodation or ORT airport.

Duration: 8 hours

Occasionally, if there has been heavy rain the caves may be closed as the steps can become very slippery.


Comfortable, air conditioned vehicle.

What’s Included

Pick up and drop off at accommodation in Johannesburg. All entrance fees. Bottled water in the vehicle.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

300 ZAR - R300 per person for lunch and drinks. Extra for souvenirs and personal items.

What’s Extra

Lunch, drinks and items of a personal nature.


No restrictions.

A Recent Review of this tour

Mark is a great guide. He is very knowledgeable and speaks very clearly. His explanations makes it very easy to know understand the history of the area.
Robert Patterson

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