Explore the incredible Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves
Join us as we go back in time on this incredible and interesting day tour from Johannesburg.
The first part of the tour includes a 2 hour underground boat ride through the Maropeng exhibition. The journey will take you on an interactive discovery into the four elements of nature and how they were crucial in the formation of the various landscapes, people and plants that are found in the Cradle of Humankind. The second part of the itinerary includes a 1 hour underground guided tour of the famous Sterkfontein Caves where the oldest human fossil was found.
Maropeng and the Sterkfontein caves are situated within the Cradle Humankind. The drive from Johannesburg takes about 45 minutes. Although we are going to be spending a few hours at each venue, we will also be taking a scenic drive through the Cradle where you will get an opportunity to take in the beautiful landscape and open space that South Africa is famous for.
Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves Day Tour
The Maropeng centre is an award winning attraction and is officially the centre of the Cradle of Humankind. The Cradle is one of eight World Heritage sites in South Africa. So what is the tour about? Basically we take you on a journey of discovery to learn more about the origins of humans. The tour takes place in what is known as the Tumulus. This is a unique piece of architecture and resembles an ancient burial mound. The tour is conducted on a boat road through the structure and incorporates the various stages of Earth’s creation. The final part of the tour includes an exhibition that illustrates the various stages of human evolution. Although the tour is primarily focused on the origins of us humans, it is also an inspiration for its visitors to be more aware of the impact we are having on nature and the environment.
About the Sterkfontein caves
Okay so now we are going to bring out the big words. Make us sound clever. Sterkfontein caves, which is also situated in the Cradle of Humankind is the richest hominid fossil site in the world!! So as you can imagine, the caves fast became the most popular palaeoanthropological dig in the world by the Indiana Jones archaeological type folk. It is has also become the longest and most continuous dig spanning back to 1935.
The 1 hour guide tour takes you abut 200m underground into the heart of the Sterkfontein caves. You will be flabbergasted by the incredible limestone formations. You will feel like you have been mystically turned into a dwarf and find your self in the caves depicted in the Lords of the Rings trilogy. There are a few ‘tight’ passage ways to manoeuvre e through but nothing to hectic. The last part of the tour also involves a walk up 200 steps to the exit of the cave.