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Cradle of Humankind Half Day Tour

Departure from your hotel or guesthouse in the Johannesburg area.

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Depart: 08:00                      Depart: 13:00  
Return: 12:00                      Return: 17:00


At just about an hour's drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Cradle of Humankind is a must-see for all archeaology lovers and anyone curious in the history of mankind. You will get to see the caves that are world-famous for the fossils that were discovered there. A well-informative, amazing discovery and experience not to be missed!

The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage Site spanning on 47 000 hectares of land. The tour is packed with history told to us through the ancient fossils that were found here.
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of eight South African World Heritage Sites. It is the world's richest hominin site, home to around 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils.

The 53 000 ha area is also home to a diversity of birds, animals and plants, some of which are rare or endangered.

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  • Mrs. Ples & Little Foot
  • Sterkfontein Caves
  • The new scientific exhibition

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  • Mrs. Ples & Little Foot
    In 1947 a scientist found the almost complete skull of an adult female and initially named the skull Plesianthropus transvaalensis (near-man from Transvaal), but it became better known by its nickname, Mrs. Ples. In 1997, a near complete skeleton of a second species of Australopithecus was found in the caves. The skeleton was named Little Foot, since the first parts found (in 1995, in storage) were the bones of a foot.
  • Sterkfontein Caves
    Sterkfontein (Afrikaans for Strong Spring) is a set of limestone caves of special interest to paleo-anthropologists located in Gauteng province, about 40 km (23 miles) Northwest of Johannesburg. Sterkfontein is a South African National Heritage Site and was also declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and the area in which it is situated, was named the Cradle of Humankind.
  • The new scientific exhibition
    The new scientific exhibition showcases a reconstruction of a mined cave – formations and geology, early life forms, mammals and hominid fossils, among other topics. It describes in detail important finds, as well as providing information about fossilisation, palaeobotany and landscapes.

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Departure from your hotel or guesthouse in the Johannesburg area.



  • registered tour guide
  • transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • entrance fee to the Cradle of Humankind

Not included:

  • lunch
  • optional extras



    • General information and conditions of carriage prices, routes, places of interest, destinations, hotels and restaurants are subject to availability and to change
    • Tour departure and arrival are approximate
    • In case of non-presentation on the tours, full cancellation fees will apply.
    • You can cancel until 24 hours before your tours.  
    • German, French, Spanish as well as other foreign language guides are available on request
    • All tours are subject to minimum 2 of passengers
    • All our vehicles are insured substantially for passenger liability
    • Luggage and personal possessions are carried at your own risk
    • Please ensure that valuables and travel documents are kept safe at all time


  • Children under 12 benefit from a -50% discount

Tour Reviews

Tour Reviews

Shauna van der Spuy -

The guide that I had was so friendly and informed. This half day tour was fascinating, intriguing and filled with wonder. The Caves are mind blowing and beautiful, and Maropeng with its interesting architecture and interactive exhibits was a treat. I want to return with my grandchildren!

3 years ago

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