THE CRADLE OF HUMANKIND WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The Cradle of Humankind region in South Africa, which is approximately 90 minutes’ drive from the Johannesburg city centre, 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.
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.
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.