STERKFONTEIN CAVES AND MAROPENG VISITOR CENTRE TOUR (Full day: ± 8 hours)
Hours allocated above include travelling times.
Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of humankind was declared A WORLD HERITAGE SITE by UNESCO in 1999, because of its exceptional contribution, to our understanding of Humankind History, and development over more than 3 million years. It is about 50km north-west of Johannesburg. There are 15 major fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind of which the Sterkfontein Caves is the richest.
About 1000 hominid fossils have been discovered at Sterkfontein Caves. It is one of the richest and most productive Polaeo-anthrological sites in the world. The birth place of Humanity. Ancestors lived here for more than 3 million years ago.
Fossils on display are a testimony to the origins of Humankind. The Ape-man skull discovered by Robert Broom in 1947 is one of the fossils on display. The skull was later named Mrs. Ples; this skull rocketed Sterkfontein Caves into World prominence. The skull is estimated to be more than 2.3 million years old. Professor Ron Clarke discovered the little foot; an almost complete hominid skeleton aged about 3.5 million years old.
A guided tour of the Caves which descend 60 meters below the ground will leave you with memorable and informative experience.
A 20 metre tall concrete visitor centre houses the following:
Homonym exhibition hall with highly informative displays.
A charming souvenir shop.
A restaurant offering spectacular view of the surrounding sites.
Please wear comfortable shoes when visiting the Caves Sterkfontein Caves tour is for the physically healthy people. There are a number of tight spots and pathways to negotiate, the tour is not recommended for people who are Claustrophobic. It is also not recommended for people who have acute asthma and people who have chest problems.
MAROPENG VISITORS CENTRE
Maropeng Visitor Centre is a short drive from Sterkfontein Caves. It is an extinguishing World-Class Exhibition focusing on the development of Humans and our Ancestors over the past few million years. The fossil Exhibits cover an area of 2500m². The exhibition centre is housed in the Tumulus, unique architectural structure resembling an ancient burial mount.
Maropeng provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view original hominids and dinosaur fossils, as well as ancient artefacts. The interactive displays will leave you feeling exhilarated about the Past, Present and future.
You will also realize that all of Humans share an African heritage. The underground boat ride is retracing the various stages of the Creation of Earth.