Cradle of Humankind tour Packages

STERKFONTEIN CAVES AND MAROPENG VISITOR CENTRE TOUR (Full day: ± 8 hours)

Hours allocated above include travelling times.

There are 15 major fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind of which the Sterkfontein Caves is the richest. A guided tour of the Caves which descend 60 meters below the ground will leave you with memorable and informative experience. 

The tour proceeds to Maropeng Visitor with fossil Exhibits covering an area of 2500m². The exhibition centre is housed in the Tumulus, a unique architectural structure resembling an ancient burial mount.

The underground boat ride is retracing the various stages of the Creation of Earth.

Half day tours to these attractions are available.
Sterkfontein Caves tour (Half day ±4 hrs)
Maropeng Visitor Centre (Half day± 4 hrs)

Pick up points
We pick up from your hotel, guest house, lodge, and work place, around Johannesburg, Johannesburg Central, South, North and North West, in Sandton, Rosebank, Fourways , Melrose Arch, Illovo, Randburg, Roodepoort,  Edenvale, Bedfordview, Kempton Park, Boksburg, Alberton, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria, Rosebank Gautrain Station, OR Tambo International airport including accommodations around the area

Pick up times:
Daily at 9:30am week days and 9:00am weekends and public holidays

Minimum: 1 Person

Package rates inclusions:

  • Transportation in a comfortable air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance and guided tour to Sterkfontein Caves and / Maropeng Visitor Centre

 

   


RESTAURANTS
Maropeng has restaurants selling light meals. Buffet lunch is served on Sundays.
Please advise if you want us to include buffet lunch on your package rate.
Buffet lunch is available daily for groups.Minimum:30 people
Maropeng also, has a restaurant selling light meals. We are able to organize light lunch for smaller groups.


Sterkfontein Caves

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.

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 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

Important: 
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 Visitor 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.

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

STERKFONTEIN AND RHINO AND LION PARK TOUR

 

OVERNIGHT STAY AT MAROPENG BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Maropeng Boutique Hotel

Maropeng boutigue hotel is a perfect choice of accommodation, If you prefer accommodation in the country side with beautiful scenery outside the city. The 4 Star luxury Maropeng Hotel with breath-taking views of the Witwatersrand and Magaliesberg ranges is the epitome of Luxury accommodation in the cradle of humankind.

Our package is inclusive of return transport to your accommodation in Johannesburg or O R Tambo International airport.
Maropeng hotel is renowned for its eco-friendly status.
The hotel sleeps up to 48 people and has ensuite well equipped rooms.

Quoted rates include:

  • Return transport from your accommodation in Johannesburg or O R Tambo International airport.
  • Accommodation including breakfast.
  • Guided tour of Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Visitor Centre.
Hotel Rates appear in rate sheet - please request rates if you want additional night/s stay at Maropeng.

 


 
 
 
 
 
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