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Sterkfontein Cave

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Address: Sterkfontein Caves Rd., Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 14 577 9000

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Not what we expected

Firstly, let me say that the guided tour of the cave was well done, our guide was friendly and informative and the general presentation was good. That said however, the main... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Firstly, let me say that the guided tour of the cave was well done, our guide was friendly and informative and the general presentation was good. That said however, the main reason for us going there was to view the location where fossils and remains of 3 million year old hominids were found, together with fossils of prehistoric animals and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

We had a great guide, Matebello, who was very knowledgeable, and explained everything about the caves, and what had been found in them The caves themselves were not that interesting,if you have visited the Congo Caves, but the fact that our "fore-bearers" came from here, makes them that more fascinating. You will be given a hard hat and you will... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Really enjoyed this - historically interesting and educational. Our guide was excellent and walking through the caves is an amazing experience. If you do nothing else in JHB - do this!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It was great and you get to see our "ancestors" Little foot and where he was dug up. it was scary and you have to be fit to be able to complete this well. I was not fit so I had to back out after a while. If you have asthma, it is also not a good option for you.... More 

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We were given protective helmets and a guide took us (My two sons 8 & 10 & myself) to the caves. It was our first time in a cave. It was well lit, it had good ventilation and there was a rubber mat on the ground through out the cave to avoid slipping. Our guide was knowledgeable and made it... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Combined with the Maropeng centre, the Sterkfontein (and Wonder cave) would provide a very good weekend day outing as we did. If want to take it a step furher, then visit the Origins Centre near the University of the Witwatersrand. The Sterkfontein centre is modest, clean and practical with a small shop, drinks and snack kiosk. The caves themselves are... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This was a big mistake! For my age I am reasonably fit but not very agile. Crawling on hands and knees through very narrow gaps is not for me and I think people need to be warned. It was an experience I would not want to repeat and frankly the caves were by no means the most interesting I have... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I highly recommend this. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and funny. The caves are much bigger than you would imagine, beautifully cool and serene inside and amazing to gaze upon. Lots of background information surrounding the discovery of Mrs Ples and other hominids. There are a lot of stairs, and the second half of the tour is filled with... More 

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The caves are a great sight to behold and as you can get a double pass with Maropeng are definitely worth visiting. Our group had a 10 month old baby and a pregnant woman. Not until we actually commenced the walk did we know we couldn't take a stroller nor that you have to crawl through some sections meaning one... More 

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Randburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

it is a very interesting place and the tour guide was very educational I just can't remember his name medium height dark in complexion he thought us a lot

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