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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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Fun family outing

Experience the thrill of descending into the belly of they earth in an open mine elevator to check out curious rock formations older than anybody you know and marvel at the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Experience the thrill of descending into the belly of they earth in an open mine elevator to check out curious rock formations older than anybody you know and marvel at the eeriness of a cavern thousands of years old.

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Boksburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited Sterkfontein Cave before it was a heritage site and it was a good experience but certainly placed 3rd in comparison to Cango Caves and Sudwala Caves yet the price is about 4 times more than the other 2. Absolutely unaffordable for our family of 4, we drove for an hour to get there, then turned around without... More 

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Vienna, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not a "scenic" cave in the usual sense of the term, but is important to visit because of the fossils that have been found there - Mrs. Ples and Little Foot, specifically. Anyone interested in the original humanity will want to consider a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I signed up to a tour to visit this and Maropeng (the visitors centre/museum, about 8km away) and really enjoyed it. The cave tour lasts about 1 hour; not very strenuous at all (there were some older people in our party who managed it easily) and the cave galleries are very beautiful. There are a couple of short stretches where... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the Sterkfontein caves is a must, coupled with a visit to the Maropeng Visitors Centre. The guide was really keen, informative and had a lovely sense of humour. He did warn people about having to crawl / crouch low for a few metres inside the cave and my family and I managed quite well. In my opinion,... More 

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Thank Liesl W
Durban
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour of sterkfontein caves is not for thrill seekers. It doesn't provide any challenge to a physically fit person unless you're elderly or have a baby with you.The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The maropeng experience while in my opinion was more exciting needed a guide and more clear directions. I personally felt that there needed to be... More 

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a good tour to do if you are interested in this sort of thing. There is a guided walking tour which take you through the cave. However, be aware that there are lots of steps and places where you have to crawl or squat to move through the cave so you need to dress with that in mind.... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Having lived in Johannesburg for 20 years I am embarassed to say I have never visited this heritage site before. I was amazed at how beautifiully preserved it is, the cleanliness and the very impressive way it is run. We were greeted by friendly staff and the process was easy to get tickets and continue on the tour. Our tour... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Sterkfontein is one of the world's most productive and important palaeoanthropological sites. It is the place where the very fist adult ape-man was found. This ancient cave system has over the years revealed a sequence of deposits with fossils dating from about 3.5 to 1.5 million years ago. If you go there you will be able to see the remains... More 

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Thank Gulati2015
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Very interesting visit to the caves and the interpretation centre. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, although some of the older members of our group did note that they couldn't follow everything that was said. The caves are a reasonably taxing exercise for the elderly, more due to the occasional tight low tunnel and slippery dark floors than the... More 

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