We started at Sterkfontein, where the waiting area has a very good exhibition on evolution of life in general and that of humankind in particular, as well as replicas of many of the local discoveries of early hominid and other fossils.
It is worth studying for about 45 minutes to get the context before going on the cave tour.
The caves themselves are not the most spectacular and there is not that much to see in them, but you know that you are only a few metres away from the largely intact fossil skeleton known as Little Foot which is very slowly, over many years, being removed form the rock that holds it. Little Foot is between 3 and 4 million years old. That sort of thing either turns you on or leaves you cold. The cave visit does require some stooping and even crawling for short distances, and there are a couple of hundred steps..
We had a 'combined' ticket which also allowed us to visit the educational centre at Maropeng. Clearly aimed at children, after the theme park style "boat ride" through the four elements, there is a section presenting some very interesting facts and posing questions, including about the issues raised by population growth and climate change.
At present, there is also an exhibition of fossils from the the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research (BPI) (based at Wits). There are some truly fascinating stories around the walls of this part of the exhibition.
If you are a creationist or a climate change sceptic, you will either hate this place or see it as a chance to test your arguments.
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