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Cradle of Humankind Half-Day Tour from Johannesburg

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    The "Cradle of Humankind" was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 and is located about 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, in the Gauteng province. This site currently occupies 47.000 hectares and contains a complex of limestone caves.

    The Sterkfontein Caves contain the discovery of a 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed "Mrs. Ples"), found in 1947 by Robert Broom and John T. Robinson. This important discovery helped to corroborate the 1924 discovery of the juvenile 'Australopithecus africanus' skull, "Taung Child", by Raymond Dart, at Taung in the North West Province of South Africa, where excavations still continue.

    Nearby the site, but not in the site, the Rising Star Cave system contains the Dinaledi Chamber ("chamber of stars") in which were discovered fifteen fossil skeletons of extinct species of hominin, provisionally named 'Homo naledi'.

    Sterkfontein alone has produced more than a third of early hominid fossils ever found prior to 2010. The Dinaledi Chamber contains over 1500 'H. naledi' fossils, the most extensive discovery of a single hominid species ever found in Africa.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    O.R Tambo International Airport or your centrally located hotel in Johannesburg
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    6h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Driver/guide (FGASA and DEAT registered)
    • One bottle of water per guest
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Entry/Admission - Sterkfontein Cave
    • Entry/Admission - The Cradle of Humankind
    Exclusions
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Additional drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Dress according to the weather of the day. Bring a warm jacket, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, proper shoes, camera, and binoculars
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed August 17, 2019 via mobile

    I enjoyed the tour very much but I think it would have been better to know in advance that going through the cave was physically a little difficult. One of my friends has copd and the small enclosed space that we had to crawl through...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Mary S
    Reviewed April 9, 2019 via mobile

    We enjoyed our half day tour with Daniel tremendously, first to the Sterkfontein caves then to the Cradle of the Humankind museum. Daniel also gladly slowed the vehicle down and pointed out to us the animals which we passed on the road every now and...More

    Thank WynneY
    Reviewed June 6, 2018

    I enjoyed the tour. It was interesting. It gives a different point of view on creation! You can walk through at your on pace.

    Date of experience: April 2018
    Thank DeltaZ930
    Reviewed April 4, 2018

    I can not express my gratitude towards my tour guide ADOLF who drove me to the cradle of Human Kind, Sterkfontein caves. He was excellent driver, amazing friend and talkative for my questions. He answered all my questions related to life in Africa, culture of...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    2  Thank SandhyaK
    Reviewed March 26, 2018

    First of all, this place was not located where Google Maps had it located, it is closer to Sterkfontein Cave. Also, if you purchase tickets for Sterkfontein Cave, the Cradle of Humankind is included. There were many different exhibits that seemed to stretch out over...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    1  Thank Lost-in-the-wind
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