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The Cradle of Humankind

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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Krugersdorp North, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I did a day trip from Pretoria with Ulysses tours. We visited Sterkfontein Caves first. Being 8 months pregnant, everyone was skeptical of our visit, but it ended up being fine for me. Other pregnant women may want to skip this part...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kjhjewett
Reviewed 1 week ago

Open your mind to see the place where Lucy was found. Fannya is a great tour guide. If you want to laugh and learn ask for him to tell and teach you something.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Monica P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really wasn’t sure what to make of this place. Some exhibits were really interesting but some were more like padding. The boat ride was like a poor indoor fairground ride. A mixture for all ages

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LindaH7071
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We only had an hour on our way to the Airport. Not enough time to do it justice but had to battle through very unruly school kids all not under the control of their Teachers. Be aware if you are elderly you may get tripped...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Phyllis C
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

I was on a business trip nearby but extended my stay in order to visit the museum at Maropeng. Wow! I'm so glad I did. We managed to see the whole museum, which was in full operation and laid out in a way that brings...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

If you are visiting or passing through Johannesburg a stop at the caves and museum at the Cradle of Humankind is well worth your time. At the caves you descend through a narrow entrance to explore the limestone caverns where the remains of numerous members...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steve A
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

It’s was amazing.. educational.. filled with historical facts and fossils.. traced mankind back 7 million years and learned about evolution.. no class room can teach this better.. Also going in the caves to see where and how these incredible fossils were found was just icing...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank trish700x
Reviewed October 28, 2018

It took two-and-a-half hours to get to Maropeng from Johannesburg, instead of 45 minutes. When you search on Google Maps, search for "Cradle of Human kind". It will bring up "Maropeng - Cradle of Humankind". IGNORE that, because it will take you to a gas...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lorraine J
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Great educational exhibition. The walk down to see the timeline was great, but at the end of the timeline was a door to a water ride! Great for kids however we were traveling with an elderly relative who on seeing the water ride had to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 599la
Reviewed October 14, 2018

This was a very nice outing with my family. All the facilities as very well maintained and clean. It was very informative . We enjoyed well prepared food at one off the food outlets and was happy with our meal. Can recommend this to others.

Date of experience: October 2018
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November 18, 2018|
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Response from aekrfk | Reviewed this property |
I think two hours for the tour is correct but you can easily spend another hour in the great museum and exhibit which puts everything into perspective. We were there for three hours.
May 31, 2018|
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Response from Sherlock-usa | Reviewed this property |
Two would be good.
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Los Angeles
Jimmy's Face to Face Tours (9 Replies)
Considering a tour with this company through Soweto. Has anyone used Jimmy's Face to Face Tours and can provide some feedback? Also, has anyone been the Cradle of Humankind? How is it?
January 30, 2009|
Response fromLisaJLosAngeles|
Thanks. I've already seen both websites. I am looking for someone who has some personal feedback.
Cape Town
Driving from CT to JHG - via Kimberley or Bloemfontein (2 Replies)
Hi there - Which route provides more interest in terms of stopping off spots while driving from Cape Town to Johannesburg? Going via Kimberley or Bloemfontein? Leaving on Wednesday and need to be on Johannesburg by Friday 12.00. Thought that it could be interesting to stop off at the Cradle of Humankind at Sterkstroom for Thursday night. And any recommendations of inexpensive accomodation to stop off along the way? Many thanks
September 25, 2008|
Response fromDawieSA|
Kimberly way we drove down thru kimberly and back thru bloemfontien the kimberly way was far better
Hotel suggestions near Craddle of Humankind (7 Replies)
Hello everybody! We are looking for a hotel close to the Cradle of Humankind and with easy acces to the "freeway". We are staying for one night and driving to Kruger the following morning. We are a family of 4 (two adults and two kids) no more than $200.00,family friendly place with restaurants, we are ok having two connected rooms. If you can advise in what area to look or hotels I will really appreciate it. Thanks in advance
June 28, 2017|
Response fromAuntieFr0mJ0zi|
Difficult one because even with suburban sprawl the Cradle is still out in the sticks. You could look at Glenburn Lodge, or somewhere I knew as Heia Safari Lodge (which seems to have reinvented itself as Cradle Moon) - I stayed at both on business seminars many years ago, and have no idea what they are like now. There may be other places in the Muldersdrift/Lanseria area that I'm unaware of.