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Cradle of Life Info Centre

R38, Badplaas, South Africa
+27 82 345 1924
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The wonders

There is alot we learnt, at Badplaas. Iam now educated than before. There is a information centre... read more

Reviewed December 20, 2017
Silence X
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Great drive

We took the 2 hour drive that has the feeding of the predators as a feature. Sizwe our guide was... read more

Reviewed December 13, 2017
Pauline D
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Welcome to Cradle of Life Take an old farmer's co-op, set amongst disused quarries, in the most stunning patch of untouched wilderness. Establish that this is in an area which is recognised as home to the oldest well preserved sequence of volcanic and sedimentary rocks on Earth and then raze the building to the ground! Now gather together some of the most creative minds around, add some eminent historians, geologists and people with a passion for conservation and you have a recipe for a wonderfully exciting development! The Cradle of Life in Badplaas. The Cradle of Life is just that, with the word Cradle signifying the early beginnings of life on earth. Records of Earth's earliest life forms, including microfossils, stromatolites, biomats and other organically derived material have been discovered in the adjacent Barberton mountains which have been dated at some 3600 million years of age. Life is very much part and parcel of the environment here, not only ancient, but modern too. The most impressive array of earthly animal species, exotic and indigenous, have been gathered together at the Cradle of Life. These include white lions, tigers, jaguars, pumas, leopards, cheetahs, Siberian wolves, hyenas and meerkats. There is also an absolute abundance of bird life including raptors and LBJ's for the birding enthusiast. View the latest list of birds here. Our 'fresh fuel', clean restrooms, and well stocked convenience store provide a welcome break on a long journey and our spacious restaurant will provide a range of delicious meals for travellers wanting to take a longer break on their journey. We also offer accommodation, venues for weddings, conferences, and game drives.
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R38, Badplaas, South Africa
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Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

There is alot we learnt, at Badplaas. Iam now educated than before. There is a information centre. Thanks

1  Thank Silence X
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Reviewed December 13, 2017 via mobile

We took the 2 hour drive that has the feeding of the predators as a feature. Sizwe our guide was very knowledgeable. A good afternoon spend with the kids.

2  Thank Pauline D
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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

We're on our way to Volksrust and we stopped because I was inquisitive. Had a very nice light lunch. They have some interesting animals which with the environment create a relaxing ambience. The only negative is that they, like many other restaurants flout the smoking...More

Thank De Wet V
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Reviewed October 4, 2017

Great potential but I will never stay there again, dirty, bad service, had to ask for linnen and blankets! Restaurant - bad bad bad, the worst service ever, wait for 20 minutes just for waiter to even notice us in an empty restaurant, another 20...More

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Reviewed August 1, 2017

We stopped for a bite and a look around. The food was pretty good but the service was slow. There were about 10 cages with 2 animals in them (a monkey and a mongoose). There were tons of rocks in the lobby and not a...More

Thank eam4586
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Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Fun stop to see animals with options to play with them. The brunch on Sunday is good. Over all a bit pricy for the food and activities.

Thank Claire B
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Andre S, Shareholder at Cradle of Life Info Centre, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2016

Thank you Claire for your kind review.

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Reviewed July 21, 2016

One of the best in my hood , the Game Drive experience was best ever at a reasonable rate however they need to improve on the food quality a new well trained chef can do wonders but prices not bad at all . My kids...More

1  Thank Nelisiwe M
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Andre S, Shearholder at Cradle of Life Info Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2016

Thank you for the nice review. :-) We have some super ideas coming up in the restaurant department.

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Reviewed June 29, 2016

This is an awesome place to visit. The safari's are great. They have exotic big cats in large enclosures that you can visit closely from the back of the safari vehicle. You are guaranteed to see wildlife. The restaurant at this venue is not good....More

1  Thank TravelingDutches
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Andre S, Shareholder at Cradle of Life Info Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 30, 2016

Thank you for your kind review. We are proud of our game reserve so it's nice to hear positive feedback. Sorry about the cold food and service at the restaurant. We have a new manager on board since your visit so I am sure this...More

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Reviewed May 12, 2016

I made a reservation at the beginning of March for 3 adults for 1 night - 25 April at Cradle of life. Arrived at 16h00 after a long day in the car – check-in is scheduled for 14h00, only to find our chalet was never...More

Thank glynisApril2015
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Andre S, Shareholder at Cradle of Life Info Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2016

Dear Glynis, Our sincere apologies - we are taking this complaint seriously. Unfortunately a chain of events led to your unit not being ready. The previous guests were late in checking out, (we had to ask them to leave a few times). When the housekeeper...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Very good stone display and restaurant (for a quick stop over). Service at the restaurant very friendly, albeit a bit slow.Will return for the game drive!

Thank Anton En Rosie C
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