Sterkfontein Cave

Sterkfontein Cave, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site: Hours, Address, Sterkfontein Cave Reviews: 4.5/5

Sterkfontein Cave
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Sit­u­at­ed an hour’s dri­ve from Johan­nes­burg and Pre­to­ria, the Sterk­fontein Caves are world-famous for their fos­sil finds and are a pop­u­lar vis­i­tor destination. After an exten­sive facelift in 2005, the Sterk­fontein Caves site is now home to a top restau­rant and con­fer­enc­ing facil­i­ties, offer­ing easy access to the caves with mod­ern walk­ways and a board­walk past the exca­va­tion site where glob­al­ly acclaimed fos­sils have been discovered. The Sterk­fontein Caves are owned by the Uni­ver­si­ty of the Wit­wa­ter­srand, whose sci­en­tists have been respon­si­ble for the main exca­va­tions at this World Her­itage Site. They are cred­it­ed with many of the most notable dis­cov­er­ies in the caves, includ­ing the world-famous fos­sils of Mrs Ples and Lit­tle Foot, the lat­ter being an almost com­plete Aus­tralo­p­ithe­cus skele­ton dat­ing back more than three mil­lion years. The tours at the Sterk­fontein Caves, which start above ground and then take vis­i­tor
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Paul
Windhoek, Namibia13 contributions
Great Tour
Feb 2020 • Couples
We bought a combo ticket to get into the cave at Maropeng, Cradle of Mankind, after the tour the, we drove down to the caves it's a few minutes away.

The guide takes us through the cave and gives us a great lesson, on the formation, we were allowed to ask questions and he was very helpful. It takes about an hour to go through it. It's a pretty awesome experience.
Written January 9, 2021
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RovingCivilEngineer
Gloucestershire, UK131 contributions
Great place for the mind... When it's quiet, it's ethereal.
Jun 2019
You have to join a ranger tour to go underground.
You can book online, but in mid winter we just rocked up, bought a combo ticket for the Visitor Centre, and after half an hour met our tour guide 'Romeo'.

First a short walk, that would be very hot the rest of the year, as there is no shade.
Then the manhole cover is unlocked, and you teeter down into the cave.
It's a bit of a scramble in places, no problem if you are fit.
But being more than overweight, I only just squeezed through, and had to really suck my belly in.
Some bits are crawling only, so you could get a bit grubby.
Oh - and no open toed shoes / sandals, long trousers a good idea. It's cooler than on the surface, still warmish, but a bit too cold for tee shirt.

Great fun though.

Great to see where they found (what were at the time) the first proto humans.
3 to 2.6 million years ago, a female fell into a hole, she could have been injured, or could have starved to death, and another was found that is about 2.2 million years old. The have also found several sub species of Homo, and a Human that is 1.7 million years old.

Great tour and very informative guide....
Written May 4, 2020
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prani2016
Johannesburg, South Africa30 contributions
Sterkfontein Caves
Feb 2019
If you want to see caves at least once in your lifetime.... do visit this cave. We opted for the caves and museum combo.The cradle of humankind is a world heritage site. The oldest human fossil was found here. Before you enter the caves displays of fossils, ancient tools and stages of the evolution of modern day human can be viewed. You get ready with your helmet and walk outside, where the tour guide explains items en-route to the cave. It was a long walk to the inside of the cave. There were tight spaces that you have to enter through and on your knees. Good clothes are not recommended. It is a beautiful sight to see. The Cradle of Humankind had a short boat ride that you can take over and over if you wanted to. You experience natural elements as the boat goes through- wind, rain, snow and fire. It was a very interesting trip.
Written January 20, 2020
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Thanks for this review, prani2016. Yes, comfortable clothes and shoes are a must for the Sterkfontein Caves!
Written January 29, 2020
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Prega N
Scottburgh, South Africa11 contributions
Visit to Sterkfontein Caves and Museum
Dec 2019
We opted for the caves and museum combo.The cradle of humankind is a world heritage site. The oldest humanoid fossil was found here. Before you enter the caves displays of fossils, ancient tools and stages of the evolution of modern day human can be viewed.The tour guide was very knowledgeable,humerous and warm. The lime stone and rock formations were amazing. The tour takes an about an hour, a must do for everyone, but be warned that you have to go through some tight spaces in and out. Not recommended for visitors with mobility problems and parents with little babies. The museum in Maropeng was an absolutely incredible experience, not a typical museum, really educational and thought provoking. It is really of first world standard. Mind boggling for both adults and children. There are restuarants, a hotel and grassy parks to relax. Beautiful scenery,do take a camera along. The drive from JHB is approximately an hour,perfect trip for a family day out.
Written January 10, 2020
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Thanks for this really great review, Prega N. Glad you enjoyed your day out with us!
Written January 29, 2020
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Curious Herbivore
Bloemfontein, South Africa44 contributions
Great trip
Jan 2020 • Family
The tour runs every hour. I'm glad that I bought the combo ticket for the cave and the museum. Much cheaper like that!
The cave itself is not as spectacular as Congo cave, but rich in history and lot more fun!
Written January 8, 2020
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Glad you had fun, CathyH2369!
Written January 29, 2020
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Neesi N
Roodepoort, South Africa40 contributions
Informative, a must do!
Dec 2019
Pushing the boundaries in tight underground spaces. Guide was knowledgeable..You leave here having learnt and experienced something rewarding.
Written January 8, 2020
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Thanks for sharing your experience, Neesi N!
Written January 29, 2020
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Chelly
Magaliesburg, South Africa71 contributions
Awesome
Dec 2019 • Couples
It is well worth it to buy a combo ticket at Maropeng which allows you acces to the visitors centre and the caves which is situated 11km from Maropeng itself. Our guide's name was Norman and he was awesome. Making jokes and also entertaining us throughout our tour through the cave. This is a must see. Just know that there is some squatting, possible sliding and also alot of stairs involved!
Written December 31, 2019
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Abraham B
Fochville40 contributions
Worth your time and energy
Dec 2019 • Family
I love places where my children and myself can learn something, enjoy ourself, eat or drink something and be able to afford it!! Strekfontein Caves is one of those places. Close to the city, well kept and very informative. A great place to visit for half a day.
Written December 29, 2019
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LouiseKR
Melbourne, Australia155 contributions
Fascinating to see, a little disorganized
Dec 2019 • Couples
The caves are facinating and great to see. There is also a short exhibition which shows overlapping information to the Maropeng visitor center. We didn't need to book a specific tour, but on arrival we were told that there was one leaving in 10 minutes. We rushed to the meeting point and waited. It was over 40 minutes before the tour set off. The group was about 25 people and a bit too big - slow to move around and hard to get good views of everything a sthe guide described it. It is very rough and slippery under foot with few rails to hold on to. It was difficult for someone unsteady on their feet. The confined spaces were short tunnels of about 1m x 1m. I am a large lady and this was fine for me. But I recommend not carrying a bag and wearing very sturdy shoes.
Written December 27, 2019
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Phillip Benton
Laurel, DE74 contributions
BREATHTAKING ❤️
Dec 2019 • Friends
Went through the caves with the group I was with and it was unbelievable the history the your guide Romeo was fantastic very knowledgeable indeed would definitely recommend this to everyone you won't be disappointed
Written December 18, 2019
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