Sterkfontein Cave
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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elizarenn
Chattanooga, TN390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
By all means, go.
Yes, you will need to walk through some tight spaces and walk up and down stairs, but Sterkfontein is the real Cradle of Humankind, where nearly 50% of hominid fossils have been discovered and are continuing to be discovered. (In fact, scientists were working on a dig in the cave as we were on our tour, so the site is still contributing to the world’s understanding of our history.)

Our guide was personable and knowledgeable, answering all questions patiently and even, after reading the group and knowing we’d be up for it, taking us to crawl through a cave tunnel that was not part of the regular tour. That unexpected adventure made the experience even more delightful.

I recommend booking your tour online, especially if you want to avoid going in with a group of school children.
Written June 20, 2022
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DrCDB
Chile1,007 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Friends
Quite impressive cave and story around the archeological remains found there. The guide tour was very elocuent. The are several school buses coming for a visit during the day with hundreds of childrens; recommend visiting the cave at the start of the morning to avoid crowds.
Written October 10, 2022
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TKriek01
Durban, South Africa16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We had a very knowledgeable guide. He was excellent and patient with all the people on the tour. He made the entire experience uplifting and worth every moment. This Cave Tour is not recommended for people with walking disabilities or back issues. I'm relieved that I did not take my elderly Father on this tour, as there is a fare amount of up and down stairs and crawling through short tunnels in the cave walls. You have to be careful to not bumping your head. Everyone is provided with a Construction Site style helmet, to wear while in the Caves. We would certainly recommend the Cave tour. The Moropeng Tour Exhibition is the one to take your disabled or elderly family to instead, this is only 8 km away at their other site, much safer mobility option.
Written May 10, 2022
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Paul
Windhoek, Namibia14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Stuart T
Johannesburg, South Africa32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
The caves were closed Sunday mid day, with no reason posted as to why.

Given this is a popular tourist attraction, a bit more customer care would be nice.

Further, there is no notification of the closure on the various web sited affiliated with the caves.
Written September 14, 2023
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Goes perfectly with a visit to the Maropeng Museum a short drive away. The tour to the caves last ~1 hour and hen you need about another 60-90 minutes to read everything in the welcome area they have on the topic. This was super informative and eye opening to see just how much ancestral history has been, and is yet to be, found in this area.
Written December 3, 2021
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jbushman2017
Nipomo, CA486 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The cave is currently closed until July because of flooding as of last December. This is the site where many archeological finds were made of early humans. This makes it one of the most important archeological sites in the world. Presumable you can visit the caves and they are only about 7 miles from the Cradle of Human Kind visitor center. But despite Google saying the place is open, as of June 1, it is not. If going, I would confirm its status beforehand.
Written June 1, 2023
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louise Y
125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I was pleased to have a chance to visit such an historic site. Beware there a lot of steps and some areas that you may briefly have to kneel or slip on your butt. Note, I am a 67 yr old woman at 5"11 and I did it
Written August 20, 2022
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Curious Herbivore
Bloemfontein, South Africa47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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anirbanb
Mumbai, India328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Overwhelming probably is a great way to describe it - no it doesn't dazzle, no it is not something out of the ordinary - it is simply the Cradle of Humankind and that's what is overwhelming - two oldest human forms were found here - the earliest known man-ape...
Great guides take you through the cave - up and down and tell you the wonders of it all. You need to be fit not super fit to do this - it's not scary - if you are asthmatic just carry your pump. There is only one section in which you have to crawl through a small space - and it's over before you can say jackrabbit!! Quite a few steps to climb up and down. A must visit if you ever felt like knowing from where we all began... The caves have never been lived in - the two people found probably fell into the caves and died there only to be discovered billions of years late!!!
Written May 23, 2015
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Thank you for your incredible feedback. You have captured exactly what the cradle of humankind is all about and what is represents to humankind. I do hope you will visit again soon. Kind Regards Lindsay Marshall
Written May 25, 2015
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