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Full-Day Cradle of Humankind Safari Tour
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Full-Day Cradle of Humankind Safari Tour

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Explore the Cradle of Humankind on a full-day tour from Pretoria. Learn about the earliest homid relatives and their way of life in the Maropeng region, then visit the Sterkfontein caves. Finish the day with a drive through a local wildlife park in search of Africa's Big Five, followed by a buffed dinner.
$203.13 per adult
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RovingCivilEngineer wrote a review May 2020
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom131 contributions118 helpful votes
The Cradle of Humankind comprises fifteen individual visitor sites, over an area roughly equivalent in size to an English county or a French commune. You cannot see them all in one day. I've attached a photo of the info board that shows the distribution. The two 'big' sites are Maropeng Visitor Centre and Sterkfontein Caves. These can easily be seen on the same day, and welcome tourists. Visits to the some of the secondary sites have to be booked, otherwise you will find the gates locked. Most (all?) of the current excavation sites are closed to the public. But it's still well worth going, to Maropeng and Sterkfontein, to imagine what life was like for the first humans. You don't need a guided tour to get there, the roads are good. Maropeng, you can just walk round, but Sterkfontein you have to join a ranger tour. You can buy tickets online, but we just turned up, bought a 'combo' ticket to both sites, and joined a tour half an hour later. Find websites for 'The Cradle of Humankind' on the Gauteng Tourism Authority or 'Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves Official Visitor Centre'.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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jpcheshire1615 wrote a review Mar 2020
Alderley Edge, United Kingdom308 contributions100 helpful votes
The Cradle of Humankind, norththwest of Johannesburg, is an extremely important area for paleontology. Many of the oldest hominid remains in the world were found here. It has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. We had high hopes but unfortunately were disappointed by our visit in a number of ways. We got tickets for the Maropeng visitor centre and the Sterkfontein Caves. Visitors should plan their route carefully: the signposting on the nearby roads is surprisingly poor. First the visitor centre. We got the feeling that it did not really know who its target audience was. The boat ride with which we started our tour of the museum was quite enjoyable (though aimed at children) but there was no expanation of the link between it and the rest of the museum. In the museum proper there were plenty of buttons to press and objects to set in motion, but there were also very detailed written explanations on the walls, some of them not well lit and as a result difficult to read. We longed to find a narrative linking the various stages of human development and perhaps a family tree making the relationship between the different hominids and modern humans clear, but we found none. There was so much potential in this museum but frustratingly it was not realised. The Sterkfontein Caves are a distance away from the museum (you need your own transport). It is in these caves that many of the hominid fossils were actually found (including the celebrated "Mrs Ples"). The finds are not on view in the caves. The hourly tour shows you tound the caves which are rather atmospheric but not very different from many other caves around the world. The guide brought the story of the searches and discoveries to light, though. We came away impressed by amazing stores of how many of these fundamental discoveries were found by accident when experts came across unexpected objects. We enjoyed our visit and it was good to see such a significant archaeological site. We thought, however, that the museum could have made the visit a much more enriching experience. It was such an interesting subject but it was not presented well even to an audience that was eager to find out more.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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stevelDurban wrote a review Feb 2020
Durban, South Africa160 contributions38 helpful votes
Welcome home. Thats how you're greeted when you arrive at this place only to realize he is stating the truth. The museum is well worth the visit and will give you a lot to think about
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Maneesh K wrote a review Feb 2020
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom122 contributions9 helpful votes
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What a great place to visit! A must see location for anyone visiting Johannesburg. The cave system is mind boggling, educational and worth the time. There are lots of educational content in the visitors center and the museum. This is a place I would recommend highly.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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CatStevensUK wrote a review Feb 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa6 contributions
The scenery here is worth the drive alone, but the museum is very much aimed at school children. There is also a somewhat pointless boat ride with no narration or explanation as to what is going on. The staff here however are very friendly, especially the security guards.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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