The Cradle of Humankind
This world-famous attraction has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. It is also home to the outstanding Sterkfontein Caves – the world’s richest hominin site, where around 40% of all human ancestor fossils can be found.
After a one hour road transfer, the day starts with an Ancestors Tour which visits the informative and interactive Origins Museum, with its extensive collection of rock art, including the earliest Iron Age rock art images made by humans.
We then make our way to the Sterkfontein Caves, embarking on a journey through the past times of human life – including the oldest known human skull, affectionately referred to as ‘Mrs Ples’. Tours start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves.
Your day tour includes:
- All entrance fees applicable to the tour, at both locations
- Transfer by luxury air-conditioned vehicle
- Specialist guides at each location who are familiar with the different aspects of local tourism
- Plenty of time to view the rock art and the underground caves, with the opportunity for many stunning photographs
The Sterkfontein Caves are a complex of fossil-bearing caves which contain a superbly-preserved record of the stages in the evolution of humankind over the past four million years. They are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations of the World Heritage Site.
The main objective of the Cradle of Humankind is to balance the conservation of remarkable scientific evidence of human origins, and the near-pristine environment from which it arose, with the need for development of scientific research, education and tourism.