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The Cradle of Humankind

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“homo naledi”(8 reviews)
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Krugersdorp North, South Africa
+27 11 659 1622
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 June 2012

We made the mistake (like many other people driving around) of thinking that Cradle of Humankind was a place as opposed to an area. The whole area is called "Cradle of Humankind" with 2 key attractions - the caves and the maropeng site. The cave...More

4  Thank kayehm
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 September 2014 via mobile

We had a problem with the agency we booked, but the real problem was with the way the staff and specially the manager treated us because of our agency mistake! The manager was a rude lady, that instead of trying to make our day better,...More

3  Thank lali_paiva
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All reviews boat ride sterkfontein caves homo naledi human kind world heritage site cave tour human evolution interactive displays visitor center worth a visit ice age school kids interesting place fun experience underground lake on display world class
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was on a business trip nearby but extended my stay in order to visit the museum at Maropeng. Wow! I'm so glad I did. We managed to see the whole museum, which was in full operation and laid out in a way that brings...More

Thank KateW0909
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are visiting or passing through Johannesburg a stop at the caves and museum at the Cradle of Humankind is well worth your time. At the caves you descend through a narrow entrance to explore the limestone caverns where the remains of numerous members...More

Thank Steve A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s was amazing.. educational.. filled with historical facts and fossils.. traced mankind back 7 million years and learned about evolution.. no class room can teach this better.. Also going in the caves to see where and how these incredible fossils were found was just icing...More

Thank trish700x
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It took two-and-a-half hours to get to Maropeng from Johannesburg, instead of 45 minutes. When you search on Google Maps, search for "Cradle of Human kind". It will bring up "Maropeng - Cradle of Humankind". IGNORE that, because it will take you to a gas...More

Thank Lorraine J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great educational exhibition. The walk down to see the timeline was great, but at the end of the timeline was a door to a water ride! Great for kids however we were traveling with an elderly relative who on seeing the water ride had to...More

Thank L A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very nice outing with my family. All the facilities as very well maintained and clean. It was very informative . We enjoyed well prepared food at one off the food outlets and was happy with our meal. Can recommend this to others.

Thank Christas100
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had already visited the caves. The first part of the centre was very promising - a special exhibition on an important humanoid fossils remains find and excavation which was very well done indeed. The main museum, however, was a bit of a disappointment for...More

Thank PipPaul W
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Very interesting half day tour from Johannesburg. The museum had lots of info and displays on the earliest discovered hominids though it was not very large. Our tour guide was good. He did explain at the start that it would be all walking about 60...More

Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Yes if u havent been to the centre and the exhibits then this is a must wen u in Gauteng area. and especially the boat ride with the kids is something really worthwhile and educational

Thank feroz i
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed the day here! Loved the cave tours and the museum. I learned a lot and the museum was very engaging. Great way to spend the day!

Thank Mary B
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31 May 2018|
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Response from Sherlock-usa | Reviewed this property |
Two would be good.
6 July 2016|
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Response from Derek i | Reviewed this property |
I would agree with the earlier answer. Our visit to view the exhibition and the caves took between 3 and 4 hours.