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Maropeng Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Cave Experience
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Maropeng Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Cave Experience

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The limestone caverns that thread the Cradle of Humankind were once home to some of our earliest ancestors: Hominid fossils found here date back over three million years. Experience this UNESCO World Heritage Site direct from your door with a guide, in a group capped at just 14 travelers. Enjoy interactive exhibits, including a boat ride, at Maropeng Visitor Centre museum, then explore the mysterious Sterkfontein Caves.
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Paul wrote a review 9 Jan
Windhoek, Namibia14 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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RovingCivilEngineer wrote a review May 2020
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom131 contributions125 helpful votes
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....
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Date of experience: June 2019
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prani2016 wrote a review Jan 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa29 contributions6 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Response from Maropeng_Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Sterkfontein Cave
Responded 28 Jan 2020
Thanks for this review, prani2016. Yes, comfortable clothes and shoes are a must for the Sterkfontein Caves!
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Prega N wrote a review Jan 2020
Scottburgh, South Africa11 contributions
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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Maropeng_Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Sterkfontein Cave
Responded 28 Jan 2020
Thanks for this really great review, Prega N. Glad you enjoyed your day out with us!
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Curious Herbivore wrote a review Jan 2020
Bloemfontein, South Africa44 contributions2 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Maropeng_Marketing, Public Relations Manager at Sterkfontein Cave
Responded 28 Jan 2020
Glad you had fun, CathyH2369!
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