Project Description

Cradle of Humankind Half Day Tour

R950 per person

  • Full day

  • Easy

  • Pickup available

Experience the Cradle of Humankind on this fun-filled half day tour. The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1999. The official visitor centre at the Cradle of Humankind is Maropeng, which means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana. A visit to Maropeng takes tourists to South Africa on a trip back some 3-million years to when our ancestors lived in the area. It quite literally is the birthplace of humanity.

What to expect from the Cradle of Humankind Half Day Tour

The Cradle of Humankind Half Day Tour encompasses the farms of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai which are located in a region that lies between two major cities in South Africa; Johannesburg and Pretoria. The protected heritage site spans an area of 47 000 hectares, lying on a bed of dolomite deposited around 2.5-billion years ago. Similar fossils have been found at other sites in south and east Africa, but the Cradle of Humankind has produced more than 950 hominid fossil specimens and presents evidence of human evolution over the last 3.5 million years.

We begin our tour at the Maropeng Visitors Centre, where we learn about the evolution of the world and especially humankind, in an interactive way. See fossils, learn how humankind evolved, view stone tools up to 1-million years old, take a ride through the ‘ice age’ or buy a typical South African souvenir at one of the market stalls or the curio shop. Maropeng is informative and entertaining for young and old alike!

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What’s included

  • Free onboard uncapped WiFi
  • Transfers in an comfortable vehicle
  • Pickup in Johannesburg
  • Entrance to Maropeng

What’s excluded

  • Personal purchases
  • Food and drinks other than stated

Cancellation & refund policy

Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be withheld if cancelled with short notice.

  • 1 day notice: 100% charge
  • 3 days notice: 50% charge
  • 7 days notice: 25% charge