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Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves

R400, Mogale 1911, Gauteng, South Africa

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Award-winning exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years.

Official Visitor Centres for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

Take a journey through time, starting with the formation of the planet and moving all the way through the evolutionary processes that culminated in the world as we know it today.

See fossils, learn about how humankind was born, view stone tools that are up to one million years old, and much more. This self-guided, interactive tour allows you to take all the time you need to ponder humanity’s fascinating origin story.

Tip: Make the most of your trip to Maropeng by getting a combination ticket that includes a visit to the Sterkfontein Caves.

Situated an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sterkfontein Caves are world-famous for their fossil finds and are a popular visitor destination.

After an extensive facelift in 2005, the Sterkfontein Caves site is now home to a top restaurant and conferencing facilities, offering easy access to the caves with modern walkways and a boardwalk past the excavation site where globally acclaimed fossils have been discovered.
The Sterkfontein Caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations at this World Heritage Site.

They are credited with many of the most notable discoveries in the caves, including the world-famous fossils of Mrs Ples and Little Foot, the latter being an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton dating back more than three million years.

The tours at the Sterkfontein Caves, which start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves, run seven days a week.

Pro tip for visitors: Our cave tours are very popular, particularly during the holidays. So give us a call on 014 577 9000, on the day of your visit, to find out what tour availability is like.

And, if you arrive and find the next cave-tour slot fully booked, then don’t fret – grab a bite at the Sterkfontein restaurant and enjoy the views while you wait for the next available slot. You can find out about the times from our ticket office or one of our helpful guides.

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