The Cradle of Humankind is home to around 40% of the world’s human ancestor fossils making it the richest hominin fossil site in the world. The World Heritage Site offers visitors the opportunity to learn about stones and bones, discover and appreciate a range of wildlife species both living and extinct, experience South African culture, and so much more.
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Collection times may vary subject to hotel collection route. Reconfirmation will be sent the night before.
Block-out dates: 25 December
Entrance Fees to Maropeng Visitor Centre & Sterkfontein Caves
Maropeng Visitor Centre
The first stop is the Maropeng Visitor Centre which is an exciting, world-class exhibition, focusing on the evolution of humankind and our ancestors over the past few million years. The Maropeng exhibition is housed in the Tumulus building which is a magnificent piece of architecture reflecting the four important elements in the formation of our planet – earth, fire, water and air. Embark on an underground boat ride taking you back in time and retracing the various stages of our planet’s evolution.
After lunch (to own account) continue to the world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves one of the richest and most active paleoanthropological sites in the world. It is also the site of discovery of the famous pre-human skull affectionately known as “Mrs Ples”, as well as an almost-complete hominid skeleton called “Little Foot”. Scientists have merely scratched the surface of this outstanding site indicating that many more mysteries may lie hidden in the rocks of the Sterkfontein Caves and considering it has been awarded World Heritage Site status, its wealth of history, fossils and artefacts will surely be explored as well as protected forever.