Cradle of Mankind and Maropeng Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind is an easy drive of less than an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. Visit the Maropeng Museum and witness how we evolved into the people we are today, talk to some of the extinct species of animals that went extinct in the last century and see how humans are busy destroying the earth in real-time.
Sterkfontein A visit to Maropeng should be coupled with the Sterkfontein Caves, one of the richest and most productive Palaeo-anthropological sites in the world that forms part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
Amongst the most remarkable findings to have been made by numerous world famous scientists within the Cradle of Humankind is the famous Mrs. Ples, the first complete Australopithecus skull to be discovered and more recently, “Little Foot”, a 4.17 million-year-old almost complete ape-man skeleton was also discovered in the same caves.
The duration of this tour is approximately 6 hours and departs either at 09:00 or 13:00. The pick-up point for this tour is any hotel or residential address in Johannesburg. Alternative pick up location can be arranged.
* The tour might deviate according to traffic and time available.
Minimum 2 Guests. Single travelers to enquire.