The Cradle of Humankind, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

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#6 of 51 in Parks in Greater Johannesburg
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Explore the elaborate system of limestone caves at The Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site just 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Johannesburg. Probably the world's most significant palaeontological site, this protected area covers 470 sq km (180 sq mi), including the location in which the 2.3-million-year-old fossil called "Mrs. Ples" was discovered in the 1940s. Be sure to start or end your tour at the visitor center, where you'll find restaurants, cafes, accommodations, and access to additional activities, like hot air ballooning and horse trails. Most Johannesburg tour operators offer guided excursions to the area--you can also visit it in your own car, if you don't mind driving the short distance from the city. For The Cradle of Humankind and beyond, use our Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site vacation builder site to get the most from your Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site vacation.
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  • We came here as part of a day trip from Pretoria and are so happy we did. The drive is ~1 hour each way and totally worth it. In addition to the history you can learn about here, the countryside... 
    We came here as part of a day trip from Pretoria and are so happy we did. The drive is ~1 hour each way and totally worth it. In addition to the history you can learn about here, the countryside...  more »
  • Maropeng was a great experience! The guide was very good. But some of the exhibitions weren't working. But the vortex tunnel was great and the boat ride. 
    Maropeng was a great experience! The guide was very good. But some of the exhibitions weren't working. But the vortex tunnel was great and the boat ride.  more »
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  • A really wonderful experience. The guide was fantastic and the whole experience was informative, exciting and fun for the family. Only down-side I would say is that the interactive displays do look a bit run-down. Hopefully when the pandemic ends they'll be able to do some maintenance. Overall a great day out!
  • A World class facility that was overall an amazing experience. Everyone was extremely helpful, the tour guides are friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend. Restaurant on site is good but pricey.

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