The Cradle of Humankind, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

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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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  • Easily the best experience that I have had for my entire trip. It was absolutely magical and a steal at R100pp. An absolute must-do. Even people in the group who are not interested in this type of... 
    Easily the best experience that I have had for my entire trip. It was absolutely magical and a steal at R100pp. An absolute must-do. Even people in the group who are not interested in this type of...  more »
  • Being there and the sense of history was my highlight. To grasp an understanding of the site and the history is what made the visit worthwhile. 
    Being there and the sense of history was my highlight. To grasp an understanding of the site and the history is what made the visit worthwhile.  more »
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  • Amazing heritage site that is the source of some of the oldest fossils known to man. Wonderful day out for the family or couples or large groups. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes because it is quite a bit of walking. The staff is friendly and efficient and it's an overall good experience.
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