Cradle of Humankind


The area now known as “The Cradle of Humankind” is one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage Sites, (we cover all 8 sites on our World Heritage Sites Tour) and an enormously important archaeological and historical site. The area has several sites of importance, among which is the Sterkfontein Cave Complex. This is where the original hominid fossil of “Mrs. Ples” was found which was a hugely important discovery in the ongoing search for humankind’s origins. Excavations at the site are ongoing.

The Itinerary

  • Short (1 hr.) drive to the Sterkfontein Caves
  • Cave Tour
  • Visit the Fossil and Anthropological Museum
  • Optional light lunch at the Sterkfontein Visitor Centre
  • Return to Johannesburg

This trip can be extended with a visit to other archaeological sites, a tour of Soweto, or a Pretoria city tour. Contact us to plan your custom itinerary.