The Cradle of Humankind, 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 Greater Johannesburg vacation builder site to get the most from your Greater Johannesburg vacation.
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  • So much to learn about the anthropology of humanity. This exhibit is well put together and is clear and concise. It is easily understandable for young and old alike.  more »
  • The Cradle of Humankind’s Visitor’s centre Maropeng is a must see if you’re ever around Johannesburg. I’d recommend that you get the joint tour with the Sterkfontein caves as both these sites together...  more »
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