Cradle of Humankind

Taking place on 30 August 2014

Tour leader: Bonita de Klerk

We will do some exploring of the Cradle of Humankind which is only an hour's drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Cradle is world famous for its fossil finds and a well-known visitor destination

Trip will start at Maropeng which is the official Visitor Centre for the World Heritage Site. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an exciting, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years.

Here you will get an introduction to Hominin Evolution and more importantly what it means to be Human.

Our next stop is only 15 minutes away at the Sterkfontein Caves. This site represents the longest running Archaeological Excavation in the world. The Sterkfontein Caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations of the World Heritage Site. They are credited with many of the famous discoveries including the world famous "Mrs Ples" and "Little Foot", an near complete Australopithecus skeleton dating back to about 3-million years.
The tours at the Sterkfontein Caves, which start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves.