Cradle of Humankind shared or private half-day tour
Day trips & excursions

Cradle of Humankind shared or private half-day tour

Availability: Every day
Duration: up to 4 hours
Language: English , French , Spanish , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • Admire Mrs. Ples & Little Foot, a skeleton of a second species of Australopithecus
  • Bring the whole family - everyone will love it
  • You'll become so familiar with the city that it'll start to feel like home
  • More than a tour - your guide will share their love of art history with you
  • Unique experience - definitely something to write home about
What to expect

At just about an hour's drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Cradle of Humankind is a must-see for all archaeology lovers and anyone curious about the history of mankind. You will get to see the caves that are world-famous for the fossils that were discovered there. A well-informative, amazing discovery and experience not to be missed!

1) Mrs. Ples & Little Foot
In 1947 a scientist found the almost complete skull of an adult female and initially named the skull Plesianthropus transvaalensis (near-man from Transvaal), but it became better known by its nickname, Mrs. Ples. In 1997, a near complete skeleton of a second species of Australopithecus was found in the caves. The skeleton was named Little Foot, since the first parts found (in 1995, in storage) were the bones of a foot.

2) The Caves
Sterkfontein (Afrikaans for Strong Spring) is a set of limestone caves of special interest to paleo-anthropologists located in Gauteng province, about 40 km (23 miles) Northwest of Johannesburg. Sterkfontein is a South African National Heritage Site and was also declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and the area in which it is situated, was named the Cradle of Humankind.

3) The new scientific exhibition
The new scientific exhibition showcases a reconstruction of a mined cave – formations and geology, early life forms, mammals and hominid fossils, among other topics. It describes in detail important finds, as well as providing information about fossilisation, palaeobotany and landscapes.

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What's included
  • Registered tour guide
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fee to the Cradle of Humankind
What's not included
  • Food and Drinks
Reduced price
  • Infant (0-1): free of charge
What to remember
  • In case of non-presentation on the tours, full cancellation fees will apply
  • You can cancel until 24 hours before your tours to get a full refund
  • Important: Please confirm the pick-up place and time directly with the local operator. You will find the contact information in the voucher after booking
  • All tours are subject to minimum 2 of passengers
  • All our vehicles are insured substantially for passenger liability
  • Luggage and personal possessions are carried at your own risk
  • Please ensure that valuables and travel documents are kept safe at all time
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  • Departure: 08:00am
  • Return: 12:00pm


  • Depart: 01:00pm
  • Return: 05:00pm
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Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
Cancellation policy
Receive a 100 % refund if you cancel up to 24 hours before the activity begins.

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