The single-chamber Wonder Cave, deep under the Witwatersrand, is situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, one of the world’s richest hominid fossil sites and one of the major tourist attractions in South Africa The cave, which has been open to the public since 1991, is home to fossils of rodents, frogs, lizards and birds, and beautiful rock formations. If you have an appreciation for nature and geology then a visit to the Wonder Cave should definitely be one of your things to do in Gauteng.
After an initial 90-step descent, visitors take an elevator down to the chamber of the 60m deep cave. Despite damage from lime mining, the 125m-long, 154m-wide natural wonder has spectacular cave formations. Features include rimstone pools, mushroom, straw and popcorn formations, “Madonnas”, cave pearls, and stalactites and stalagmites up to 15m in height, most of which are still growing. The cave also has its own colony of bats.
Entrance is by guided tour only. Day tours run from 8am to 4pm and take about 45 minutes. Nights tours are conducted by prior arrangement. The pathways are well lit, wide and and it is not necessary to clamber or crawl. An 18m abseil is offered to the adventurous but must be booked in advance.
Facilities at the Wonder Cave include a curio shop selling arts and crafts and limited braai facilities. Pizza, snacks and refreshments are on sale.
Adults: R90, Pensioners: R 80, Children: R 70 (3-12 yrs), School tours: R 50 per person
Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm.
Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
The cave is close to the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Visitor Centre in the Kromdraai Valley, northwest of Johannesburg.