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The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of eight South African World Heritage Sites. It is the world's richest hominin site, home to around 40% of the world's human ancestor fossils.

The 53 000ha area is also home to a diversity of birds, animals and plants, some of which are rare or endangered.  

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Sterkfontein Caves

Sterkfontein Caves

Sterkfontein Caves is the world’s richest hominid fossil site, with thousands of discoveries made there since excavation began ... Read more

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Stargazing at Maropeng

Stargazing at Maropeng

The Cradle of Humankind, just a 40-minute drive from the big smoke of Johannesburg, is nevertheless far enough from the city to revel in star-filled night skies. Maropeng, the visitor centre that explores the cradle’s ... Read more

JCI Geological Trail, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

JCI Geological Trail, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort are considered to be one of the most tranquil places in Gauteng to commune with nature.  The gardens are characterised by rocky highveld grassland vegetation, with ... Read more

Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris

Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris

Meet at sunrise at the Magalies River Valley, and moments later you’ll be hovering over the tree tops sipping champagne and watching the light travel over the land as you look out over the Cradle of Humankind, or perhaps ... Read more

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