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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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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 deeply significant place in… Read more

Vintage flights over the Cradle of Humankind

Vintage flights over the Cradle of Humankind

Enjoy vintage flights over the Cradle of Humankind in a classic Tiger… Read more

Wild Cave Adventures - Cradle of Humankind

Wild Cave Adventures - Cradle of Humankind

‘Adventure with a purpose’, is the aim of the Wild Cave Adventures, a family-run business that offers caving, abseiling and hiking in the Cradle of Humankind.  Their purpose is developing public awareness in environmental… Read more

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