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Welcome to the Cradle of HumankindIt Starts Here

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

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

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 drifting above the… Read more

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