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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

Spa Breaks in the Cradle of Humankind

Spa Breaks in the Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind has a number of qualities that make it a natural environment for health and wellness facilities – all within close proximity to Gauteng’s big cities, Tshwane and… 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 patches of dense bush… Read more

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