Wonder Cave

Small bones of rodents, frogs, lizards and birds have been discovered in the talus cone (cave in-fill) at the back of the cave. This cave has the best example in the region of a relatively young talus cone (a few thousand years old), which helps us understand how the older caves in the area were filled in.

Wonder Caves. Image courtesy of Light Box Studios

Although the lower reaches of the cave were severely damaged by mining activities in the late 1800s, it contains dripstone formations as beautiful as those in the Cango Caves. It also has a resident bat population.

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. 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.

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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 has its own colony of bats.

Entrance is by guided tour only. Day tours from 08h00 to 16h00 each take about 45 minutes. Nights tours are conducted by 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.

Wonder Caves. Image courtesy of Light Box Studios

A Wonder Cave adventure makes for a unique private or corporate event such as a child's birthdays, corporate team building, with the added benefit of having an environmentally-friendly aspect. The cave was formed up to 10-million years ago, making it one of the exceptional heritage sites located in the Cradle of Humankind.

Facilities at the Wonder Cave include a curio shop selling arts and crafts and limited braai facilities. Pizza, snacks and refreshments are on sale.

Wonder Caves. Image courtesy of Light Box Studios

Admission

Adults: R90

Pensioners: R80
Children: R70 (3-12 yrs)
School tours: R50 per person

Visiting hours

Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00 (last tour is at 16h00)

Saturday and Sunday from 08h00 to 18h00 (last tour is at 17h00)

Directions

The cave is close to the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Visitor Centre in the Kromdraai Valley, northwest of Johannesburg.