Like Johannesburg itself, the West Rand owes its existence to gold, but today visitors flock there for some of Gauteng’s most famous tourist destinations.
The 47 000ha World Heritage Site of the Cradle of Humankind, about 45 minutes from Johannesburg, is a must-see attraction for individuals and families alike.
First take a guided tour underground into the Sterkfontein Caves, where both the more than 2-million-year-old skull of Mrs Ples was found in 1947, and more recently the almost complete skeleton of 3.5-million-year-old Little Foot was discovered by Prof. Ron Clarke and his team. In 2015, the site’s latest stunning fossil discovery, Homo naledi, was introduced to the world by Professor Lee Berger.
From the caves walk to the award-winning Maropeng Visitor Centre, where you’ll ride a small boat through ice, fire, water and Earth, before enjoying the numerous interactive displays, thought-provoking exhibits and fascinating information inside the great tumulus that forms the centre.