Visit the world renowned world heritage site the cradle of humankind outside Johannesburg on this full day Cradle Tour. This world famous heritage site is situated 50 km from Johannesburg. It contains a complex of limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein Caves, where the 2.3-million year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus(nicknamed "Mrs Ples") was found in 1947 by Dr Robert Broom. On this day trip we will visit
Maropeng - The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an exciting, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. On arrival at the Maropeng visitor centre, you will see a massive burial mound called the Tumulus, which is your entrance to learning the secrets of our ancestry.
Sterkfontein Caves - Within the caves, scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than 4-million years, to the birth of humanity. it is a fascinating subject to find out the evolution of modern human. The most important and most famous of these fossils are "Mrs Ples", a 2.3-million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and "Little Foot", an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than 3-million years old. These fossils, both found in the Sterkfontein Caves which is also the most well known of all the sites, tell us much about the precursors of modern humans, Homo sapiens.
Lion and Safari Park - Visit the world renowned Lion Park. This park is situated very close to Johannesburg and Pretoria and is ideal for a half day tour for visitors with limited time on their hands. Also very closely situated to Lanseria International Airport. Animals indigenous to Africa can be found in this reserve such as large herbivores, and various predators.
The park is home to over 80 lions including the rare white cats and many other carnivores such as South African cheetah, Cape wild dog, hyena and spotted hyena, black-backed jackal, and a wide variety of antelope which roam freely in the antelope area.
The antelope area, containing blesbok, gnu, impala, gemsbok, and zebra, is in a separate part away from the lions and other carnivores.
With this Park Tour open vehicle game drives are provided in their safari vehicles wich guide you through the four different pride camps, including the rare white lion and cheetah camps and the large antelope area. This is one of the attractions that people enjoy especially to ask their guide all kinds of questions.
Experience a Giraffe up close and face to face. Stand on a platform to feed this extraodinary animal by hand. Our Cradle of humankind tours are really a firm favorite with people visiting South Africa on business or pleasure. For people spending a few days in Johannesburg makes this ideal to do some sightseeing or looking for a full day tour not to far out. The cradle of humankind world heritage site has a lot to offer, from a boat ride at maropeng, guided tour through the caves, to a visit of a wildlife park. For those not having enough time to visit a national park like kruger national park this little safari included in the itinerary will provide ample pleasure. You will view the beautiful Magaliesburg mountains on route, running in an easterly to westerly direction for about 100 kilometres, and which has been the breeding ground of vultures for years and years. Highest point of this majestic mountains is 1820 meters above sea level. Also in view will be the chimneys of the nuclear energy council of South Africa. Although most of South Africa's electricity is still provided by coal fired power plants we do have one nuclear plant down in cape town.
We also have another option to choose from by visiting Sterkfontein caves, Maropeng and Lesedi Cultural Village. This is also a very popular option by many of our clients wanting to experience the cultural elements. Should you be interested in this option, or need more information, please contact us for a quote. Or you can cut out the Cradle and combine Lesedi cultural village with the Lion Park. We are open to your suggestions, and can easily accompany your wishes. Both options will include lunch as well. If Lesedi is on your itinerary it will be a buffet style lunch where you can also try your taste buds on crocodile if available. There will also be bottled water on the vehicle.