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The Cradle of Humankind

#29 of 271 things to do in Greater Johannesburg Features Animals
Krugersdorp North, South Africa
+27 11 659 1622
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Krugersdorp North, South Africa
+27 11 659 1622
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A leisurely hours drive from joburg. A good day trip to this Cradle site, with Sterkfontein caves about 10 min away. Enjoyed our tour, and the scenery. Totally wide open spaces.

Thank iannsa
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited with my 13 year old son, and this was an excellent outing. He had done a project on Homo Naledi in school just a few weeks after the finding was publicized. The entire skeleton is exhibited here, along with very interesting exhibits. It's...More

Thank MamaAyinde
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was probably one of my favorite places that I visited while in SA. This was the type of place that is truly an educational and an overall experience. The cave experience is like being transported through time. And going through the museum is like...More

Thank SDot313
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a South African with some depth of knowledge, I was not expecting this complex story to be so well told, and in such a thoughtful and comprehensive manner. Each member of the family came away with something, from scientific insight to appreciation of the...More

Thank Tony W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was great! We drove specifically from Johannesburg to see the cradle of humankind (combined with the Sterkfontein Caves site) and were really happy about it! I believe that the different sections offer a good balance between contemplating and acting so you don't get bored along...More

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are two parts to the experience, a visit to the underground caves at Sterkfontein and then the museum at Maropeng. The caves have a small museum attached where you can see information on the pre-humanoid discoveries in the area as well as some basic...More

Thank 932Charles
Reviewed 1 June 2017

The guided tour in the cave is interesting and nice for adults and kids but maropeng museum is perfect for teaching kids (especially prep school age) about earth, hominides and basic phisics..they will love it! We were lucky as there was also an exibition about...More

Thank Fratarta74
Reviewed 28 May 2017

We got here early, close to opening, so it was just my husband and I on the guided tour, which was a really nice touch. The museum you walk through first is a little boring and geared more for kids. Our guide for the cave...More

Thank KimRtravel
Reviewed 9 May 2017

I understand why places like this feel they need to cater to children because families must have a hard time going places like this when their kids are bored and impatient, but I felt the exhibits went too far in this direction. The information is...More

Thank KatieMargaret
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

I left feeling really silly for going. The museum part is for kids. An adult already knows most of the information and the way it is explained is clearly for kids. There is a very lame boat ride to explain that water is wet and...More

Thank Eugenia B
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5 July 2016|
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Response from Derek i | Reviewed this property |
I would agree with the earlier answer. Our visit to view the exhibition and the caves took between 3 and 4 hours.
Stephanie L
15 April 2016|
Response from MrMikeAppleValley | Reviewed this property |
If you are not adverse to driving, a rental car is the best option. It will be much cheaper than booking a tour for two and will allow you to visit other sites such as the nearby Sterkfontien Caves on your own schedule... More