As small as the province of Gauteng is, it is packed with things to do! The Cradle of Humankind is certainly one to add to your list if you’re looking for a day trip in Gauteng. We often hear about how Africa is the motherland. I think, the Cradle of Humankind is the reason why. This is where the first fossils of the humankind where found, proving the humans did originate from Africa! So why is this a fun way to spend the day? Read on to find out!
The caves are where the actual fossils were found, so it makes sense to start the trip here. Just a heads up though; the ticket into the caves is R165, but if you get there before 1pm, you can get a combo ticket for both the caves and Maropeng Visitors centre for R190. So wake up early guys! Anyway, the tour to the caves starts with an interesting history on the evolution of mankind, and after this, you head off to the caves. Now, this goes without saying, but comfortable shoes are a must! And it’s probably not a good idea to wear white, as one of the ladies found out! We’ll just say her partner surprised her so she didn’t know better lol. There was a cool restaurant here too, though I’ll be honest in saying I didn’t eat here myself. I wanted to head over to the Maropeng visitor centre. The two are about a 10-15 minute drive apart. So if you plan to do both, make sure you give yourself ample time to get to the next destination.
Maropeng Visitors Centre
The Maropeng Visitors centre is actually a museum, and if you didn’t get the combo ticket at the Sterkfontein caves, you can buy the single entry ticket here for R120. You can also visit the website www.maropeng.co.za for up-to-date pricing. The first thing you’ll see at Maropeng is a (new) exhibition called the Long Walk to Freedom. It is a display of life-size wax statues, representing the heroes who were instrumental in South Africa’s freedom. It’s free, but I’m not sure if they are going to close it off and charge an entry fee. So there’s a reason for you to head over there and check it out. I won’t detail what you’ll find inside the museum, you can watch the video for that. And while you’re at it, head over to my channel to subscribe for more informative videos like this one! I will tell you though, that the boat ride and the vortex tunnel were my favourites!! I felt very dizzy after walking through that tunnel, but when I got out, I wanted to do it all over again!
If you decide to make this an overnight trip, you can stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, which has beautiful views like this one, overlooking the cradle. You can find information on pricing and booking on their website.
I’d love to know if you’re going to be heading out there!