Introduction to your visit to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

The universe was formed about 14-billion years ago. The Earth is about 4.6-billion years old.

Life first emerged about 3.8-billion years ago. Our journey begins in South Africa, where fossils of some of the earliest known life forms on Earth have been found.

South Africa has yielded fossils of some of the earliest known dinosaurs, at least 200-million years old.

Fossils of our distant mammal-like ancestors, which lived more than 200-million years ago, have been found in South Africa.

Africa is the birthplace of humankind. This is where our collective umbilical cord lies buried.

Hominids – the ancestors of modern humans – first emerged about 7-million years ago, in Africa.

Many significant fossil finds have been made in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, including the famous fossils “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”.

The first stone tools were made and used in Africa, at least 2.6-million years ago.

Our ancestors were able to use and control fire at least 1-million years ago in the Cradle of Humankind.

Homo sapiens, the species to which we all belong, evolved in Africa approximately 200,000 years ago.

Africa ignited humankind’s imagination. Some of the oldest rock art in the world has been discovered in Southern Africa.

All of humanity shares an African heritage. We are one, diverse species across the globe, with our roots in Africa.

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Visitor Information

Opening times

Maropeng 09h00 - 17h00 every day

Sterkfontein Caves 09h00 - 17h00 every day

Rates and specials

Maropeng

Adults: R120 | Children (4-14): R65
Children under 4: free
Pensioners: R65
Students: R75
School groups: R65 per pupil

Sterkfontein Caves

Adults: R165 | Children (4-14): R97
Children under 4: free
Pensioners: R85
Students: R100
School groups: R90 per pupil

Combination ticket

Adults: R190 | Children (4-14): R125
School groups: R120 per pupil

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Please note: No pets are allowed at Maropeng and Sterkfontein. Service dogs and guide dogs are the exception

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