ALERT: Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves have been closed until further notice. The decision has been taken in order to adhere to national government measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused. In the meantime, let’s stay connected on social media and talk about all things science!

Open and closing times


The Maropeng Visitor Centre is open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day. The last boat ride departs at 4pm.

Please note that no dogs are permitted on the property. Service dogs and guide dogs are the exception.

Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterkfontein Caves are open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day.

The last tour departs at 4pm.

The tours of the Sterkfontein Caves, which start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves, run every half an hour, seven days a week.

Admission fees for 2018


Adults: R120
Children (under 18): R65
Children under four: free
Pensioners: R65 for access to both Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves (on presentation of a valid ID)
Students: R75 (on presentation of a valid student card)
School groups: R65 per pupil

Sterkfontein Caves

Adults: R165
Children (under 18): R97
Children under four: free
Students: R100 (on presentation of a valid student card)
School groups: R90 per pupil

Combination ticket (Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves)

Adults: R190
Children (under 18): R125
Children under four: free
School groups: R120 per pupil
Pensioners: R65 (on presentation of a valid ID)

Please note: no pensioner/student discount applies for the combination ticket.

Please also note: the combination ticket is only available until 1pm, in order for visitors to have enough time to see both attractions.

The Maropeng Visitor Centre and its restaurants are all wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, the Sterkfontein Caves site is not.

Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Booking is essential for all group and school bookings.

Private tours

Private tours of the caves may be arranged at a nominal fee.

Booking in advance is strongly advised for groups as well as individuals, as the number of visitors entering the Sterkfontein Caves at a time is limited.

For the enthusiast, tours conducted by scientists can be arranged at an additional cost.

Tel: +27 (0)14 577 9000