Please note: Maropeng and the 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.

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Opening times

Maropeng 09h00 - 17h00 every day
Sterkfontein Caves 09h00 - 17h00 every day
Last tour departs at 16h00 every day

Rates and specials


Adults: R120 | Children (under 18): R65
Children under 4: free
Pensioners: R65 (for both sites)
Students: R75
School groups: R65 per pupil

Sterkfontein Caves

Adults: R165 | Children (under 18): R97
Children under 4: free
Pensioners: R65 (for both sites)
Students: R100
School groups: R90 per pupil

You can buy your tickets online here, and then pick them up at Maropeng’s ticket office in the Market Place.

Combination ticket

Adults: R190 | Children (under 18): R125

Pensioners: R65

Student: R175

School groups: R120 per pupil

Contact | Map and Directions

Please note:

  • Tickets bought online must be picked up at Maropeng’s ticket office in the Market Place. You can do this on the day of your visit.
  • No pets are allowed at Maropeng and Sterkfontein. Service dogs and guide dogs are the exception.

Situated an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sterkfontein Caves are world-famous for their fossil finds and are a popular visitor destination.

After an extensive facelift in 2005, the Sterkfontein Caves site is now home to a top restaurant and conferencing facilities, offering easy access to the caves with modern walkways and a boardwalk past the excavation site where globally acclaimed fossils have been discovered.

The Sterkfontein Caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations at this World Heritage Site.

They are credited with many of the most notable discoveries in the caves, including the world-famous fossils of Mrs Ples and Little Foot, the latter being an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton dating back more than three million years.

The tours at the Sterkfontein Caves, which start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves, run seven days a week.

Pro tip for visitors: Our cave tours are very popular, particularly during the holidays. So give us a call on 014 577 9000, on the day of your visit, to find out what tour availability is like.

And, if you arrive and find the next cave-tour slot fully booked, then don’t fret – grab a bite at the Sterkfontein restaurant and enjoy the views while you wait for the next available slot. You can find out about the times from our ticket office or one of our helpful guides.