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

Com­bi­na­tion ticket

Adults: R190 | Chil­dren (under 18): R125

Pen­sion­ers: R65 

School groups: R120 per pupil

Con­tact | Map and Directions

Please note: 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.