Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterkfontein Caves site is home to a top restaurant, conferencing facilities, easy access to the caves themselves, modern walkways and a boardwalk past the excavation site where world-acclaimed fossils have been discovered.

Get to grips with the magnitude of the past

The Sterkfontein exhibition explains the history of life on Earth through fascinating displays

Visit the exhibition at Sterkfontein before going on a tour of the caves

The Sterkfontein Caves are a window to our past

Bring your class on an exciting trip to Sterkfontein Caves

Dr Robert Broom discovered “Mrs Ples” at Sterkfontein Caves in 1947

Deep in the caves, many fossils lie undiscovered

Go deep into the Sterkfontein Caves and discover the secrets of our past

“Mrs Ples” is the skull of an Australipethecus africanus that is more than 2-million years old

Expert guides explain the history of humanity

Sterkfontein exhibition

A visit to Sterkfontein Caves starts with a fascinating museum display of cave formations and geology, early life forms, mammals and hominid fossils, among other topics.

Here you will be introduced to “Mrs Ples”, the “Taung Child” and “Little Foot” before heading underground to explore the caves, where scientists have discovered many hominid and other animal fossils dating back more than 4-million years to the birth of humanity.

Guided tours of the caves take place every half-hour, seven days a week.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and take note that the cave tour is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophobia. (Due to the nature of the caves, the tour is regrettably not wheelchair friendly.)

Visitor Information

Opening times

Maropeng 09h00 - 17h00 every day

(Please note that Maropeng will be closed on Thursday, 26 July 2018 for a private event) 

Sterkfontein Caves 09h00 - 17h00 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

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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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