Win­ter is in full swing and will be with us for some time. But while it may be icy out there, that’s real­ly no rea­son to hiber­nate. You’re invit­ed to come out and play. Come and vis­it the Cra­dle of Humankind to try out the fol­low­ing five fun things to do this winter:

1. Explore Maropeng and the Sterk­fontein Caves

Maropeng is like the grand elder in the fam­i­ly we should all vis­it once in a while for some sage advice. At this world-class attrac­tion you will get to see incred­i­ble inter­ac­tive exhi­bi­tions about the his­to­ry of the Earth and humans, fas­ci­nat­ing stone tools and life­like repli­cas of hominids, and go on an under­ground boat ride inside the Tumu­lus build­ing. A tour inside this edi­fice is not only a chance to explore the ori­gins of humankind, but it can give you a sense of where we come from and help shape your per­spec­tive about the world we live in today.

But that is not all. There are also some fas­ci­nat­ing fos­sils to see at anoth­er vis­i­tor cen­tre just 10km away. The Sterk­fontein Caves are a tourist attrac­tion famous for the sig­nif­i­cant pieces of a crit­i­cal his­to­ry puz­zle dis­cov­ered inside their cham­bers. Take a fas­ci­nat­ing edu­ca­tion­al tour through the caves led by one of the attraction’s friend­ly, knowl­edge­able guides.

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2. Go out for a great meal

You might feel a lit­tle exhaust­ed after explor­ing the Maropeng Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and the Sterk­fontein Caves, so how about a meal break? There are sev­er­al restau­rants to choose from, depend­ing on your taste.

For deli­cious treats that will quick­ly recharge your bat­ter­ies so you can resume your adven­ture, try the Car­ni­vore Restau­rant in the grounds of the Misty Hills Coun­try Hotel, Con­fer­ence Cen­tre & Spa in Mul­der­s­drift. Though the eatery spe­cialis­es in a wide vari­ety of foods with meat in them, there are also options for vegetarians.

The Bush Whack­ers Pub & Venue in Krugers­dorp is anoth­er great des­ti­na­tion for some mouth-water­ing dish­es. This is a friend­ly and fam­i­ly-ori­en­tat­ed estab­lish­ment that also caters for kid­dies’ parties.

If a real culi­nary adven­ture is what you’re look­ing for, the Bidon Bistro on the grounds of Jex­ter Farm, Mul­der­s­drift, is a coun­try restau­rant offer­ing friend­ly ser­vice, amaz­ing vis­tas and classy food.

3. Go on a thrill ride

Now that you’ve had your fill, get ready to strap up and go on the slide of your life with the Ama Zwing Zwing Zipline Tour.

Float­ing over breath­tak­ing sur­round­ings hang­ing from the longest slide of 240m is an incred­i­ble rush of adren­a­line that caus­es your body tem­per­a­ture and heart rate to increase. The amaz­ing views you will be look­ing down on will total­ly make it worth it.

Don’t feel like get­ting air­borne? That’s okay, because anoth­er high­light awaits on the ground in the form of horse­back rides at Shepherd’s Fold Sta­bles, Har­ties Horse Trail Safaris and Sad­dle Creek Adven­tures, all offer­ing a vari­ety of activ­i­ties for all ages and occasions.

4. Explore the area’s his­to­ry and culture

There’s fun to be had indoors as well if you make time to vis­it the Diet­mar Wien­ing Gallery and see the amaz­ing works of this lead­ing bronze sculp­tor of birds and marine life.

If your out­ing is going to extend to more than just a day trip, the whole fam­i­ly will enjoy relax­ing at Glen­burn Lodge & Spa in the Zwartkops Moun­tains (which also has a con­fer­ence cen­tre for busi­ness gath­er­ings and team-build­ing exer­cis­es). The hotel is also famous for its fab­u­lous Sun­day lunches.

5. Meet the animals

Expe­ri­ence the thrill of wit­ness­ing wild ani­mals at var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions in the Cra­dle of Humankind.

The Bush­ba­bies Mon­key Sanc­tu­ary is a safe haven for orphaned and abused ani­mals, with the aim of pro­vid­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty for pri­mates to live as they would in the wild.

Fan­cy you some felines? Then make sure you also stop by the Ann Van Dyk Chee­tah Cen­tre, which aims to pro­mote con­ser­va­tion through edu­ca­tion and rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness around the world’s fastest mam­mal on land.

See? You can make the most of the win­ter by immers­ing your­self in all these incred­i­ble expe­ri­ences and activ­i­ties while look­ing for­ward to warmer weath­er in spring. In the mean­time, let these awe­some adven­tures in the Cra­dle of Humankind cre­ate valu­able, heart-warm­ing mem­o­ries of a lifetime.