Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind is an UNESCO World Heritage Site in South Africa.


Located just north west of Johannesburg this area became a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the large number of humanoid fossils that has been found here. 13 well explored fossil sites and over 200 caves are located within the cradle. The site covers an area of around 47 000 hectares and offers a variety of tourist attractions.

Get in

From the N1 in Johannesburg, take exit 80 Roodepoort (M8 14th Ave) and get onto Hendrik Potgieter road (M47) heading north. Hendrik Potgieter will become the N14 and lead directly into the Cradle of Humankind.



Sterkfontein Caves (Cradle of Humankind)
The tunnel of time at Maropeng, timeline from the present into the past depicted on the floor and walls.



The viewing deck of the Tumulus at Maropeng Centre


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