About Cradle of Humankind

Declared a World Heritage site, the Cradle of Humankind is an extraordinary example of how far humanity has come. Discoveries of caves, extinct species of hominin and fossil skeletons: how much more interesting can it get? Well, in fact, it does get more interesting.

The name Cradle of Humankind was given based on the numerous finds in this site alone; fragments of skulls, teeth and perfectly lined jawlines are just the norms in this magnificent paleoanthropological discovery spot drenched in prehistorical evolution. The area records the most hominid discoveries ever found and continues to bear finds and new headlines to be known all over the world. Located 50 kilometers from Johannesburg, this new world of discoveries has been, for years, the go-to for millions of tourists who wish to witness the grandiosity of humankind's first appearance on earth and how incredible Our journey has been, since the beginning of time.

Must See

  •  De Hoek Country House.
  •  Kloofzicht Lodge. Heia Safari Game Reserve.
  •  Lesedi Cultural Village.
  •  the Maropeng Visitor Centre. 
  •  the Shepherd's, Fold Stables.
  •  the Rhino and Lion Reserve.

How to reach

The area of the Cradle of Humankind is located at a distance of just 50 kilometers from the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. It lies in the Gauteng province

 By road, the route follows N1 from Johannesburg. Take exit 80 at Roodepoort, and you will find yourself on the Hendrik Potgieter road towards the north. This road merges into N14 and leads up to the Cradle of Humankind.

By bus, It takes 57 minutes and a minimum fare of R 398.03

By car, It takes 57 minutes and a minimum fare of R 589.25






  • Visit The Origins Centre.
  • plan a trip to Maropeng
  • A tour to Sterkfontein Caves is a must
  • Ride in a Ural sidecar can be a memorable experience
  • The Cradle Nature Reserve can be seen
  • Enjoy the local food in eateries nearby.

Visit Time

Sunday:       9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday:       9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday:       9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thursday:     9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday:         9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday:      9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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Waiting Time

30 minutes


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Entrance Fee


Regular Fees:                   R120

South African Pensioners: R65

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Time you can spend

7 hours.


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