The Cradle of Humankind

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The Cradle of Humankind area boasts 13 excavation sites that are recognised as national heritage sites, both internationally and by the South African Heritage Resources Agency. For those wanting to experience the birthplace of humankind firsthand, the official visitor centres for the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves, are within an easy hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

Maropeng is a world-class exhibition centre that focuses on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. On arrival, visitors are met by what appears to be a massive burial mound, the entry point into the secrets of humankind’s beginnings.

The Sterkfontein Caves, the site of the most longstanding, continuous palaeoanthropological dig in the world, are world-renowned for their fossil finds. These caves have produced the pre-human skull popularly known as “Mrs Ples,” and an almost complete hominid skeleton affectionately known as “Little Foot”.

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Recently, the Cradle of Humankind unveiled the partial skeletons of the Australopithecus sediba fossils. These fossils are suspected to be candidates for the transitional species between the southern African ape-man, Australopithecus africanus (of which “the Taung Child” and “Mrs Ples” are examples) and Homo habilis, or even a direct ancestor of Homo erectus. The two skeletons are of an adult female and a young male, recently named “Karabo”, which means “answer” in seTswana.

Experts suggest there are more discoveries to be made in Sterkfontein Caves and similar sites in the Cradle of Humankind. Having World Heritage Site status will ensure that the treasures of this area will be protected for many decades to come.

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site has become a key international tourism destination, with a total of 387 tourist attractions, including 91 graded establishments. There are 175 places to stay and 113 restaurants in and around the area from which to choose, offering plenty of accommodation in Gauteng for whatever type of trip you’re planning.

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