Weekend Getaway – The Cradle of Humankind

12 May 2017

Although Gauteng's UNESCO protected World Heritage Site the Cradle of Humankind can be easily visited from Johannesburg as a day trip, it is also a great place to stay overnight with a good choice of hotels that offer unparalleled views of the rolling hills of the Highveld.


The history here is living as the Cradle is an ongoing area of academic research with 16 fossil rich sites, only two of which are open to the public. Maropeng is the official visitor's centre for the Cradle of Humankind and is one of Gauteng's top museums. The word Maropeng means ‘returning to the place of our ancestors’ and the towering visitor’s centre building is designed to resemble an ancient burial mound. A visit takes you on a journey spiralling down under the earth, led by educational and interactive exhibitions that outline the history of the universe as we known it from the Big Bang to the present day, with a special focus on the fascinating evolution of humankind.

Associated Venues

Hennops Hiking Trail

 Entrance to trail off the R511 (10km south of the R105 junction)

Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves

 R400 just off the R563 to Hekpoort (approx 30mins drive from Sandton)


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