Sterkfontein Caves - Johannesburg
Once you've heard the story about the origins of humankind, you have to go into the caves where some of the fossils were found. They are perfectly safe, and the guides are extremely professional and very knowledgeable.
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One of South Africa’s most famous sites for fossil discoveries, the Sterkfontein Caves, are a popular tourist destination. At only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the facility also offers visitors an excellent exhibition tour.
The Sterkfontein Caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations of the World Heritage Site. They are credited with many of the famous discoveries including the world famous “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecine skeleton dating back 2.15-million years.
The tours start above ground and then take visitors down into the caves, finishing off along the boardwalk past the excavation site. The caves are open Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 17h00 and the last tour departs at 16h00.
No exploration of the Sterkfontein Caves is complete without a visit to the Maropeng Visitor Centre, where the whole story of the fossil finds and the evolution of man is presented in beautiful displays and exhibitions. There is no need to rush home - spend a night at the beautiful Maropeng Boutique Hotel, only 10 minutes away from the Visitors centre!
Please take a look at our superb 360 degree Virtual Tour views of the Sterkfontein Caves on the Multimedia Tab. Place your mouse on the viewing window (once loaded) and from the top left blue selection area, select the scene number you wish to view. From the bottom black selection area you have a number of different functions to choose from - including a full screen view!