Accommodation near Sterkfontein Caves

Located an hour's drive from Johannesburg in the small town of Maropeng, lies the world-famous Sterkfontein Caves.

Sterkfontein Caves, which forms part of the World Heritage Site: The Cradle of Humankind, is the richest, most productive paleo-anthropological enclosure in the world and as a result, attracts thousands of tourists per year. Owned by the University of Witwatersrand, scientists have excavated a vast amount of fossils from the site over the past 6 decades.

The first fossils were uncovered from the caves in 1936 and brought to light an earth-shattering discovery. These fossils, which date back 2.6 - 3.2 million years, belonged to Australopithecus Africanus - an ape-like hominid and early decedent of modern man. This early hominid existed in Southern Africa alone. From this information, experts can discern that Africa is the 'Cradle of Humankind' from which humanity began.

Unarguably, the most remarkable finding to date is the famous Mrs. Ples, which was the first complete Australopithecus skull to be found. The skull was extracted by the Witwatersrand professor Dr. Robert Bloom in 1947. While the size of the skull is minuscule, similar to that of chimpanzees, it was revealed that Mrs. Ples stood in an upright position - a commonality shared between the ape-like hominid and modern man. Her nickname 'Mrs. Ples' was the result of an inaccurate identification of the hominid - where Bloom mistook her to be a member of the Plesianthropus transvaalensis species. Later, it was discovered that she was, in fact, Australopithecus africanus. However, the name stuck, and she is referred to as 'Mrs. Ples' to this day.

Other major discoveries include 'Little Foot', a 4.16 million-year-old almost complete ape-man skeleton. Having been discovered fairly recently points to the fact that there is much to be uncovered from the caves, and an enormous wealth of information still to be attained. Considering that evacuations on the site have been occurring for 62 years, it is astounding to know that there is still so much to be revealed about our ancestors.

With so much to be explored it simply cannot be done in one day, find somewhere nearby and settle in for a night's stay.

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The Crystal Rose Lodge
2.3 km

From R1350* unit

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This exclusive lodge caters for 36 guests in 13 double and family rooms. All of the activities are tailored to suit guest requirements. The lodge has a well-equipped conference and functions ... More Info

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Villa Savanna
2.8 km

From R625 pps

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Villa Savanna is a 4 Star rated African country-styled bed and breakfast guest house overlooking the Zwartkoppies Mountains. The guest house is just half an hour from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, a... More Info

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EnGedi - The Oasis in the Cradle
3.5 km

From R650 pps

As the original Hebrew name suggests, EnGedi literally is an oasis. EnGedi aims at delivering an oasis experience providing our guest with intimate and luxurious accommodation. All tucked away in our ... More Info

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Impangele Game Lodge
4.7 km


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From R590 pps

Impangele Game Lodge provides exquisite and exclusive private accommodation. Situated in the Cradle of Humankind in Krugersdorp, west of Johannesburg in the Magaliesburg municipality. Centrally lo... More Info

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Apricot Hill
6.7 km

From R395 pps

High on a hilltop in Honingklip, amidst the peach and rose farms and with a superb view of the rolling foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, the Witwatersrand and brooding Swartkop, lies Apricot Hi... More Info

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Sterkfontein Heritage Lodge
6.9 km

From R660 pps

The Sterkfontein Heritage Lodge is beautifully situated at the top of the King’s Kloof, Krugersdorp with one of the finest views in Gauteng. The panorama of the Sterkfontein valley overlooks the Cradl... More Info

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Kenjara Lodge
6.9 km

From R400 pps

Accommodation: We have 14 rooms in total which can sleep 14 guests in single accommodation and maximum 32 guests in sharing accommodation, our rate includes a Full Hot and Cold English Breakfast. All... More Info

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Welpie Guesthouse
8.5 km


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From R300 pps

Welpie Guesthouse is located in the heart of Gauteng in Krugersdorp also known as Mogale City on the beautiful West Rand. Perfect base from which to explore the Lion Park, Krugersdorp Nature Reser... More Info

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Cecil Knight Guesthouse
8.6 km

From R850* unit

Fully equipped, self catering units, within walking distance from Key West shopping centre, The Dros, restaurants, Spar and Krugersdorp Golf course. Close to wedding venues in Muldersdrift, Silver ... More Info

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No8 Guest House
8.7 km

From R800* unit

No 8 Guest House offers 8 fully serviced self-catering units. It is the perfect marriage between the luxuries of a serviced Guest House with the added comfort of your own self-catering room with a com... More Info

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