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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EnGedi - The Oasis in the Cradle
3.1 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

Cloud9 Self Catering
3.6 km

From R226* Unit

Situated on the outskirts of Krugersdorp, Cloud9 Self-catering Guest house offers comfortable accommodation when visiting the suburb of Protea Ridge. It is ideal for nature-loving couples. The prop... More Info

Apricot Hill
6.7 km

From R395 PPS

High on a hilltop in Honingklip, with a superb view of the rolling foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, the Witwatersrand and brooding Swartkop, lies Apricot Hill Farm. Apricot Hill is a privat... More Info

Sterkfontein Heritage Lodge
6.9 km

From R800* Unit

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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Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and Bothongo Wonder
7.4 km

From R1600* Unit

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Introduction The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, situated within the Cradle of Humankind, is a privately owned game reserve covering some 1200 hectares with over 650 heads of game from over 25 different... More Info

Welpie Guesthouse
8.5 km


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From R350 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

The Rocking Cradle Self Catering Guest House
8.6 km

From R300 PPS

The Rocking Cradle Self Catering Guest House is a neat and comfortable venue offering, comfortable bedding, DSTV, Wifi and secure parking. It is situated in Krugersdorp North close to the R28/N14, Sil... More Info

Krugersdorp Self-catering Guest House
8.7 km

From R800* Unit

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Lovely & Private self-catering guest house in Krugersdorp, close to all amenities with private entrance. Sleeps 3 (Queen Bed & Sleeper Couch) with a large bath & shower, fully equipped kitchen includi... More Info

Usambara Lodge
8.8 km

From R1450* Unit

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Our Dining room is elegant and stylish. It can take a maximum of 80 guests. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to our guests (bookings are essential). Functions can be held such as Birthday parties,... More Info

Aviators Retreat
9.5 km

From R250 PPS

We offer a fully furnished, self catering, with en suite bathrooms and a spectacular view with your own private entrance to each room. This is the perfect overnight accommodation for the travellin... More Info

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