Accommodation near The Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind is a significant site in South Africa, not only for South Africans, but the entire human race. It is a large area consisting of a complex of limestone caves. Among them are over 3 dozen in which fossils have been found. The most famous among them are the Sterkfontein Caves.

In 1947 Doctor Robert Broom and Doctor John T Robinson unearthed Mrs Ples, a 2.3 million year old hominid fossil, in the Sterkfontein Caves. She was a good complement to the growing collection of fossils and helped to answer some of the palaeontologists' lingering questions. This area has revealed the largest number of hominid fossils in the world and the collection to date includes some of the oldest, supporting the theory that Africa was indeed the birthplace of modern man. This is where the name, the Cradle of Humankind comes from.

The caves at the Cradle of Humankind are continuously being excavated and new fossils being found. It is one of the oldest, continuous archaeological digs in the world.

To enhance the visitors' experience of the area, the Maropeng Visitors' Centre was established not too long ago. In it you will find an interpretation centre which explains the history of the site and what the various finds indicate about our shared history. The name 'Maropeng' which means 'returning to the place of our origin' in Seswati, also alludes to the theory of humanity's origins being in Africa.

The Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Maropeng Visitors' Centre is a certified Fair Trade Tourism endeavour. The site is located northwest of Johannesburg and can be reached by car from Pretoria or Johannesburg in just under an hour.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and Bothongo Wonder
3.3 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

26 Degrees South Bush Boho Hotel
6.4 km

From R648 PPS

Welcome to a place where worlds collide. A destination where cosmopolitan meets tranquility. A designer world in which you can step outside and into a vibrant bouquet of sights, sounds, tastes and fra... More Info

Bush Willow Tented Camp
6.8 km


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From R850* Unit

Situated in Muldersdrift only 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Bush Willow Tented Camp offers a unique experience. The small tented camp is built in a sector of Glenburn lodge which is ... More Info

Cradle Valley
8.1 km

From R950 PPS

Cradle Valley is situated on the edge of the beautiful Cradle of Humankind, West of Johannesburg, Easily accessible from the N14 Highway, just a short drive from Lanseria Airport. We provide accommoda... More Info

Apricot Hill
8.9 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

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Valverde Eco Hotel
9.7 km

From R495 PPS

Country style accommodation 25 country-style rooms with free WiFi hotspots in each room. The Salsa Verde a la carte restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Conferences Several conference & functi... More Info

Pine Valley
9.8 km

From R400 PPS

Pine Valley Accommodation consists of fully equipped self catering chalets, sleeping up to a total of 54, including a conference centre for up to 25 delegates. Free WiFi throughout. We are convenien... More Info

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EnGedi - The Oasis in the Cradle
9.9 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

Toadbury Hall Country Hotel
9.9 km


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From R1320 PPS

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This Five Star Country House is situated on 25 hectares of English country gardens in the heart of historic Muldersdrift, near the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Offering 10 luxurious ro... More Info

10.4 km

From R3200* Unit

Surrounded by the Zwartkoppies, on the banks of the Crocodile River just half an hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria, rests Avianto. A European-inspired village that has established itself as a cr... More Info

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