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.
Kenjara Lodge
4.1 km

From R350 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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The Cradle Rest
5.7 km

From R375 pps


The Cradle Rest offers comfortable accommodation and personal service. It is an ideal venue for, School camps, Wedding, Corporate functions, Business meetings and weekend Getaways in The Cradle of Hum... More Info

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Bush Willow Tented Camp
6.8 km

From R460* 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

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Glenburn Lodge
7.1 km

From R715 pps

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In the tranquility of the Zwartkops Mountains, on the banks of the Blaauwbank and Crocodile Rivers, lies Glenburn Lodge. Situated within the newly declared World Heritage Site , the "Cradle of Hum... More Info

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Cradle Boutique Hotel - Urban Hip Hotel
7.8 km

From R2900* unit


Cradle Boutique Hotel is positioned in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, just minutes from Lanseria Airport, with panoramic views of the breath-taking scenery. The hotel comprises of eight lux... More Info

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Cradle Valley
8.1 km

From R650 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

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Impangele Game Lodge
8.4 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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Villa Savanna
8.7 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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Apricot Hill
8.9 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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Origins Guest House
9.5 km

From R350 pps

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Origins Guest House is situated in a country setting in Gauteng, near Lanseria Airport, Cradle of Humankind, Hartebeestpoort Dam and Fourways (shopping and Monte Casino). ... More Info

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Muldersdrift
Will visit again
- Maggie Joubert

Muldersdrift
Love the area.....so relaxing
- Lynda Roux

Muldersdrift
The Area is by all means stunning as we had an opportunity to visit various places of interest such as Cradle of Humankind , SilverStar Casino, Sterkfontein Caves, Rhino park and others.
Also a wonderful experience dinning at Carnivore Restaurant.

- Andrew Damari

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Beautiful!
- Cathy Morrison

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Muldersdrift is the place to be when you want a quiet relaxing holiday.
- Stokie Lebethoa