Sterkfontein Cave, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

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Located inside a World Heritage Site, Sterkfontein Cave contains one of world's largest collections of hominid fossils. Guided tours take you on a journey into an underground world inhabited many thousands of years ago. Consider combining the visit to the cave with a tour of the nearby museum, where you can learn more about the origins and evolution of humankind. Use our Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site online trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Sterkfontein Cave and other attractions in Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
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  • Quite impressive cave and story around the archeological remains found there. The guide tour was very elocuent. The are several school buses coming for a visit during the day with hundreds of... 
    Quite impressive cave and story around the archeological remains found there. The guide tour was very elocuent. The are several school buses coming for a visit during the day with hundreds of...  more »
  • I was pleased to have a chance to visit such an historic site. Beware there a lot of steps and some areas that you may briefly have to kneel or slip on your butt. Note, I am a 67 yr old woman at 5"11....  more
    I was pleased to have a chance to visit such an historic site. Beware there a lot of steps and some areas that you may briefly have to kneel or slip on your butt. Note, I am a 67 yr old woman at 5"11....  more »
  • Thabo was the most spectacular guide! Full of information and knowledge and happy to answer any questions we might have! The caves themselves are out of this world. Not for the claustrophobic but... 
    Thabo was the most spectacular guide! Full of information and knowledge and happy to answer any questions we might have! The caves themselves are out of this world. Not for the claustrophobic but...  more »
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  • Amazing. The cave system is huge. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and kept the whole tour on track. Beware, this can be a physically tough tour. Lots and lots of steps, steep incline and declines and very, very tight squeezes through the tunnel system. Hiking boots or trainers are the only suitable shoes. This is a magical place. The geology and history of mankind locked in these caves is stunning. When you exit the cave system, take a moment to appreciate the highveld scenery... It is breathtaking
  • O my, this was an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend it 👌. Take a flashlight, you definitely want to see everything in there. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, there are a few narrow spots that you have to climb through. It is a total workout, lots of stair climbing. Have something to drink afterwards at the restaurant. Enjoy the experience!
  • what a beauty of a place full of so much history and knowledge. the tour felt like a mini warm up before heading to the gym. 😂 i was prepared for the activity and didn’t know it was so nice and cool underground. the tour guide was a great sport.
  • Impressive caves with a rich history and importance for humanity. Nearly all of the publicly available parts of the cave are lit, the slopes are cut into stairs and the path is covered in thick anti-slippery floor mats. The cave has many halls of impressive size, with the most impressive perhaps being the Elephant hall. The guides are knowledgeable and friendly and you are certain to get a good history lecture on the fossils found in the cave. Bringing children is not a problem, but infants and toddlers will be a bit challenging, though not impossible. They have no toddler-sized helmets and there is one steep and narrow descending passage while leaving the cave which requires you to crunch down while simultaneously holding your child in your arms, which requires some agility and dexterity.
  • Fantastic heritage site that takes you into the crust of the earth and exhibits ancient caves were fossils were found. A perfect day out for the family but beware of the tight spaces you need to crawl through. The guides are knowledgeable and provide lots of information on the history of the cave.

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