From romantic wedding venues to educational trips into the very meaning of humanity, the Cradle of Humankind offers visitors an experience like no other. Let Go Touch Down Travel and Tours team help you get your “welcome home” with an epic experience at the Cradle of Humankind.
The Cradle of Humankind is renowned in scientific circles as the place of excavation of the first Australopithecus fossils at Taung in 1924, but the truth is the area is so rich in fossil finds it’s difficult to know even where to begin. A massive 13 of the excavation sites within the basin are recognised as national heritage sites! Nationally and internationally, it’s come to be recognised as the very birthplace of mankind, hence the name.
The official visitor centre for the area, Maropeng, will take you on a journey to your own recent pass, documenting the rise of mankind and our diaspora from Africa in a state- of-the-art facility. Ever-changing guest exhibitions on a variety of subjects round out the experience. Then take a glimpse at the rich fossil heritage of the area [and challenge yourself] with a quick tour through Sterkfontein Caves. One of the longest ongoing paleoanthropological digs in the world, this remarkable site has yielded many fossil finds of note, including Mrs Ples and Little Foot, and the caves are accessible to almost everyone.
Littered with exquisite B&Bs, and some of Johannesburg’s most renowned and innovative restaurants, the Cradle isn’t all about the past however. From weddings and special events right through to top-end conference centers, the area also boasts the very best that the modern world has to offer. Take in the sights from a hot air balloon, visit art venues and sculpture parks, seek out bats in their home turf or indulge in a refreshing day at the spa- there’s no end to the activities the area offers. Learn more about Johannesburg’s gold mining history, or simply lay under the glittering stars and learn more about the sky above you.
Lying within an easy hour’s drive from Johannesburg, no trip to Africa is complete without taking in the wonders of our own prehistory at the Cradle of Humankind. Book with Go Touch Down Travel and Tours today, and step back into your own past on a spectacular journey you won’t soon forget.