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A TOUR OF STERKFONTEIN CAVES AT THE CRADLE OF MANKIND The Sterkfontein Caves is a geological wonderland of underground caves found in the Cradle of Mankind which is located roughly halfway between the capital cities of South Africa, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

A day tour with Mo Afrika Tours to this historical masterpiece is the ideal way to round off a week of interesting excursions with a knowledgeable guide, like a Johannesburg tour, Soweto tour and a Kruger safari tour.

World-class displays at Maropeng Visitor Centre provide incredible insight into the evolution of humankind and a tiny glimpse of life a few million years ago.

Meet Mrs Ples, a 2.1 million-year old Australopithecus skull and Little Foot, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton more than three million years old.

An hour-long guided tour of Sterkfontein Caves takes visitors on a journey deep under the earth to the place where the remains of some of our oldest ancestors have been discovered.

However, this fascinating tour starts a lot earlier as you enter the mystical valley of the Cradle of Humankind and enter the gateway to geology heaven at the Maropeng Visitor Centre.

The Sterkfontein Caves are located in the Cradle of Humankind which is one of the world’s richest hominid fossil sites.

Lime was discovered in the cave formations now known as the Sterkfontein Caves and new digs were set up.

It is one of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in South Africa and the only one in Gauteng.

It is internationally renowned as the “place where humankind originated” and regardless of your beliefs (creation versus evolution); a tour of its facilities helps put modern life into perspective.

The two skeletons are of an adult female and a young male, recently named “Karabo”, which means “answer” in Setswana.

The Cradle of Humankind encompasses the farms of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai that are located an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

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