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Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour

1. Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind & Sterkfontein Caves Tour

The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site and is located about 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, in the Gauteng province. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, the site is home to the largest concentration of human ancestral remains anywhere in the world. The site currently occupies 47,000 hectares (180 sq mi)[6] and contains a complex system of limestone caves. The registered name of the site in the list of World Heritage Sites is fossil human hominid sites South africa The Sterkfontein Caves were the site of the discovery of a 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed "Mrs. Ples"), found in 1947 by Robert Broom and John T. Robinson. The find helped corroborate the 1924 discovery of the juvenile Australopithecus africanus skull known as the "Taung Child", by Raymond Dart, at Taung in the North West Province of South Africa, where excavations still continue. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an award-winning, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. Take a journey through time, starting with the formation of the planet and moving all the way through the evolutionary processes that culminated in the world as we know it today.

From Johannesburg: 5-Day Johannesburg and Cape Town Tour

2. From Johannesburg: 5-Day Johannesburg and Cape Town Tour

Day 1: JohannesburgYour South African sightseeing tour begins in Johannesburg at the Radisson Blu Four-Star Hotel. From here, travel to Pretoria to visit the Voortrekker Monument where you'll learn about the history of the Afrikaners and the Great Trek. Drive through the beautiful city of Pretoria and pass by Church Square before heading to the Union Buildings, the seat of the South African Government, for a photoshoot. See the iconic Nelson Mandela statue while here. Next stop, Soweto. Visit the Hector Pieterson Museum and Mandela House before wrapping up your first day with a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Day 2: JohannesburgDepart from the Radisson Blu Hotel and head to the Cradle of Humankind. Located about 50 kilometers from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is one of eight places in South Africa listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Sterkfontein Caves where the 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus was unearthed in 1947, and see the Maropeng Visitor Center, a world-class exhibition that was opened in 2005 and focuses on the development of hominins. Day 3: Cape TownGet picked up from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Johannesburg in the morning and travel to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town, embark on a full-day tour that takes you around the entire Cape Peninsula. Discover the wonders of Cape Town, from the pristine beaches to the spectacular sight of Cape Point, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Your day also includes a visit to the sensational Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Day 4: Cape TownStart your day with another convenient pickup from the Radisson Blu Four-Star Hotel in Cape Town and set out on a full-day wine tour. Start in Stellenbosch and make your way through the best Winelands in the Cape. Take part in an optional wine tasting. Day 5: Cape TownSpend the final day of your tour on a full-day safari in a beautiful private game reserve. See South African wildlife in its natural habitat. The reserve is home to over 1,200 species including lions, cheetahs, black rhino, eland, leopards, the Cape clawless otter, and many more. Enjoy the prolific birdlife in the park, which includes the African fish eagle, black-breasted snake eagle, giant kingfisher, Cape vulture, Cape eagle owl, flamingo, ostrich, secretary bird, sacred ibis, spotted eagle owl, black stork, barn owl, and jackal buzzard to name just a few. Your tour concludes with a return flight to OR Tambo International Airport. 

Hartbeespoort: Self-Drive Lion and Safari Park Tour

3. Hartbeespoort: Self-Drive Lion and Safari Park Tour

Make a trip to the must-see tourist destination, Lion & Safari Park, situated only 13km from Lanseria Airport and only 40min from Johannesburg. Enjoy amazing views as it is nestled in the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range and also within the Cradle of Humankind, a world UNESCO heritage site. This self-drive option allows you you get up close to the predators and other wildlife. No guide is provided so you can drive with your family and friends in your own time through the lion, wild dog, and cheetah enclosures as well as an extended game drive to view antelope and other species. You can watch the lion feeding at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM on weekends and public holidays.

From Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind Tour

4. From Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind Tour

Discover the birthplace of humanity and see the place where our collective umbilical cord lies buried on a day tour to the Cradle of Humankind. Start your morning with a convenient hotel pickup and head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site located just outside of Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind. Begin your sightseeing adventure with a tour of the Sterkfontein Exhibition Center and Caves. Follow your guide as you explore the exhibition above ground before heading deep into the caves. Learn about the fascinating history behind this archeological site and the discoveries that have been made here, some dating back more than four million years. Next, head to the Maropeng Visitor Center to see the award-winning, world-class exhibition focused on the development of humans and our ancestors. Take a journey through time and learn about the evolutionary processes that worked together to create the world as we know it today.

Johannesburg: Day Trip to Cradle of Humankind and Game Drive

5. Johannesburg: Day Trip to Cradle of Humankind and Game Drive

Discover the Bothongo Rhino & Lion Safari, an established tourist destination. The park offers a wealth of exciting activities including a 4x4 game drive for 2.5 hours. With over 600 game, this is the perfect setting for admiring nature on your doorstep. More than thirty species of game, including three of the big five, can be viewed from open vehicles in the presence of an experienced registered local guide. These include Kruger Lion, White Rhino and Buffalo. Endangered species, such as wild dog have been reintroduced into the area. Cheetah, hippo, crocodile and more than 20 species of antelope will also be part of this experience. From a vulture hide, the visitor has the opportunity to view and photograph the rare Cape Vulture. After visiting the Bothongo Rhino & Lion Park, continue to the Cradle of Humankind Sterkfontein Caves (Subject to availability), here you can see the oldest hominid fossils from the cradle which are more than 3 million years old. Visit the exhibition center, which showcases geological concepts such as cave formations and fossils of early life form. It is highly interactive and enjoyable, and will engage visitors off all ages.

From Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind and Lion Safari

6. From Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind and Lion Safari

Discover the Cradle of Humankind on this full-day tour from Johannesburg. Explore the Lion and Safari park, go on an underground cave tour, and enjoy Maropeng's interactive exhibits. Begin your day with a pickup from your Johannesburg hotel. Head to the Lion and Safari Park and see lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, and antelopes up close. Snap photos of these beautiful animals before going on an open-vehicle safari through the lion enclosures with your guide. Next, enjoy some time to experience the 5 dome shopping center before going to the Cradle of Humankind. Go on a 1-hour tour of the Sterkfontein caves, marvel at the beauty of these magnificent caves, and see where archaeologists discovered hominid fossils. After your cave tour, enjoy lunch before visiting Maropeng, a world-class interactive exhibition center and museum. Learn about evolution and the discoveries at the Sterkfontein caves before returning to your Johannesburg hotel.

From Johannesburg: 7-Day Kruger National Park Tour

7. From Johannesburg: 7-Day Kruger National Park Tour

Day 1 Pickup from the hotel head to hazyvieux The afternoon safari. 7:30 pm dinner Day 2 Full day safari in the national park 7:30 pm dinner Day 3 Full day safari in 4x4 in the national park 7:30 pm dinner Day 4 8:00 am after the breakfast we are heading to Graskop visiting our Green canyon on(Blyde River Canyon) 26 km long including the thee randavals, the bourke's luck potholes, Berlin and Lisbon falls and God's window Day 5 8:00 am arriving at the elephant cenctuary( interracttion with elephant) and maropeng Day 6 Full day activities at Ukuthula ( walking the lions and the cheethas) and lesedi Cultural Village and dinner(African cuisine) Day 7 Back to johannesberg by visiting johannesberg Town and soweto.

Private Cradle of Human Kind + Lesedi Cultural Village Tour

8. Private Cradle of Human Kind + Lesedi Cultural Village Tour

Depart from your accommodation in Johannesburg and begin your tour, which is full of history and culture. Drive through the suburbs of Johannesburg North, heading to the Cradle of Human Kind. Your tour guide will answer any questions you may have about the destination you are heading to. Legend has it that African ancestors lived here for 3 million years and that it is the birthplace of Humanity. Explore the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Visitor Center to learn more about why this place is called the Cradle of Human Kind. See different fossils and discover a lot of information about the birthplace of humankind. Continue on to the Lesedi Cultural Village to learn about the different cultures of South Africa and how they shape the modern lifestyles. African culture is very rich and the Lesedi Cultural Village provides the perfect opportunity to explore the rainbow nation of diverse cultures. Wrap up the day with a famous African dance that will be a wonderful end to your tour. After Lesedi, the driver will bring you back to your accommodation. 

15 Days Johannesburg, Kruger National Park – Cape Town Tour

9. 15 Days Johannesburg, Kruger National Park – Cape Town Tour

Day 1- Arrival at Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport You will arrive in O.R Tambo International Airport Then be transported to your 4-Star Hotel in Sandon, Radisson Blu. Day 2- Pretoria, Soweto & Apartheid Museum Day Tour The first stop will be at the Voortrekker monument. You will proceed to Church Square, then the Union Buildings. From here you will be headed straight to Soweto to the Hector Peterson Museum and start to explore the dark apartheid past. Next, you will visit Mandela House Museum for some inspirational history. The final stop of the day will be Apartheid museum. Explore this museum before going back to Radisson Blu 4-Star Hotel. Day 3- Cradle of Humankind and Lesedi cultural tour Visit Sterkfontein Caves to understand the origin of Humankind. Next, Lesedi Cultural Village and get to learn the various African tribes. Later get dropped off at Radisson Blu. Day 4- Johannesburg -Kruger National Park On arrival you will check-in at Protea Hotel in Hazyview then go on an afternoon game drive for 4 hours. Then head back to the hotel. Day 5- Hazyview- Kruger National Park Leave early for the big day safari. After spending the whole day, get dropped at Protea hotel Hazyview. Day 6- Full day Panorama tour Visit Blyde River canyon, then God's window, Belin fall and head back to the Protea hotel. Day 7- Hazyview- Johannesburg Airport- Cape Town Airport You will depart Hazyview, heading to Johannesburg for your flight to Cape Town. Day 8- Free Day- V&A Waterfront Get a taste of Cape Town with Victoria and Alfred Waterfront Transfers. Get dropped in the morning at the group designated time and picked up later in the evening and transferred to Radisson Blu 4-Star Hotel. Day 9- Robben Island Museum and Table Mountain After being picked from your hotel you will start with Robben Island in Cape Town. You will visit the Prison that was home to Nelson Mandela for a long time and get a guided tour from one of the former Prisoners. Next, Visit Table Mountain Cable Way Take a cable car to the top of the mysteriously flat mountain top and enjoy the beautiful views of the whole of Cape Town, its mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean. Day 10- Free Day- V&A Waterfront You will be dropped at the V&A and you can do whatever you like. Day 11- Full day Cape Peninsula day tour Visit Camps Bay, then Hout Bay, Chapman's Peak, Cape Point Ostrich farm, Cape of good hope, Cape Point, Boulders beach and Kirstenboscsh Botanical Gardens. Day 12- Full day City and Township tour Explore the city of Cape Town and have a chilled day in the townships. Day 13- Full day Winelands tour You will get to see amazing wine vineyards like Fraschhhoek, and Paarl. Day 14- Free Day- V&A Waterfront Get another taste of Cape Town Waterfront for a day where you can do what you like and be transferred to Radisson Blu Hotel later. Day 15 You finally will end your thrilling and exciting tour. Get dropped at Cape Town Airport Then get a flight to O.R Tambo Airport.

10 Days Overland Tour-Johannesburg and Cape Town

10. 10 Days Overland Tour-Johannesburg and Cape Town

Day 1- O.R Tambo Airport Arrival in Johannesburg OR Tambo and you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Radisson Blu Hotel. Day 2 -BIG 5 safari – Pilanesberg National Park Enjoy a Pilanesberg experience near Sun City with a big 5 exploration then later return to your Radisson Blu Hotel. Day 3- Pretoria, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour Enjoy a Pretoria, Soweto and Apartheid Museum Day Tour. Explore the great highlights with Pretoria with exploration at the Voortrekker Museum. Kruger House Museum, the union buildings and so much more. You then move on to Soweto for some township exploration with highlights being Vilakazi Street, Mandela House, Regina Mundi Church and so much more. You the cap off your tour at the Apartheid Museum for some true depiction exploration and get dropped back at Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton Day 4- Cradle of Humankind and Lesedi Cultural Village Day Tour Visit the Cradle of Humankind for a day out at Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves for a trip down human evolution. From there also enjoy some time into South Africa's cultural village show casing true and authentic South Africa cultures such the Zulu culture, Sotho, Xhosa and so much more. Later on go back to your overnight accommodation in Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton Day 5- Arrive Cape Town – Cape Town – Table Mountain Tour On your 5th day we leave the city of Johannesburg for the mother City Tour of Cape Town. Upon arrival make your way to Table Mountain for a cable ride like no other and after the Table Mountain tour you will check-in to Cresta Grande Hotel in Cape Town. Day 6- Robben Island Tour with Winelands Tour Wake up to an adventure to the prison located in Robben Island significant for all Nelson Mandela history. There after make your way to a taste adventure with the Cape Winelands for some truly beautiful scenery as well as wine like never before. The shuttle team will later drop you off at Cresta Grande Hotel in Cape Town. Day 7- Cape Peninsular full Day Tour Enjoy a Cape Penisnsula Tour with highlights such as the 12 Apostles and Camps Bay, Chapman’s drive, the famous Cape Point and the Cape of good hope as well as Simon’s town for a view of the Penguins before passing through the coastline back to Cresta Grande Hotel in Cape Town Day 8 -Free Day This is an open Day where you can either do some shopping or visit the Waterfront. Transport will be provided to and from Cresta Grande Hotel in Cape Town Day 9- Free Day These is an open Day where you can either do some shopping or visit the Waterfront or Visit Muizenberg Beach. Transport will be provided to and from Radisson Blu 4-Star Hotel. Day 10- Depart from Cape Town Say goodbye to your 10 Days Johannesburg and Cape Town Tour. Get transferred to Cape Town International Airport.

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Michael was kind, enthusiastic and helpful. Sterkfontein Caves is worth experiencing, they are still natural. Some of the tunnels I crawled through on all fours! The hard hats were essential. Maropeng is a must visit.

This tour guide Jason was very polite and informative. we enjoyed our time a lot during this tour and got great guidance. Thank you Jason

Great guide that is very informative of the local areas. He was on time where he said he would be.

My family enjoyed the tour they can't contain their excitement

it was a great experience. staff is very welcoming