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From Jo'burg: Lion Park & Cradle of Humankind with Lunch

From Jo'burg: Lion Park & Cradle of Humankind with Lunch

From US$ 201.10 per person

Take a full-day tour to the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s not far from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Visit the Lion Park, the Sterkfontein Caves, and Maropeng. Liquid refreshments on the ride are included, as is lunch.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Afrikaans
Pickup included
Pick-up is provided at your location in Johannesburg or Pretoria.
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  • Visit the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • See the Sterkfontein Caves, where some of the world’s oldest hominin fossils have been found
  • Learn the secrets of human ancestry at the Maropeng Visitor Center
  • Visit The Lion Park, Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng on the same tour
Full description
Visit the world-renowned Cradle of Mankind on a popular full-day tour from Johannesburg. Transfers from your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria are provided. The Cradle of Humankind is about 47,000 hectares in size and is located just 50 kilometers from Johannesburg. It is one of 8 places in South Africa listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1999. You’ll find a complex of limestone caves, including the Sterkfontein Caves, where the 2.3-million-year-old fossil Australopithecus africanus (nicknamed Mrs. Ples) was unearthed in 1947. In fact, more than a third of all hominid fossils ever found have come from this area. At the Maropeng Visitor Center you’ll take in the world-class exhibition, opened in 2005, that focuses on the development of humans and hominins over the last few million years. At the entrance, you’ll see a massive burial mound called the Tumulus, which is also your gateway to learning the secrets of human ancestry. At the Sterkfontein Caves you’ll see evidence of the discovery of many hominid and other animal fossils, dating back more than 4 million years, to the birth of humanity. The Lion Park, which you’ll also visit on this tour, is a prime example of the grassland biome typical of the highveld. 
  • Pick-up from your hotel or guest house in Johannesburg, Sandton or Pretoria
  • Driver/guide
  • 45-minute to 1-hour open safari
  • 1-hour underground cave tour
  • Visit to Maropeng Exhibition Center
  • Drinks in the vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Extra activities not mentioned in the description
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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  • You should wear closed shoes for walking in the cave.
  • The tour into the cave is not suitable for people with back problems, but they can walk through the museum.
Customer reviews

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5 /5

based on 21 reviews

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Great experience

It was a great opportunity to see a lion cub and visit a fantastic cave. The cradle of humankind is a incredible tour. Everybody must visit this at least once. It's difficult to put words in the emotion that we felt inside that huge cave and imagine our ancestors there. Despite love the experience, we felt awkward after that. Those cubs will never have a regular lion life after been touch by us. Adults lions live in a very restrict area and when they have more animals than that small space can support, they sell them. In summary, the tour was great, Jason, our guide, is also great, but we think we don't want to pet wild animals anymore. They deserve a regular wild life.

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February 16, 2017

A great day at the Lion Park, the caves & at the safari!

It was a beautiful day. Jason was very prompt in picking us up. He informed us of what to expect & was a wonderful driver & guide for us. We were thrilled he encouraged us to visit the lion cubs early...the cubs were very cute & playful. Jason also helped us to visit the cheetahs. If you get a chance, this is a winner of a tour!

October 19, 2016

Excellent combination tour with excellent guide

The tour is a combination of cultural (Sterkfontein Caves & At the Maropeng Visitor Center) and natural (Lion Park) interests. The lunch at Maropeng with beautiful view of the surroundings was just great and relaxing. Jason Pollard is an excellent and knowledgeable guide discretely accomodating to your needs. Caressing lion cubs and cheetahs at Lion Park is an unforgatable experience. I enjoyed every moment of the tour and recommend it to anyone.

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October 14, 2016

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