Cradle of Humankind
Johannesburg, South Africa
The name Cradle of Humankind reflects the fact that the site has produced a substantially large number of hominin fossils, some of the oldest ever found, dating as far back as 3.5 million years ago. The Cradle of Humankind is one of the world’s most important fossil sites because it has produced: The first adult Australopithecus, found by Dr Robert Broom at Sterkfontein in 1936. A second kind of ape-man found at Kromdraai and named Paranthropus robustus by Broom in 1938.
- Arrival in Johannesburg, South Africa
- Transfer to the Cradle of Humankind, which is located about an hour's drive from Johannesburg
- Check into your accommodation, which can be a hotel or a guesthouse in the area
- Visit the Maropeng Visitor Centre, which is the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind. Here, you can explore interactive exhibits and displays about the evolution of humanity, as well as see fossils and artifacts discovered in the area.