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About Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

The Cradle of Humankind is a significant UNESCO World Heritage Site about 50 km northwest of Johannesburg. Aptly named the Cradle of Humankind for the fact that it is the site where many of the oldest hominid fossils have been found, some dating back as far as 3.5 million years ago.

Since 1947, when Robert Broom discovered the first hominid fossil, “Mrs Ples”, literally thousands of fossils have been found at Sterkfontein Caves and the other sites that make up the Cradle of Humankind.

Besides the novelty of hanging out where our ancestors lived, the Cradle of Humankind is a fabulous place to visit and it is close to Pretoria and Johannesburg. There are plenty of small wildlife reserves, caves, restaurants, craft shops and guesthouses to keep you busy for days. You could even go for a hot air balloon ride. The Cradle is also close to Hartbeespoort Dam, the town of Magaliesburg and the Magaliesberg Mountains.

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Accommodation near Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

The Moon and Sixpence

Sleeps 32 in 15 rooms

Nestled in a picturesque village, The Moon and Sixpence transports you to a world of enchantment with its soothing fountains and lush...
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Sleeps 70 in 35 rooms

Nestled amidst the Zwartkoppies hills and nestled on the picturesque banks of the Crocodile River, just a short drive from the bustling...
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Hartley Manor Guest House

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Sleeps 26 in 12 rooms

Welcome to Hartley Manor, nestled in the breathtaking Muldersdrift area. Our enchanting establishment offers a range of both self-catering...
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Misty Morn Cottages

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Sleeps 15 in 4 rooms

Welcome to Misty Morn Cottages, a charming self-catering accommodation nestled on a foothill in Muldersdrift. Our cottages provide a...
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Hakunamatata Estate, Lodge & ...

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Sleeps 24 in 12 rooms

Hakunamatata Guest Lodge & Health Resort is a blissful retreat nestled in the enchanting...
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Cradle Valley

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Sleeps 67 in 26 rooms

Located just off one of the main highways in the stunning Muldersdrift area, Cradle Valley beckons travelers with its charming bed and...
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Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site Map

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Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is 13km from the centre of Muldersdrift , the nearest airport 18km (Lanseria International Airport).
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