For the Personal Touch
Sterkfontein Caves and the surrounding area is one of the richest sites for fossil hominins in the world. Walk down into these caves and see why the fossils here are so intact and how they got here. The ongoing excavations in this cave yielded 'Mrs Ples' in 1947, and 'Little Foot' in 1998, both  Australopithecus species. Nearby, a whole new species, Australopithecus sediba, was discovered in 2010 and Homo naledi in 2015. The walk around the site has vantage points showing the location of other caves in the Cradle, altogether about 150. New ones are still being located. The natural vegetation of the area is varied and interesting, easily examined while walking. Maropeng visitor centre explains the forces shaping the earth, life and evolution, and has a display of fossils. The walk outside has beautiful views across the Cradle. You are collected from your place of accommodation and we proceed to the caves. We descend on a guided tour of the caves themselves, and spend some time in the museum. After the tour, we walk around the diggings where Mrs Ples was found, and along the boardwalk where other caves in the Cradle are pointed out. From Sterkfontein, we proceed to Maropeng Visitor Centre where we enjoy the hands-on exhibits and examine the original fossils in the fossil museum. Situated close to the Sterkfontein Caves is the Rhino and Lion Park.This small private game reserve has a large variety of free roaming antelope, buffalo and rhino. In addition, there are populations of wild dog, lion and cheetah in drive-through enclosures. A vulture restaurant attracts there amazing birds, and the visitor centre has a wide variety of animals in a zoo setting. The hippo pools offer hippo, an enclosure of Ground Hornbill, and more lion. Depending on the time available, and your requirements, we can take the scenic route back. This is longer, and goes through the Cradle via the Witwatersberg mountains, providing a glimpse of the beauty of this area. This is a full day tour, and all refreshments are provided. If anything extra is required, there is a restaurant/coffee shop at both locations, as well as gift shops. Origins Centre is at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg city. This museum offers wonderful displays on the development of modern humans - stone tools, stone engravings and paintings, and a wonderful exhibit on the San people, some of the earliest modern people and the original inhabitants of this area. Please remember - my speciality is customised tours. I will quote on a customised tour or amend itineraries to suit you.
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The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
The Cradle Option   From Johannesburg Centre: 40km Tour Time: 6-8 hours Start time: No later than 10h00  Pickup & drop-off:  From your accommodation in the Northern Suburbs.  Layover Option: This tour can be done from O R Tambo.  This price excludes lunch, but includes snacks and soft drinks. Cradle Safari Option  Rhino and Lion Park : A visit to this Safari Park can be included. Time spent at the other venues would have to be curtailed.  From Johannesburg Centre: 40km Tour Time: 8-9 hours Start time: No later than 8h00  Pickup & drop-off:  From your accommodation in the Northern Suburbs.  This price can include a picnic lunch eaten at the Lion Park, snacks and soft drinks. Origins Centre Option  Origins Centre portrays the development of mankind, and has a wonderful selection of San displays. Time spent at the other venues would have to be curtailed.  From Johannesburg Centre: 40km Tour Time: 8-9 hours Start time: No later than 8h00  Pickup & drop-off:  From your accommodation in the Northern Suburbs.  This price excludes lunch, but includes snacks and soft drinks. Rambling Robin Individualised Private and GroupTours