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The Cradle of Humankind

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Address: South Africa
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US$145.71*
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Beginning of mankind?

Visited here on a rainy day so did not benefit from the outside surroundings, but the exhibition is informative & interesting but perhaps a little tired as several of the inter... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Benoni, South Africa
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Benoni, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on a rainy day so did not benefit from the outside surroundings, but the exhibition is informative & interesting but perhaps a little tired as several of the inter active units were not working? The most "wow" factor was a boat ride simulating the passing of time as the earth was developed. Well worth a visit to understand... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Old artefacts. Brilliant Tour Guides. Loved the cave. The boat ride was my favourite part. Really great value for money.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This space so beautifully preserved the remains of some of the oldest artifacts and bone structure known to man. The tour guides are very well informed and the it's all beautifully displayed. I wanted to go on a hot air ballon ride but I found out you have to make it there supper early for that. We missed the caves... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

We felt that we would have preferred a personal guided tour through the exhibition instead of making our way through on our own, reading the displays as we went. No staff on hand to answer questions either. You take a boat ride through the different ages but be warned that it is really dark and in some places the 'rocks'... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We visited the Cradle of Humankind Visitor Centre in early December. It is about a 50 minute drive from Johannesburg. The museum housed informative displays on the evolution of man and animals. There is an interesting themed boat ride, which transports you through the formation of our Earth, followed by a tour through the main section of the museum, which... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Having just left the Sterkfontein Caves (which were very interesting) we were somewhat disappointed in Cradle of Humankind. It was a mixed experience. The water ride through time was short, confusing and amateurish. The remainder of the exhibition was mildly interactive and fairly informative but certainly not world-class. The café at the entrance was quite good and the staff were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

One of the best presented displays I have ever visited. Information was displayed in many different innovative ways. Lots of interactive activities. A visit well worth making.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

With a long layover in Johannesburg my wife and I decided to visit the Cradle of Humankind, 50 kilometers NW of the city. I'm a very interested science observer when it come to the evolutionary origins of homo sapiens and this place gave me goosebumps! We visited the Sterkfontein Caves where, in 1947, a 2.3 million year old Australopithecus africanus... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Only visit if you are serious about the field of study. The exhibition center is quite boring. At R160 it's overpriced. Displays are dated.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

A worthwhile exhibit with plenty of information about the development of hominids and early humans. I was, however, somewhat disappointed by the lack of actual artifacts of early human development. Most of the most significant paleontological finds are represented by replicas. It's understandable that the universities that found them want to keep them, but you would think that some kind... More 

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