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“How life began! Fascinating experience!”

The Cradle of Humankind
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Full-Day Cradle of Human Kind Tour from Johannesburg
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Windsor, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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“How life began! Fascinating experience!”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The Cradle of Humankind and Maropeng are fascinating. Thoroughly loved the caves, the guide was very knowledgeable and guided us well through the tunnels and explaining the different formations and minerals that exist. Plenty of time to take pictures too. The museum was my favourite- not too many dusty artefacts to gawk over, but more a o story or journey about life, the earth, the continents, the 'Big Bang'. Absolutely loved it. Worth a visit for the day, and a wonderful restaurant to re-coup thereafter. Would not recommend the caves if you are claustrophobic, and have back problems, as need to crawl or duck-walk certain parts of the cave.

Visited July 2014
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“The vortex back in time”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Really cool exhibition, very factual. The highlight was going through the vortex. The vortex is a passage way through which you walk and black with white stars revolve around you.

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New York City
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“What a surprise - incredible museum!”
Reviewed 18 July 2014

The museum exhibit here is so well done and deeply informative. Make sure you allow yourself at least 30 - 45 minutes to check it our before you head to the caves on your tour. The cave tour is fascinating and the guide was really knowledgeable. Way beyond that of just a guide, she was just terrific. It was a relatively last minute add to the trip and I am so glad we did. The other half of the place - Maropeng - is about a 15 minute drive away. Better suited for kids than adults, but still worth a visit.

Visited July 2014
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“Experience how the earth has changed”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

We visited Maropeng as an logical extension of our visit to Sterkfontein caves.

The museum can only be described as a living museum - very few stuffy artefacts but rather aimed at giving children the opportunity to experience how earth has developed over the millenniums.

This includes a boat ride where one experience the building bricks of earth ( air, water, ice and fire). The vortex is a memorable experience of how one's senses can be fooled.

Tip : the museum is interesting to adults but primarily aimed at children of all ages.

Visited June 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Meet the ancestors@ Cradle of Humankind.”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

With some trepidation, we drove from Pretoria( app 45mins) to the Cradle of Humankind. Mixed reviews vis Tripadvisor has us hoping for the best! Well, we were thrilled to find a world-class Unesco site, local school kids enjoying, Japanese tourists photographing the school kids, us loving the fun..plus Cradle of Humankind is wonderful . Fully interactive, beautifully designed & maintained , & a journey through time with our ancestors. Easy access for all ages & abilities. Plus the best gift shop with items we'd not seen in our travels around South Africa…bonus. Africa really does give us such unique opportunities to explore our world & The Cradle of Humankind begins our journey.

Visited May 2014
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