Cradle of Human Kind World Heritage Site
The Cradle of Humankind is a World Heritage Site about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Gauteng province. This site currently occupies 47,000 hectares it contains a complex of limestone cave, including the Sterkfontein Cave, where the 2.3-million year-old fossil nicknamed Mr Ples. The name Cradle of Humankind reflects the fact that the site has produced a large number, as well as some of the oldest fossils ever found, some dating back as far as 3.5 million years ago. Sterkfontein alone has produced more than a third of early hominid fossils ever found.
There is also a shop on the site as well as exhibitions and events that happen regularly. Guided tours are also available. The Maropneg Visitor Centre is open to the public from 9am to 5pm every day. The last boat ride departs at 4pm. The sterkfontein Caves are open to the public from 9am to 5pm with the last boat leaving at 4pm. The tours at the Sterkfontein Caves, which start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves, run every half-hour, seven days a week.
There is also a restaurant on the site that serves a wide variety of food and drinks.