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Glenburn Lodge

from R1,008
Glenburn Lodge offers a total of 100 bedrooms made up of 13 Chalets consisting between 2 & 3...
Glenburn Lodge offers a total of 100 bedrooms made up of 13 Chalets consisting between 2 & 3 bedroom units, 18 Garden Suites, 48 hotel twin rooms including 2 family rooms and 2 paraplegic rooms, as well as 3 luxury suites overlooking indigenous bush and tranquil water features. Also available is our Bushwillow Tented camp where we offer 10 tents sleeping between 4 and 6 guests per tent.
from R1,008
Sleeps 114 in 55 rooms

2 Reviews

Magalies Manor

from R1,440
In a valley nestled in the Magaliesberg mountain range lies an elegant and gracious country...
In a valley nestled in the Magaliesberg mountain range lies an elegant and gracious country retreat, just 45 minutes from Johannesburg. Magalies Manor is a small but exclusive country establishment, offering the very best of cuisine, personalized service and privacy.
from R1,440
Sleeps 76 in 32 rooms

32 Reviews

Sky Lodge

from R1,150
Sky Lodge is a unique stone and thatch getaway in the Hartbeespoort Dam area. The lodge is located...
Sky Lodge is a unique stone and thatch getaway in the Hartbeespoort Dam area. The lodge is located on 50 hectares of magnificent mountainside and offers majestic views of the Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding Magaliesberg Mountain
from R1,150

31 Reviews

The Rabbit Hole Guest House & Restaurant has 17 unique and artistically styled en-suite rooms. MCCI...
The Rabbit Hole Guest House & Restaurant has 17 unique and artistically styled en-suite rooms. MCCI winner: Best Guest House. We offer Airport Transfers, Dinners, Lunch Packs, Daily Laundry done free of charge, limited free wireless internet access in all rooms.
from R720
Sleeps 31 in 16 rooms

6 Reviews

Break away from the city and relax in one of our seven new, affordable and very comfortable...
Break away from the city and relax in one of our seven new, affordable and very comfortable self-catering units in a tranquil and beautiful setting with panoramic views of the Magaliesberg Mountains.
from R1,100
Sleeps 16 in 7 rooms

73 Reviews

Intaba Thulile

from R750
Intaba Thulile self-catering mountain retreat set in a magnificent nature reserve in the...
Intaba Thulile self-catering mountain retreat set in a magnificent nature reserve in the Magaliesburg mountains.
from R750
Sleeps 24 in 6 rooms

12 Reviews

The Loft Guest House is perfectly located on a main route of Krugersdorp and on the doorstep of...
The Loft Guest House is perfectly located on a main route of Krugersdorp and on the doorstep of Roodepoort. Situated in close proximity to four major shopping centres, the Loft Guest House offers you a home away from home with all the creature comforts you desire.
from R680
Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms

4 Reviews

No8 Guest House

from R800
No8 Guest House is situated in Krugersdorp North at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a green, leafy...
No8 Guest House is situated in Krugersdorp North at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in a green, leafy part of the suburb. We are 1,5km from the Key West Shopping Centre, within a 5 minute drive of a wide variety of attractions in The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
from R800

4 Reviews

Situated in Muldersdrift only 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Bush Willow Tented...
Situated in Muldersdrift only 30 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Bush Willow Tented Camp offers a unique experience. The small tented camp is built in a sector of Glenburn Lodge which is surrounded by indigenous bush, at the foot of the Zwartkops Mountains, on the banks of the Blaauwbank River.
from R860
Sleeps 60 in 10 rooms

Rose Well Spa

from R900
Spoil yourself with some deeply pampering spa treatments in the hills of Magaliesburg. Cold and...
Spoil yourself with some deeply pampering spa treatments in the hills of Magaliesburg. Cold and heated swimming pools, mineral therapy ponds, open-air exercise lapa, residents lounge, and many more.
from R900
Sleeps 16 in 6 rooms

11 Reviews

The Farm

from R700
Secure, private, self-catering accommodation in the Hartbeestfontein Conservancy, near Magaliesburg...
Secure, private, self-catering accommodation in the Hartbeestfontein Conservancy, near Magaliesburg between Hekpoort and Skeerpoort only 20 km from Hartbeespoort Dam. Right in the Hub of local tourist destinations. Facilities in the area include hiking, cycling, water sports and hot air ballooning. Please not that we don’t take last minutes bookings.
from R700

17 Reviews

Olive Tree Guesthouse

from R1,300
Nestled in a secluded valley, Olive Tree Farm is perfect for a romantic break in the majestic...
Nestled in a secluded valley, Olive Tree Farm is perfect for a romantic break in the majestic Magalies mountains. If you want to explore the many fascinating aspects of the Magalies Meander or you just need to unwind, Olive Tree Farm offers you luxurious rooms in serene surroundings.
from R1,300

12 Reviews

Puschka Farm

from R620
Puschka is an organic farm situated in the beautiful Naauwpoort Valley, in the foothills of the...
Puschka is an organic farm situated in the beautiful Naauwpoort Valley, in the foothills of the majestic Magaliesberg Mountain Range, with the Hex River winding its way through the valley and farm.
from R620
Sleeps 18 in 3 rooms

19 Reviews

Meerkatplaats offer self-catering or bed and breakfast accommodation in a lovely farmhouse, with...
Meerkatplaats offer self-catering or bed and breakfast accommodation in a lovely farmhouse, with dinners and lunches on request in your preferred environment. The guest house is set in a private garden surrounded by the bushveld.
from R1,100

1 Review

special Lavender Lake Farm - The Cottage | Accommodation Cradle of Humankind
Offering an authentic farm environment where dam, fields, orchards and rock pools scatter the...
Offering an authentic farm environment where dam, fields, orchards and rock pools scatter the landscape, the cottage on Lavender Lake Farm will become your dream home in the country.
from R1,000
Sleeps 12 in 2 rooms

6 Reviews

Cradle of Humankind South Africa

Cradle of Humankind  Accommodation

A mere hour's drive from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is a place of major significance. It was here we first became human. Here where we first stood upright on our own two, rather oddly shaped, feet, explored the uses to which we could put our usefully opposed thumbs, and experimented with more and more sophisticated grunts as we tried to make sense of our environment. Its also the place where 1.8 million years ago we first "domesticated" fire.
You can do a tour of the Sterkfontein Caves, where there is a small interpretive museum, but you'll get more out of a visit here if you take a dedicated tour with a knowledgeable guide who can tell you about the various discoveries.

OK – to be perfectly honest, it's unlikely that these hominids lived only in the Sterkfontein area – they probably ranged all over southern Africa but, in order for fossils to be preserved, they need to die under ideal conditions – ideal conditions for fossil formation, not ideal conditions for life, obviously.

And the Cradle of Humankind, with its heavy deposits of limestone, offered the perfect environment for the preservation of these ancient skeletons. Since 1947, when Robert Broom discovered the first hominid fossil, who came to be known as Mrs Ples, literally thousands of fossils have been found at Sterkfontein and the other sites that make up the Cradle of Humankind.

But, even if you're not particularly interested in visiting the place where our ancestors hung out, the Cradle of Humankind is a great place to visit and it is close to Pretoria and Johannesburg. There are enough small game farms, caves, restaurants, craft shops and guesthouses to keep you occupied for a couple of days. You could even go for a hot air balloon ride. The Cradle is also close to the town of Magaliesburg and the Magaliesberg Mountains.

World Heritage Sites – Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs

The Cradle of Humankind was proclaimed one of South Africa's first World Heritage Sites in 1999.

Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs Krugersdorp, Gauteng S25º55'45 E27º 47'20

Makapan Valley Mokopane (Potgietersrus), Limpopo, South Africa S24º9'31 E29º10'37

Taung Skull Fossil Site Taung, North West, South Africa S27º37'10 E24º37'59

The Taung Skull Fossil Site, part of the extension, is the place where in 1924 the celebrated Taung Skull - a specimen of the species Australopithecus africanus - was found. Makapan Valley, also in the site, features in its many archaeological caves traces of human occupation and evolution dating back some 3.3 million years. The area contains essential elements that define the origin and evolution of humankind. Fossils found there have enabled the identification of several specimens of early hominids, more particularly specimens of Paranthropus, dating back between 4.5 million and 2.5 million years as well as evidence of the domestication of fire 1.8 million to 1 million years ago. It is an extension to the site inscribed in 1999.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Selection Criteria

  • (iii). To bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared.
  • (vi). To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).

Source: UNESCO

A mere hour's drive from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind is a place of major significance. It was here we first became human. Here where we first stood upright on our own two, rather oddly shaped, feet, explored the uses to which we could put...

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