Sterkfontein Caves


The spectacular discoveries in 1947 at Sterkfontein, now part of the Cradle of Humankind are no secret and have gained South Africa the reputation as the birthplace of the human race.

‘Mrs ‘Ples’, the 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull, and 'Little Foot', an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that is more than 3-million years old, were both found in the Sterkfontein Caves.

These amazing discoveries and many other hominid and animal fossils found here date back more than 4-million years to the birth of humanity. ‘Mrs ‘Ples’ and 'Little Foot' tell us much about our ancestors, Homo sapiens.

Daily tours at Sterkfontein Caves start above ground and then take visitors deep into the caves. The tours are run every half hour, seven days a week. Wear comfortable shoes when going into the caves and leave your handbags behind – there are a number of tight spots and stairs to negotiate. It is not advisable to do the tour if you are claustrophobic, suffer from acute asthma or have chest problems.

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Accommodation near Sterkfontein Caves

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

The Bird House Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 15 Protea Ridge Guest House in Protea Ridge
3.09km from Sterkfontein Caves

The Bird House Bed and Breakfast is a beautiful five-bedroomed guest house situated in the Cradle o...

from R1,250
1 night, 2 adults

Villa Savanna

Sleeps 8 Lanseria Country House in Lanseria
3.21km from Sterkfontein Caves

Villa Savanna is a 4 Star rated African country-styled bed and breakfast guest house overlooking the...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

EnGedi Guest House, Conference and Function Venue

Sleeps 16 Kromdraai Guest House in Kromdraai
3.28km from Sterkfontein Caves

As the original Hebrew name suggests, EnGedi literally is an oasis. Tucked away in The Cradle of Hu...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

The Cradle Lodge

Sleeps 16 Cradle of Humankind Guest House in Cradle of Humankind
3.29km from Sterkfontein Caves

The Cradle Lodge, with 8 luxury suites, is situated in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind.

from R3,500
1 night, 2 adults

Forum Homini

Sleeps 28 Muldersdrift Hotel in Muldersdrift
3.86km from Sterkfontein Caves

Situated on a private game estate in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, one of the world's most f...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Red Rose Iluba Lodge

Sleeps 16 Krugersdorp Lodge in Krugersdorp
4.03km from Sterkfontein Caves

Red Rose Iluba Lodge is set in a traditional tranquil environment with breathtaking mountainous view...

from R1,200
1 night, 2 adults

Mount Savannah Game Reserve

Sleeps 8 Krugersdorp Safari in Krugersdorp
4.07km from Sterkfontein Caves

Mount Savannah is situated within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site - a 47,000-hectare tou...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Cloud Nine Self-catering Holiday Units

Sleeps 10 Protea Ridge Self-catering in Protea Ridge
4.44km from Sterkfontein Caves

Situated on the outskirts of Krugersdorp, Cloud Nine Self-catering Holiday Units offers comfortable ...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Protea Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 13 Protea Ridge Guest House, Protea Ridge Self-catering in Protea Ridge
4.77km from Sterkfontein Caves

Protea Bed and Breakfast is situated close to Krugersdorp on the Sterkfontein/Hekpoort Road. The gue...

from R2,500
1 night, 2 adults

The Warehouse in the Cradle

Sleeps 6 Protea Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Protea Ridge
5.44km from Sterkfontein Caves

The Warehouse in the Cradle is an unusual industrial loft home which has featured on television for ...

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