Makapansgat Caves


Rich in biodiversity, the scenically stunning Makapansgat Valley and Caves play a significant role in the Cradle of Humankind.

The numerous cave system draw palaeontologists from around the globe to view fossils that date back over three million years, revealing the stories of this once tropical paradise.

Our early ancestor, the ‘ape-man’ Austalopithecus africanus, is one of the fascinating finds.

See the oldest site at Makapansgat Limeworks. The Cave of Hearths has evidence of human occupation from the Early Stone Age and the Hyena Cave has remains of early hyenas.

Today vervet monkeys, baboons and bush babies clamber in the treetops, searching for the same edible fruits and plants that early man gathered.

Contact the Arend Dieperink Museum in Mokopane for guided tours of the Makapansgat Caves starting at the museum. +27 015 491 9735

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from R760
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Amatava Lodge

Sleeps 24 Mokopane (Potgietersrus) Self-catering in Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
7.93km from Makapansgat Caves

Amatava Lodge is situated between Polokwane and Mokopane in the Limpopo province, home to several an...

from R590
1 night, 2 adults

Stutterheim Lodge

Sleeps 71 Mokopane (Potgietersrus) Lodge in Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
14.58km from Makapansgat Caves

Stutterheim Lodge is located outside of Mokopane City and offers 28 rooms in different ranges, suiti...

from R680
1 night, 2 adults

Wildthingz Lodge

Sleeps 38 Polokwane (Pietersburg) Self-catering in Polokwane (Pietersburg)
14.85km from Makapansgat Caves

Situated South of Polokwane within a Wildlife Conservancy. We offer Self Catering fully serviced cha...

from R250
1 night, 2 adults

Bendito Ranch

Sleeps 48 Percy Fyfe Nature Reserve Self-catering in Percy Fyfe Nature Reserve
15.19km from Makapansgat Caves

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts, come and experience 60 km of trails ideal for mountain biking, hiki...

from R1320
1 night, 2 adults

Protea Hotel Ranch Resort

Sleeps 334 Polokwane (Pietersburg) Hotel in Polokwane (Pietersburg)
16.71km from Makapansgat Caves

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Ngombe Game Lodge

Sleeps 40 Polokwane (Pietersburg) Safari in Polokwane (Pietersburg)
17.57km from Makapansgat Caves

Ngombe Game Lodge is an exclusive lodge on a game farm in the bushveld of Limpopo. There are various...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Al Thandiwe Safaris

Sleeps 30 Mokopane (Potgietersrus) Lodge in Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
17.94km from Makapansgat Caves

from R840
1 night, 2 adults

Oasis Lodge

Sleeps 144 Mokopane (Potgietersrus) Lodge in Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
17.98km from Makapansgat Caves

Executive style accommodation in the Limpopo Province. Oasis Lodge and Hotel is located in the heart...

from R210
1 night, 2 adults

Koos se Tonteldoos

Sleeps 44 Mokopane (Potgietersrus) Guest House in Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
18.21km from Makapansgat Caves

Koos se Tonteldoos offers comfortable overnight accommodation situated in Mokopane, previously known...

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