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 R900
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Grin Court

Sleeps 28 Superbia Guest House in Superbia
31.33km from Makapansgat Caves

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from R620
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Lodge Of Dreams

Sleeps 22 Entabeni Private Game Reserve Lodge in Entabeni Private Game Reserve
31.88km from Makapansgat Caves

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from R1020
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Protea Hotel Landmark

Sleeps 302 Polokwane (Pietersburg) Hotel in Polokwane (Pietersburg)
32.23km from Makapansgat Caves

from R500
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Shikwaru Lodge

Sleeps 118 Mokopane (Potgietersrus) Lodge in Mokopane (Potgietersrus)
32.28km from Makapansgat Caves

Shikwaru Lodge offers an outdoor experience beyond comparison. A mere two-hour drive from Gauteng, ...

from R220
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Waterberg Wilderness Reserve

Sleeps 16 Waterberg Safari in Waterberg
34.27km from Makapansgat Caves

The Waterberg mountain range is situated in the central Limpopo province of South Africa and is one ...

from R400
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1st Guest House

Sleeps 33 Polokwane (Pietersburg) Guest House in Polokwane (Pietersburg)
36.25km from Makapansgat Caves

1st Guest House offers self-catering accommodation 4 km South of the city centre of Polokwane. The g...

Town Lodge Polokwane

Sleeps 204 Polokwane (Pietersburg) Hotel in Polokwane (Pietersburg)
36.39km from Makapansgat Caves

This Polokwane hotel has 102 rooms and is conveniently situated for business and leisure travellers,...

from R350
1 night, 2 adults

Ngwanesho Guest House - Unit B

Sleeps 18 Lebowakgomo Guest House in Lebowakgomo
36.53km from Makapansgat Caves

Ngwanesho Guest House offers basic accommodation in the heart of Lebowakgomo in Limpopo. Polokwane C...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Bushveld Bungalow

Sleeps 6 Polokwane (Pietersburg) Self-catering in Polokwane (Pietersburg)
36.76km from Makapansgat Caves

NEWLY ESTABLISHED GUEST HOUSE/SELF-CATERING FACILITIES Escape from city life to this spacious family...

from R480
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Masters Guest House

Sleeps 40 Lebowakgomo Guest House in Lebowakgomo
36.94km from Makapansgat Caves

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