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Golden Sands Lodge

Sleeps 90 in 38 rooms

In search of a place with well-appointed Guest spaces, and facilities that make any occasion special? At Golden Sands Lodge, with its 43...
from R899
per night for 2 guests

Rocky Aloe Lodge

38 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

Rocky Aloe Lodge is set in beautiful gardens, situated in Krugersdorp. This is an eco-friendly lodge on the doorstep of Krugersdorp Game...
from R980
per night for 2 guests

Old House Bed and Breakfast

47 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Old House Bed and Breakfast is a charming establishment which provides its guests with affordable...
from R400
per night for 2 guests

Mamagalie Mountain Lodge

132 Reviews
Sleeps 26 in 6 rooms

In the heart of the magnificent Magaliesberg mountain range lies Mamagalie Mountain Lodge. Head northwest from Johannesburg and after a one...
from R700
per night for 2 guests

Whispering Pines Magaliesburg...

19 Reviews
Sleeps 38 in 14 rooms

Whispering Pines Country Estate is located close to Magaliesburg and situated in a tranquil valley,...
from R1730
per night for 2 guests

Bergvallei Estates

18 Reviews
Sleeps 66 in 19 rooms

Bergvallei Estates offers comfortable accommodation and a beautiful wedding venue. The estate is located near Krugersdorp, just off the...
from R560
per night for 2 guests

Matlapa Lodge

43 Reviews
Sleeps 24 in 9 rooms

Matlapa Lodge is situated in Magaliesburg with the most beautiful natural surroundings on 60 hectares of pure countryside. Enjoy a...
from R700
per night for 2 guests

New Horizons Self-catering Pr...

33 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 2 rooms

New Horizons is a private farm situated 7 km outside Magaliesburg offering a single self-catering...
from R750
per night for 2 guests

Sky Lodge

34 Reviews
Sleeps 52 in 10 rooms

Sky Lodge is a unique stone and thatch getaway in the Hartbeespoort Dam area. The lodge is located on 50 hectares of magnificent...
from R850
per night for 2 guests

Phefumula Country Retreat

38 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Nestled snugly in the mountains, our luxurious, secluded cottages have magnificent views of the crags - ideal for when you want a breather...
from R2000
per night for 2 guests

The Cradle Lodge

77 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 8 rooms

Your gateway to the Cradle of Humankind. Off the R563, nestled on a gentle slope overlooking the Cradle of Humankind, our lodge is just a...
from R850
per night for 2 guests

Swallows Inn Guest House

2 Reviews
Sleeps 28 in 14 rooms

Situated in easy reach of the World Heritage Site, the Cradle of Mankind, this thatched guest house is an ideal getaway from the busy city...
from R980
per night for 2 guests

Riverstone Lodge

5 Reviews
Sleeps 100 in 50 rooms

Riverstone Lodge is a unique and spacious hotel with a warm ambience. It is situated in landscaped gardens with the Crocodile River...
from R1570
per night for 2 guests

Eduzani

1 Review
Sleeps 74 in 37 rooms

This secluded resort is situated outside of Muldersdrift and offers a memorable stay to guests visiting this part of Gauteng. The...
from R580
per night for 2 guests

Oori River Lodge

10 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Oori River Lodge overlooks a scenic stretch of the Crocodile River Valley. The extensive gardens blend into indigenous riverine bush with...
from R900
per night for 2 guests

Magalies Wild Game Farm

48 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 3 rooms

Magaliesburg Wild Game Farm is situated in the old Magaliesburg Nature Reserve and bird life is abundant. Game includes kudu, blesbok,...
from R600
per night for 2 guests

Valley Lodge and Spa

5 Reviews
Sleeps 152 in 76 rooms

Valley Lodge and Spa, an award winning 4-Star hotel nestled in the historic Magaliesburg Valley, is a glorious blend of time-honoured...
from R2590
per night for 2 guests

Na-Na-Be Historic Guest Farm

7 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Relax in the heart of the Magalies Valley and enjoy our country hospitality. Our establishment is...
from R1000
per night for 2 guests

Ekukhuleni Game Farm and Cott...

12 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 4 rooms

Ekukhuleni Game Farm is situated in the foothills of the Magaliesburg mountains, on the Magalies...
from R650
per night for 2 guests

Mount Serene

86 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 2 rooms

Mount Serene provides tranquil self catering units, fully equipped including a private splash pool, braai and indoor fire place. We are...
from R600
per night for 2 guests

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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