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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

Rocky Aloe Lodge

39 Reviews
Sleeps 14 in 6 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

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

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

Sky Lodge

34 Reviews
Sleeps 50 in 11 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

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 Manor

34 Reviews
Sleeps 76 in 32 rooms

In a valley nestled in the Magaliesberg mountain range lies an elegant and gracious country retreat, just 45 minutes from Johannesburg. ...
from R1640
per night for 2 guests

Hartley Manor Guest House

27 Reviews
Sleeps 18 in 7 rooms

Set in the beautiful Muldersdrift area, Hartley Manor offers both self catering cottages and B&B Units. Only 15 minutes from Lanseria,...
from R600
per night for 2 guests

Riverbend Self-catering Cotta...

20 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Nestled in the outskirts of the Magaliesburg Mountains and surrounded by indigenous bushveld, the...
from R850
per night for 2 guests

Monchique Guest House and Con...

5 Reviews
Sleeps 30 in 13 rooms

Monchique Boutique Guest House is a luxurious 4 star award winning country retreat that offers...
from R1100
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

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

Bernally's Fishing Lodge

25 Reviews
Sleeps 50 in 22 rooms

Bernally's Fishing Lodge is a peaceful getaway situated in the heart of the Magaliesburg. The lodge has self-catering units that overlooks...
from R50
per night for 2 guests

Houtbosdorp

42 Reviews
Sleeps 31 in 8 rooms

Houtbosdorp is a rustic bush lodge located on a hill with beautiful mountain surroundings and magnificent birdlife, just 1 km from the...
from R200
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

Blue Roan Country Lodge

82 Reviews
Sleeps 16 in 7 rooms

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...
from R1100
per night for 2 guests

Sterkfontein Heritage Lodge

18 Reviews
Sleeps 22 in 11 rooms

The Sterkfontein Heritage Lodge is situated at the top of the beautiful King’s Kloof in Rant en...
from R650
per night for 2 guests

The Elements

14 Reviews
Sleeps 3 in 1 room

The Elements is a rustic house set in the Magaliesberg Mountains on an established small-holding that has been drawing power from the...
from R900
per night for 2 guests

Magaliesberg Mountain Lodge

4 Reviews
Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Magaliesberg Mountain Lodge is a large three bedroom thatched lodge tucked away up, high in the...
from R1500
per night for 2 guests

Aviators Retreat

4 Reviews
Sleeps 24 in 9 rooms

Aviators Retreat offers guests fully furnished self-catering accommodation, resulting in an ideal overnight stay that will leave you...
from R700
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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