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Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site


Wits is internationally renowned as the curator of priceless faunal, floral and hominid palaeontological collections including the Taung Skull, Little Foot and the Sediba fossils. It also preserves valuable rock art and important archaeological and geological treasures.

Situated about 50km from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is a remarkable 47 000 hectare destination that tells the story of humanity through the discovery of ancient fossils. It includes Sterkfontein, renowned internationally for the discovery of several important fossils, and Maropeng, an exciting, world-class exhibition centre focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years. A compulsory visit for local and international tourists, scientists and scholars, the Cradle boasts several dozen fossil sites, of which only 14 have been excavated. They are Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, Bolt’s Farm, Wonder Cave, Minnaar’s, Cooper’s B, Plover’s Lake, Drimolen, Gladysvale, Haasgat, Gondolin and Motsetse.

Location: Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site
Tel: +27 14 577 9000
Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00 daily