What you will be doing

Embark on a fascinating journey to the beginning of mankind, exploring the emergence of early life, human evolution and our present course as we forge our way into the future. The Cradle of Humankind is one of South Africa’s 8 World Heritage Sites.

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Australopithecus Africanus

The Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind is widely recognized as the place from which all of humankind originated. Here you will see some of the oldest hominid (ape-man) fossils ever found, dating back as far as 3.5 million years ago. You will witness the best evidence of the complex journey that our species has taken to make us what we are. It is not only a site of ongoing scientific discovery into our origins, but also a place to reflect upon who we are, where we came from and where we are headed.

What activities are included

This half-day expedition includes lunch, transfers to and from Seasons Sport & Spa, and entrance fees to the Maropeng Exhibition Center and the Sterkfontein Caves.

Pedro with GTD Vehicles


Your half-day Cradle of Humankind tour includes transfers to and from Seasons Sport & Spa to the Maropeng Exhibition Center and the Sterkfontein Caves. Lunch is served at Tanglewood Terrace back at Seasons Sport & Spa.



Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area. The official visitor center of The Cradle of Mankind, Maropeng is housed in a massive burial mound and contains hundreds of highly interactive, educational and  entertaining exhibits, and a boat ride on an underground lake.

Underground Lake at Sterkfontein Caves

Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterkfontein Caves are among the world’s most significant palaeanthropological sites.  You will walk through the stunning limestone formations where hundreds of skull, jaw, teeth and skeletal fossils of early hominids reside, along with thousands of stone tools, which include some of the earliest manifestations of human culture on earth.


Your Cradle-of-Humankind tour includes lunch, and you will savor a memorable meal at Tanglewood Terrace. Noted for its fresh, flavorful fare, it is located on-property at Seasons Sport & Spa. 

Tanglewood Terrace

Tanglewood Terrace

The signature restaurant of Seasons Sport & Spa, Tanglewood Terrace is known for its exceptional standards. From delectable all-day breakfast selections to premium aged steaks and garden-fresh salads, the food – as well as the service – is always outstanding.