Cradle of Humankind Tour with a Lion Safari

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Cradle of Humankind Tour with a Lion Safari
from USD $177.95
Visit the world-renowned Cradle of Humankind. You will experience the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng exhibition centre on this 8-hour adventure. Spend an hour on a guided tour in the underground Sterkfontein caves. This is the site where Mrs Ples a 2.3 Million year old hominid was discovered. Also the site for Little Foot! Learn about local history as you discover why the UNESCO-listed Maropeng is called the Cradle of Humankind. On this tour you also get to experience a Lion Safari and local wildlife from the back of an open truck.
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In Brief

Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa
10 hours
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Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sterkfontein Caves Rd. Kromdraai Road Off the R563, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site South Africa

Experience a one hour underground cave tour with highly knowledgeable and qualified guides. This is also where Little foot and Mrs Ples was discovered!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Maropeng Visitor Centre, R400 off R563 Hekpoort Road Sterkfontein, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 1911 South Africa

Visit the Maropeng Exhibition centre with its underground boat ride.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Cradle of Humankind, Krugersdorp North South Africa

Visit the Maropeng exhibition centre within the Cradle of Humankind. This centre will showcase the four elements necessary to sustain life: Earth, Fire, Wind and Water as well as the journey of evolution.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Lion & Safari Park, R512 Pelindaba Rd, Hartbeespoort, Broederstroom, 0240, South Africa

One hour open safari through Nature reserve

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport from your location
  • Entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Sterkfontein Cave
  • Entry/Admission - Maropeng Visitor Centre
  • Entry/Admission - The Cradle of Humankind
  • Entry/Admission - Lion & Safari Park


  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Other souvenirs (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All hotels and accommodation. We pick up anywhere from your hotel or guest house in Sandton, Rosebank, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Please specify your hotel address. Also pick up from air b&b and private locations.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems or people who suffer from claustrophobia.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on the last 16 recent reviews

We recommend this tour for anyone who didn't get to see animals in the wild and especially for those who are interested in early man. The caves were really neat and the museum was very impressive. It even has a water ride in it. Jason was an excellent guide who provided lots of interesting insights without being over the top with information. It was well worth the time and money.
• Submitted 17 Sep 2018
We had an excellent time on this tour with Jason. We were lucky that there were only the two of us booked that day, so we got our own private tour. The best part was the visit to the lion park, in fact the highlight of our trip was getting to spend time with the cutest lion cubs. This was a great tour and I would highly recommend it. Thanks Jason!
• Submitted 11 Jul 2018
First Class tour Our tour was the one with Lion park. Lion park was fun, but one of the little lion cubs was a bit too playful -watch those claws! Stroking the Chetah was awesome. Very interesting exhibits at the Cradle of Mankind, cave also interesting tho' not the most beautiful. Our tour included a quality lunch in a beautiful setting. A great day out, all in the company of our excellent guide Jason who gave us additional info. and insights into South Africa.
• Submitted 10 Nov 2017
It was a great day and a good overview of the area north of Johannesburg. We loved the baby lions and the cheetah experience! The Sterkfontein cave and the fabulous museum along with a delicious lunch with a view.
• Submitted 03 Nov 2017
This tour was everything we wanted and more. The museums were amazing and well documented, and the wildlife part was exceptional. I never thought I'd pet a cheetah and hear him purr. We bought some things in the gift shop, nice souvenirs of the trip.
• Submitted 02 Aug 2017
Jason, a guide from Deeprift Ventures ran this tour for me. He was very knowledgeable about South Africa and talked about many interesting facts as we drove to the tour. He also knew the best times to visit each location so the crowds were minimal. On the way we stopped at a lion park where we went into an area with lion cubs and were able to interact directly with them. This was one of the highlights of my trip. Truly amazing animals. We had a full tour of the lions, wild dogs, and other animals at the park. After that we went on to the Cradle of Humankind. Jason provided very interesting information about the area and what it represented. The Cradle of Humankind included a walk through a large cave along with a tour of exscavations currently underway. It was an amazing day. I would highly recommend this tour particularly with Jason.
• Submitted 23 Jun 2017
This is a must if in Johannesburg! Fantastic tour. You get to see so much! It is an all day tour and they pack a whole lots of things into that time frame.
• Submitted 16 Jun 2017
Excellent, great tour guide
• Submitted 20 Nov 2016
Our driver/guide, Jason Pollard, was punctual. He is a defensive driver, knowledgeable as to the African history and culture. He assisted us in all the places we've been to. My husband and I were so delighted to see different animals. The cave was amazing, the guide explained every details inside the cave. The museum in the man made mountain was one of a kind. I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 18 Nov 2016
Superb tour guide and amazing experience
• Submitted 24 Oct 2016
Our tour of the Cradle of Humankind was better than we expected. We had a full day of exploring the area including a Lion Park, the Sterkfontein Cave and Maropeng. We learned a lot about South Africa, early man and got to take a tour of the caves. Our guide was wonderful and had everything planned out perfectly. We just had to be ready to explore. I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 03 Aug 2016
This was a very good tour, we included a trip to the lion park with it. Our tour guide Jason was great and was able to answer any questions we had. We were able to travel in comfort and lunch was excellent. The museums were good and the lion park was awesome.
• Submitted 01 Jun 2016
Very informative tour of the Cradle of Humankind with the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng. The Safari and Lion park was nice, but a bit touristy.
• Submitted 28 Mar 2018
Skip the lion park...the Ann Van Vyk Cheetah Research Center is much much better though you don't get to pet a lion cub. The Cradle of Humankind is a must see, but make sure you are limber enough to take the cave tour.
• Submitted 21 Sep 2017
My husband, daughter and I had a great day with our tour guide Jason. All 3 locations we visited were amazing. The Lion park was such a treat. Petting a live cheetah and lion cubs was so exciting. The tour into the caves at the Cradle of Humankind was humbling and an eye opener as to what anthropologists face in their studies. The Maropeng Visitors centre was well worth visiting as well if only for the architectural achievement. Well researched and insightful displays. Very child friendly too. Jason was an excellent driver, informative but not overly chatty. His timing was impeccable!
• Submitted 01 May 2017
That tour was really informative and tells you about the evolution of the early hominids and gives one an opportunity to experience the place where important fossils were found.
• Submitted 25 Oct 2016

In Brief

Johannesburg, South Africa
South Africa
10 hours
See Availability