Cradle of Humankind

Cradle of Humankind

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The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site consists of around 40 different fossil sites, 13 of which have been excavated. These include Bolt’s Farm, where the remains of three sabre-tooth cats have been found in a pit that trapped animals; Swartkrans, site of the earliest-known deliberate use of fire, around 1.3-million years ago; Haasgat, where the fossils of early forest-dwelling monkeys, around 1.3-million years old, were found; and Gondolin, where 90 000 fossil specimens have been found since 1979.

Maropeng is open all year round, including the forthcoming long weekend, from 09h00 to 17h00 where a pleasant day can be spent going on the underground boat ride, browsing through the Visitor Attraction and enjoying a meal at the Tumulus Restaurant.

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