The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is a remarkable 47 000 hectare destination with a rich and fascinating history told to us through the ancient fossils that have been found here. It also has over 400 attractions, including restaurants, art and craft outlets, lodges, wildlife facilities, places of historical interest and spaces for young and old just to have fun.
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site offers a wonderful experience for national and international tourists, a rich source of information for scientists and researchers, opportunities for economic development and job creation, and a chance for all to be part of humanity's history.
Visit the world-famous Sterkfontein Caves and the award-winning Visitor Interpretation Centre at Maropeng. Then discover the attractions of the rest of this incredible destination. Make sure you get a map because there is so much to do that you'll have to come back again and again. Come to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, the home of our ancestors, and discover ancient history, learn about human beginnings, take a journey of discovery and adventure, enjoy yourself. We’ve been waiting for you for 4 million years.
What are you waiting for?
The Cradle of Humankind was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in December 1999. The Gauteng Provincial Government is appointed as the Management Authority for the site and is committed to the protection and development of the area as geo-spatial tourism destination.
The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is located in an economically depressed region of the Gauteng Province characterised by high levels of poverty and unemployment.
The tourism vision is for the area to be conserved and sustainably developed as a premier tourism destination contributing to job creation and economic growth, creating a better life for all who live and work in the area and offering visitors diverse leisure and business opportunities.
To achieve this vision the Gauteng Provincial Government has invested in strategic economic infrastructure in the area to stimulate private sector investment in tourism development in order to promote broad-based black economic empowerment, small medium and micro enterprise development, economic growth and job creation in the area.The Gauteng Provincial Government is committed to conserving the uniqueness and integrity of the site and consults with and involves all interested and affected parties in the management and development of the site.