Sterkfontein Caves

Sterkfontein Caves

Sterkfontein Caves

Situated only an hour away from Johannesburg and Tshwane, the Sterkfontein Caves are the perfect way to spend a day out of the city with the family. Something that is not only fascinating but also educational at the same time. The caves are regarded as the world's richest hominid fossil site, with thousands of discoveries made there since excavation at the location began in the mid 1930's. Sterkfontein itself is a South African National Heritage Site and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. The area in which the caves are found was named the Cradle of Humankind. The archaeological sites of Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and the Wonder Cave are all in the same area.

A large part of this excavation has been carried out by the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) who own the Sterkfontein Caves and scientists from the university. These are the people responsible for major discoveries there, discoveries that have shed light on the mystery of who lived on Earth before modern humans. These discoveries include Mrs Ples, a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull and Little Foot, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton more than three million years old. The Little Foot however remains partially buried in breccia, but it is being patiently exposed by Professor Ron Clarke, a paleoanthropologist from Wits.

Before visitors enter the caves, they are guided through a world-class scientific exhibition centre where they can discover the origins of humankind. Some of the displays in the centre include the different cave formations and geology, early life forms, mammals and hominid fossils such as Mrs Ples, the Taung Child and Little Foot. Visitors can also learn about palaeobotany, which is a branch of palaeontology that deals with the recovery and identification of plant remains from geological contexts, and their use for the biological reconstruction of past environments.

The caves are deep and consist of some narrow pathways. It is advisable that visitors wear comfortable shoes, and leave large handbags or luggage behind. People who suffer from claustrophobia, asthma or chest problems should consider leaving out the cave tour as there are lots of stairs and confined spaces. The tours run every half hour, seven days a week. Unfortunately the caves are not wheelchair-accessible. After each tour of the caves, visitors to Sterkfontein are given the opportunity to stroll along the wooden walkways with views of the Cradle of Humankind, and the excavation site where Wits scientists still work.

After an extensive face-lift in 2005, the Sterkfontein Caves site is now home to a top restaurant, where visitors can enjoy a toasted sandwich, hamburger or light snack, as well as conference facilities.

Accommodation Near Sterkfontein Caves

Apricot Hill Farm

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Muldersdrift

2.6km East of Sterkfontein Caves

High on a hilltop in Honingklip, with stunning views of the rolling foothills of the Witwatersrand, Magaliesberge and brooding Swartkop, Apricot Hill nestles in its own rocky amphitheatre in our first World Heritage Site - the Cradle of Humankind.

Deo Gratia

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Muldersdrift

9.9km East of Sterkfontein Caves

Deo Gratia is a beautiful Guest House nestled in the World renowned Cradle of Mankind. With its tranquil setting it provides the perfect location for a break away from city life. With easy access to all of the tourist attractions and wedding...

Sleeps: 26 in 12 units/rooms

Monchique Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Muldersdrift

13.0km East of Sterkfontein Caves

Monchique Guest House offers four luxurious suites, one being a family suite with an inter-leading room. There is no need to pack the following as they are all provided in each suite: towels, soaps, shampoos, gowns, slippers, manicure sets and shower

Sleeps: 18 in 9 units/rooms

Ruimsig Golf View Manor

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Roodepoort

14.4km East of Sterkfontein Caves

Ruimsig Golf View manor is a four star luxurious thatched guest house and executive conference centre, offering spacious rooms decorated with original and unique furniture. All rooms are air conditioned, have safes, hairdryers, tea/coffee...

Sleeps: 58 in 25 units/rooms

Valverde Country Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Muldersdrift

15.3km North East of Sterkfontein Caves

Valverde is a spacious country estate residence, offering accommodation in 12 luxury rooms. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms and are appointed to ensure your stay will be one to be remembered.

Sleeps: 6

Courtenay's Country Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Randburg

16.8km East of Sterkfontein Caves

Courtenay's Country Cottage is situated on a working farm in Honeydew just North of Johannesburg. This charming log-cabin style cottage (sleeps 6) can be rented as Self-Catering or Bed & Breakfast.

Sleeps: 58 in 20 units/rooms


Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Roodepoort

18.1km East of Sterkfontein Caves

Situated on the hills, overlooking the Helderkruin community, Alvesta is located in a quiet residential area next to the Kloofendal nature reserve. Alvesta Guest house has a variety of 7 double rooms that could easily accommodate from a business man

Matlapa Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Magaliesburg

18.3km West of Sterkfontein Caves

En-suite thatched chalets with old fashioned baths, an outside shower and wooden decks, furnished with antique beds and cupboards complete a romantic picture. A restaurant with a magnificent view provides a three course dinner and a combined ...


Homestay Travel Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Little Falls

18.5km East of Sterkfontein Caves

Homestay Travel Guest House, we offer homely elegance with a soothing atmosphere and comfort of your home.


Homestay B&B Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Little Falls

18.5km East of Sterkfontein Caves

Affordable accommodation with comfortable beds after a stressful day. Secure off-road parking. Tea and coffee station in the rooms. A lite breakfast is included, full breakfast and dinner are optional. Communal braai/baberque area. Meals can be ...