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The Cradle of Humankind with Carnivore Restaurant

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Key Highlights
  • Visit the World Heritage Site of Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng
  • The oldest human fossils were found at the world-famous Sterkfontein Caves
  • Experience a thrilling boat ride on an underground lake
  • Enjoy a unique gastronomical experience in the acclaimed Carnivore Restaurant
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    7 hours

    Start time

    8:00am & 1:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Johannesburg.
    (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in Johannesburg

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Maropeng, situated in Gauteng province, is a world-acclaimed tourist destination and an area of spectacular beauty. A visit to the state-of-the-art Maropeng Museum, spread over a 47,000 hectare valley, takes you on an incredible journey back in time, literally millions of years in evolution.

    The Sterkfontein Caves nearby are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the area is called the Cradle of Humankind because it is believed to be the place where man originated millions of years ago. Among the stunning discoveries made at these Caves are the oldest human fossil and a skull of a pre-historic female, which anthropologists have dubbed Mrs Ples.

    Your tour ends with dinner at the Carnivore Restaurant offering an array of charcoal-grilled delicacies like crocodile, giraffe, kudu, ostrich and Blue Wildebeest among others, roasted on converted Masai tribal spears in a large open fire.

    Feast on an unconventional meal after discovering how early man lived millions of years ago.


    You will be picked up from your hotel and taken in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle for a sightseeing tour of Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, including the world-famous Sterfontein Caves. A professional English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

    Arrive at the Maropeng Museum.

    Upon arrival, a huge ancient burial mound (the Tumulus) comes into sight and from there on it’s one thrilling experience after another as the secret to man's ancestry is revealed.

    The main attraction of this museum is the boat ride on its underground lake. It takes you through a sensory immersion of the four elemental forces of nature: earth, fire, water and ice. After having sailed past icebergs, volcanoes and braved curtains of water, molten lava, sheets of lightning and fire walls, you land on the other side, billions of years back, to the very birth of this planet - in time for an expedition of discovery.

    The boat ride ends at the 2500sqm of underground exhibition space that brings the history of humankind alive by way of exciting exhibits that are entertaining, educational and interactive. See the original fossil display here.

    Continue to the Sterkfontein Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just 10 kilometres away from Maropeng. The tour of the cave lasts just under an hour. It involves negotiating narrow passages and ducking sharp rock formations. There is an underground lake in the cave inhabited by shrimps.

    Finally, end your tour with a unique dining experience at the acclaimed Carnivore Restaurant, that flanks the Museum along with a curio shop. The menu is a departure from the ordinary and offers exotic fares like crocodile, giraffe, kudu, ostrich and Blue Wildebeest among others are on the menu.

    At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle
    • Expert English-speaking guide
    • Boat ride in the underground lake in Maropeng Museum
    • Guided tour of Sterkfontein Caves
    • Lunch/Dinner at the Carnivore restaurant
    • Entrance fees to all areas as stipulated in the program
    • Entrance fees to areas not included in the tour program
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details between office hours 08:00am - 5:00pm. If you cannot do that and are in flight you can confirm via email a few days before the time.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    Public liability and passenger liability - R 50 Million

  • Customer Reviews
    • Solid tour

      The tour provided by James of Gold & Game was solid. A good drive between locations, and both the Cradle of Mankind and the Carnivores restaurant were great. James is a good man...

      Garrett Jordan, United States, 28/Aug/2016
    • Great Meats with Friendly Service Staff

      I love the way meats were served. Great spinach soup & salad tray. Great restaurant decor....

      Anthea Goh, Singapore, 03/Mar/2014
    • We loved the tour!

      We loved the tour! Yes! Isango was the only on-line tour provider that had the specific tour (type and length) we were looking for, and the price was outstanding compared to some...

      Amy P Kaminski, United States, 03/Nov/2008

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