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I'm Margaret, a female traveller from Nigeria, and welcome to my personal blog , TheAjalaBug.com.

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The Cradle of Humankind | Travel South Africa

The Cradle of Humankind | Travel South Africa

The Cradle of Humankind is one of the most educative and interesting places I have visited in Johannesburg, South Africa. I recommend this place to anyone who is keen on travelling and learning. It is worth the road trip from Sandton city and every penny spent.

For a long time I desired a visit to The Cradle of Humankind heritage centre but never got the opportunity as my visit to Johannesburg is always short. I had read so much about the place that the taste to explore grew on me. With a brief visit to Johannesburg, I had to squeeze in an hour road trip from the city centre of Sandton to The Cradle of Humankind.  Quickly, I called up a colleague & good friend who is resident in Sandton and she was excited to go on a road trip with me. Yayyyyyyyy!. 

We drove for about an hour and arrived at our destination. We paid 190 rand or so and joined others for the tour of Sterkfontein cave. Lest I forget, The Cradle of Humankind offers all sorts of activities, including

  1. Safaris

  2. Caves

  3. Hot air ballooning

  4. Shooting

  5. Zip lining

Our tour started with exploring the museum. There are displays of exhibits depicting the origin of man and these were illustrated with technology as well, in an interactive way. The main message was that man evolved through evolution. A little bit disappointing that the creation viewpoint is completely ignored.

 Cradle of Humankind South Africa

Cradle of Humankind South Africa

 Cradle of Humankind South Africa

Cradle of Humankind South Africa

 Cradle of Humankind South Africa

Cradle of Humankind South Africa

 Cradle of Humankind South Africa

Cradle of Humankind South Africa

 Cradle of Humankind South Africa

Cradle of Humankind South Africa

 Cradle of Humankind South Africa

Cradle of Humankind South Africa

After learning at the museum, we proceeded to the cave with the tour guide who was in high spirit and very jovial. It was encouraging to see a large number of people excited about the education of ancestral beginnings. This is definitely off the tourist beaten path.

The cave was so ancient and perhaps the first humanoid remains were discovered there. The cave is active and rich in calcium which takes 100S of years to form. So much history in this place that I have seen and heard far more than I am about to share here.

We were transported through very deep historical past. Most of the fossils discovered in the cave probably died above but fell into the cave. *dead traps*

I can't seem to recommend this place enough, everything was thought provoking, interesting & engaging. This is what I call travelling with a purpose, education.

 Sterkfontein cave South Africa

Sterkfontein cave South Africa

 Sterkfontein cave | The Ajala Bug

Sterkfontein cave | The Ajala Bug

An ancient time predicting device

 Margaret and Fari

Margaret and Fari

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

The temperature stays at 18 degrees all the time so it’s not cold. It’s not all that bright inside so your smart phone may not take the best photos, but I would recommend doing it. 

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Margaret and the tour guide

Margaret and the tour guide

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

 Sterkfontein cave

Sterkfontein cave

After the tour of the cave, we stopped by the Marapo stones and bones fossil casting which sales fossil cast. No we had no intentions of buying any. lol. It was established in 2013 by The Cradle of Humankind management in collaboration with University of the Witwatersrand

 Marapo stones and bones

Marapo stones and bones

 Marapo stones and bones

Marapo stones and bones

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The Ajala Bug

After the tour we had lunch at the Restaurant in the premises and it came with an amazing view

Final thoughts on travel South Africa

I have seen many Nigerians visit Johannesburg without visiting The Cradle of Humankind. I was only able to visit 5% of the entire place which was the Sterkfontein cave and I can't wait to return to explore the entirety of the place. It was informative, interactive and fun!. The place comes highly recommended without a blink.

Good thing, there are restaurants and hotels around the place. So you have the opportunity to relax with the views of the lush valleys.

Travel tips

The walk around the cave is not strenuous but ensure that you visit in Jeans & trainers as the ground is uneven & there are areas where you might have to crawl. Also, ensure you carry a touch light so your pictures can pop!. 

Thanks always for reading. We would love to hear from you in the comment section. Let us know if you have explored Johannesburg and if you would love to go on this type of adventure.

Margaret.

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