09 December 2011 by Roy Barford

Sterkfontein Cave adventures

Less than 90 minutes from the metropolis of Johannesburg, you can go 60m underground and experience a cave tour at the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind, near Maropeng.

It’s a 1-hour adventure that gives you the opportunity to learn about stalactites and stalagmites, clamber through narrow spaces, taste limestone (a toothpaste ingredient) and ask as many questions as you like about fossils, rock formation, evolution and anything else.

I recently did this tour with a few colleagues and we had a great time taking photos and bantering with Maropeng, one of the well-informed and humerous guides employed at Sterkfontein Caves. In the picture alongside, George Xafis and I are attempting to be sterk (strong) in Sterkfontein by holding up the entrance to the cave, although Maropeng later explained the scientific reasons why we were in fact safe for many thousands of years to come.

George Xafis and I are attempting to be sterk (strong) in Sterkfontein by holding up the entrance to the cave, although Maropeng later explained the scientific reasons why we were in fact safe for many thousands of years to come.

The tour is suitable for anyone of basic fitness and has been completed by people of all ages, shapes and sizes.

The is also an exhibition area where visitors can go to get information about various famous skulls and skeletons such as the “Taung Child”, “Little Foot” and “Mrs Ples.”

The Sterkfontein Caves tour costs R120 for adults, R70 for children younger than 15 and R80 for pensioners and students. Get more information about Sterkfontein Caves on the Maropeng website.

Maropeng Hotel also boasts excellent 4-star accommodation for those wanting to spend some time in the Cradle of Humankind.

Category: Adventure, Attractions

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