Maybe you've already visited Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind's award-winning visitor centre, where you've been introduced to the history of humankind. Now you feel like a taste of adventure. Why not go abseiling?

Did you know?

The Wonder Cave's permanent residents include troglobites – blind shrimps that can never leave the cave.

Need an adrenalin rush? Then why not go abseiling at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Wild Cave Adventures has a variety of exciting adventures on offer in the area, from caving and abseiling to rock climbing and hiking.

All caves have their own weather systems depending on wind, air temperature, barometric pressure and water. But mostly (unless you're attempting one of the difficult adventures) you'll stay dry and comfortable.

If you are a beginner then do the Bat's Cave abseil first, a perfect starter excursion with no experience needed. You'll abseil down 17m through the roof of the cave. There is no steep climbing and no traverses, but you will have to crawl on hands and knees for a bit. Everyone aged 8 to 70 is welcome.

If you prefer rockface abseiling then make the Crystal Cave your destination. Crystal Cave is a private cave which allows no other sightseeing tours so you will be pretty much alone during the 34m abseil.

Outside Adventures offers an abseil experience at Wonder Cave. Here, instead of taking the lift down into the cave, you can abseil 18m down from the lift platform and then go on a guided tour of the cave. A visit to the main Wonder Cave is a memorable experience. It has a huge central chamber (accessed by steps and elevator), rimstone pools, stalactites, stalagmites and amazing rock formations, some over 15m high.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Wild Cave Adventures
Tel: +27 (0)11 956 6197

Outside Adventures
Tel: +27 (0)83 264 3778

Wonder Cave
Tel: +27 (0)11 957 0106/9

How to get here

Take the R512 off the N1 highway and turn in the direction of Lanseria Airport. Follow the R512 past the three-way stop at Lanseria and then turn left at the Kromdraai/Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve sign. Follow the road for 15km. The main entrance to the reserve will be on your right.

Around the area

The Cradle of Humankind's Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Rhino & Lion Park Nature Reserve.

Get around

You’ll need your own vehicle to reach the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve. Once there, it's a 10-minute drive up to the Wonder Cave.

What to pack

Closed shoes with a good grip, jeans or comfortable old clothing. In winter a jacket will keep you warm while you wait to enter the caves. Safety helmets, rubber gloves and all abseiling equipment is provided by the tour operator.

Where to stay

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve has a rustic rest camp as well as luxury log cabins for hire. The five-star Forum Homini hotel is also nearby.