The Wonderwerk Cave
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The Wonderwerk Cave was inhabited by Man as far back as two million years ago.
Two million year-old stone tools excavated in 2008 at Wonderwerk Cave (Afrikaans for Miracle Cave) provide the earliest evidence of intentional occupation by our cave-dwelling ancestors. This is just the latest in a string of discoveries in this massive grotto that has revealed so much about human evolution.
Situated in the Kuruman Hills between Danielskuil and Kuruman in the Northern Cape, this South African historical cave is so large that local legend has it that a fully in-spanned ox-wagon could be turned in its entrance.
This made it ideal as shelter for numerous creatures, including hominids and Homo sapiens. - the Wonderwerk Cave is among the oldest inhabited caves on Earth, containing a wealth of information.
The Northern Cape is a harsh environment, dry and stark. But it was not always so. Well-preserved specimens of flora found in the cave show ice ages and times when the surroundings were warmer and wetter. It was a landscape that sustained a great variety of wildlife, much of it now extinct.
Various tools from the early, middle and later Stone Ages reveal that this Northern Cape historical cave was once one of the most technologically advanced places in the world. Other evidence shows how hunter-gatherer lifestyles evolved. The finger paintings of animals such as eland and elephant on the cave walls go back as far as 1500 years.
The Wonderwerk Cave and surroundings were ceded to the McGregor Museum in Kimberley and declared a National Heritage Site. This prehistoric cave is open to the public with certain areas cordoned off for research and conservation purposes. There are wheelchair-friendly cave walkways for visitors as well as an information and exhibition centre.
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Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0) 53 839 2700. For tour bookings call +27 (0) 53 839 2717.