The Cradle of Humankind is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and
contains a complex of dolimitic limestone caves, including the
Sterkfontein Caves, where the fossil,
(nicknamed Mrs. Ples) was found in
1947 by Dr Robert Broom and John Robinson. 'Mrs Ples' is estimated
to be between 2.6 and 2.8 million years old and ranks high on the
long list of australopithecine discoveries for which Sterkfontein
is now famous. At present only the Sterkfontein Caves and the
Wonder Cave are open to the public. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is
a stirring, world-class exhibition space, focusing on the
development of humans and our ancestors and evolution over the past
few million years.
Website: www.maropeng.co.za Telephone: 011 956 6342 (S Opening Time: Daily from 9am to 5pm Admission: R115. R190 combination ticket (Maropeng and Sterkfontein
Caves). Concession available.
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