Sterkfontein CavesCurrently Closed
- Address: Kromdraai Road, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 50 ZAR
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Cave, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Archaeological Site
Sterkfontein Caves - Review
The Caves of Sterkfontein are naturally formed of limestone and are of great interest to archaeologists; preshistoric remains of Australopithecus and Homo sapiens have been found here. It is renowned as a World Heritage Site.
The early excavations date back to the 1930s which yielded the discovery of the skull and other remains of an Australopithecus member. The World War II caused a long interruption in the work of the findings, resumed when the remains of a Plesianthropus were discovered. In the late 90s, the foot bones of an Australopithecus were discovered, which led on to the large subsequent excavations of about 500 early human remains, scientifically known as the hominids, cementing the Cave’s reputation as one of the richest archeological sites in the world.
Sterkfontein Caves Information
- The Caves have been facilitated for the public viewing near the entrance to the Silberberg Grotto, and the underground lake situated in the caves.
How To reach Sterkfontein Caves by Public Transport
- Sterkfontein Caves Road
Restaurants Near Sterkfontein Caves
- Roots Restaurant
- Rabbit Hole Lounge
- Tres Jolie
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Things to Know Before Visiting Sterkfontein Caves
40.94% of people who visit Johannesburg include Sterkfontein Caves in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
69.92% of people start their Sterkfontein Caves visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Sterkfontein Caves
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sterkfontein Caves
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Sterkfontein Caves, Johannesburg Reviews
No need to waste your time here. We are enthusiasts of human origins, but there is little here to excite the fancy, either about human origins or of natural history. The cave is has been well excavated by the limestone miners, so it’s natural state has been pretty much lost. There are few if any interesting human origins sites inside the cave to excite your wonderment. Give it a pass.
Amazing place. The guides give great information. The cave is a nice cool temperature. A nice change from the outdoor heat. Wear flat shoes and old jeans cos you will be required to crawl through some places... (I am sure I posted pix...where are they?)
The tour was disappointing, the guide moved so quickly that there wasn't really any time to even take in the beauty. We went on a quiet day in order to not be rushed yet we still were. The restaurant/cafe was below average, the food came cold and they were out of stock of a lot of things. Besides that the caves were beautiful and the long walk back to the center gives for beautiful views.
Very special experience with an excellent visit to the natural caves and through the gardens to get there. Quite an experience and beautiful place. I liked the figure of Mary you see on the rock which is quite incredible and impressive. Informative and friendly and helpful guides too. Then from there to the museum Cradle of Human Kind, also very good and interesting. JGT
Awesome Caves -my tour leader Fanyana ( amazing guy that brings humour to his guided tour ) explained that the Caves are Dolomite . 129 steps at the entrance and 229 back up. It’s a constant 18 deg in the cave all year round. The lake is approximately 60 meters below the surface. The famous Mrs Ples ( skull ) was found here It’s a must see NB - you need to be fairly fit to navigate the stairs , narrow areas and confined passages ( basically on your knees ) to pass them