Cradle of Humankind

South Africa - Gauteng (Johannesburg)

An hour outside Johannesburg is an expansive territory of 47 000 hectares, filled with limestone caves and fossil sites, and declared the Cradle of Humankind.

The Cradle, so named, was the earliest area in which evidence of our ape-like ancestors was discovered and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. Through UNESCO, the Cradle is known as the Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa and includes sites within Gauteng and the North West provinces of the country, dating back to 4.5 and 1 million years ago.

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