by Claire Allison on Thursday, 01 January 1970
South Africa is home to eight UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Sites. If you’re looking for inspiration for local travel around South Africa, this list of sites is well worth a visit:
Cradle of Humankind
The only World Heritage Site in Gauteng, the Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng is where the first hominid, Australopithecus, was found in 1924 at Taung in the NorthWest Province by Professor Raymond Dart of the University of the Witwatersrand. This area is one of the most popular and famous tourist attractions in South Africa and is only one hour from Johannesburg. The Cradle of Humankind contains various fossil sites containing traces of human occupation and evolution dating back some 3.3 million years. Take a guided tour through the Sterkfontein caves, see working excavation sites, visit the Maropeng Centre and hear the stories of our early ancestors.
Contact Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng
Tel +27 (0)14 577 9000, www.maropeng.co.za
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