The Cradle of Humankind
An hour outside of our beloved Johannesburg is an entire world heritage site, not just a world heritage site but what I would consider the most important! as it turns out everyone is South African,
this is the place where human life itself began, the actual cradle of humankind, just as an fyi the cradle of humankind is the greater area not one set place, learnt that the hard way, the main attractions for the greater cradle of humankind area are the museum which is referred to as Maropeng which when I translated loosely via Sepedi means ruins or place of origin, as well as the Sterkfontein caves, both of them literally housing history itself, the story of our cave dwelling forefathers and how they evolved into what we are today was very insightful, currently on exhibition is the story of homo Naledi and a few other hominids who were recently recovered by geologists, if your smart like the rest of us you’ll pay the R190 combo fee that gets you into Maropeng as well as the Sterkfontein caves which is where most of the hominid remains were found,
The Sterkfontein caves are the place where the infamous Mrs Ples was discovered as well as little foot (if you don’t know who they are a. how soon can you get your school fees back?, 2. Don’t worry the museum has all the information you need) unfortunately you won’t get to see exactly where they were found because those places are still under excavation but you will get experience where they have been lost for the past couple millions of years, its spine chilling stuff,
I strongly suggest you take the short drive and check out the past for yourself, definitely a 2017 highlight! Probably one of the best travel choices of this Pedi girl by far, only part that sucked about this whole experience was the sandwich I ordered from the restaurant at the Sterkfontein caves museum, otherwise insanely educational and beautiful views all around, South Africa is truly something special.