Strange things you might not have known about Sterkfontein

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Most of us have at least once dwelled the dark and alluring chambers of the imposing Sterkfontein caves. If you haven’t explored the cave yet, then you had better do so before you miss out on one of life’s greatest experiences. We all learn so much when on a tour through the caves but we bet there are a few things you didn’t know about Sterkfontein.

Some of the fossils that were found in the caves date back to more than 4 million years and are commonly referred to as representations of the birth of humanity.

You wouldn’t believe that around 40% of all the world’s human ancestor fossils were found in the Cradle.

The caves are known as the oldest and longest ongoing palaeontological dig in the world. It’s been going on for longer than 60 years now.

Over 9 000 stone tools have been found in the caves.

The Cradle of Humankind has become an international tourism hotspot with close to 400 tourism attractions and 91 graded establishments.

The Wonder Cave has a massive chamber with 15-metre-high stalactite formations.

The Sterkfontein valley certainly isn’t limited in its fossil sites. There are over 40 different sites, only 13 of which have been excavated.

Bolt’s Farm, one of the fossil sites, has revealed the remains of three sabre-toothed cats! Pretty Ice-Age if you ask me. Can you see why this is such a fantastic place to take the family?

Speaking of fossils, the fossils of early-dwelling monkeys that lived 1.3 million years ago have been unearthed in Haasgat.

No one can say for sure what they will unearth next but we are certain that the Sterkfontein caves hide many secrets that would take years to uncover. Whether you are a seasoned adventurer or someone who doesn’t like confined spaces, don’t be put off. These caves are wonderfully spacious and meets exceeds everyone’s imaginations. So, book a Citiliner ticket to the City of Gold and come and explore these enigmatic caves for yourself, see what you uncover.

 

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