From Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind and Lion Safari

Activity provider: Deeprift Ventours

From Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind and Lion Safari

Activity provider: Deeprift Ventours

From US$ 184.09 per person

Take a full-day tour to the Cradle of Humankind, situated just outside Johannesburg and Pretoria. Visit the Lion Park, the Sterkfontein Caves, and Maropeng.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Afrikaans
Small group
Limited to 13 participants


  • Visit the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Take a 1-hour tour of the Sterkfontein Caves
  • Learn the secrets of human ancestry at the Maropeng Visitor Center
  • Embark on an open-vehicle safari through the Lion Park with a local guide
  • See majestic lions, speedy cheetahs, and wild dogs up close in the Lion Park
Full description

Discover the Cradle of Humankind on this full-day tour from Johannesburg. Explore the Lion and Safari park, go on an underground cave tour, and enjoy Maropeng's interactive exhibits.

Begin your day with a pickup from your Johannesburg hotel. Head to the Lion and Safari Park and see lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, and antelopes up close. Snap photos of these beautiful animals before going on an open-vehicle safari through the lion enclosures with your guide.

Next, enjoy some time to experience the 5 dome shopping center before going to the Cradle of Humankind. Go on a 1-hour tour of the Sterkfontein caves, marvel at the beauty of these magnificent caves, and see where archaeologists discovered hominid fossils.

After your cave tour, enjoy lunch before visiting Maropeng, a world-class interactive exhibition center and museum. Learn about evolution and the discoveries at the Sterkfontein caves before returning to your Johannesburg hotel.

  • Pickup from your hotel or guesthouse in Johannesburg, Sandton, or Pretoria
  • Driver/guide
  • 1-hour open safari
  • 1-hour underground cave tour
  • Visit to Maropeng Exhibition Center
  • Drinks in the vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Extra activities not mentioned in the description
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia

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Important information

Know before you go

  • You should wear closed shoes for walking in the cave.
  • The tour into the cave is not suitable for people with back problems, but they can walk through the museum.
Customer reviews

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5 /5

based on 25 reviews

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We had an amazing time on our tour! Jason was so knowledgeable and ensured that we got the most out of our day. Lion's Park was gorgeous and we were able to safely get up close to lions, cheetahs, and African wild dogs. The Sterkfontein caves were really cool and Jason organized the tour well, so that we followed the caves with Maropeng and got more history/background on the amazing fossils and humanoids that have been found there. We would highly recommend both this tour and Jason!

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April 1, 2023

It was a great opportunity to see a lion cub and visit a fantastic cave. The cradle of humankind is a incredible tour. Everybody must visit this at least once. It's difficult to put words in the emotion that we felt inside that huge cave and imagine our ancestors there. Despite love the experience, we felt awkward after that. Those cubs will never have a regular lion life after been touch by us. Adults lions live in a very restrict area and when they have more animals than that small space can support, they sell them. In summary, the tour was great, Jason, our guide, is also great, but we think we don't want to pet wild animals anymore. They deserve a regular wild life.

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April 1, 2023

It was a beautiful day. Jason was very prompt in picking us up. He informed us of what to expect & was a wonderful driver & guide for us. We were thrilled he encouraged us to visit the lion cubs early...the cubs were very cute & playful. Jason also helped us to visit the cheetahs. If you get a chance, this is a winner of a tour!

April 1, 2023

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