Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind just outside Johannesburg would rise to prominence as one of the world’s most compelling attractions – a definite bucket list attraction.

Some twenty-one years ago I flew out of Lanseria airport over the Cradle en-route to the Okavango Swamps in the company of one Geoffrey Kent. Geoffrey is the founder of the world-famous Abercrombie & Kent – an international luxury safari and destination management company. As we turned  out right we flew over the high altitude dolomitic grasslands of the Cradle of Humankind, I said to him

“Down there is the greatest repository of the fossils of our human ancestors on the planet”.

He, Geoffrey – aka Mr. World Travel, looked at me askance and asked suspiciously

“And why do I not know about it?”. Well that’s a very good question – and one which I will explore in future despatches.

In my early teens, my father would take me to the Sterkfontein Caves as an outing – back when the kiosk and small interpretive centre was run by  volunteers of the Rotary Club of Krugersdorp. Much has changed at Sterkfontein Caves – and now private guided tours to Gladysvale Cave, including the world-famous Malapa dig just launched.

About the Author

By HHGUIDE / Administrator

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on Feb 28, 2017

My name is Howard and I grew up in Johannesburg. I am a Mining Engineer by profession and I love this amazing land we call South Africa – it’s culture, it’s vibrant people, it’s amazing wildlife and especially its unique history as the cradle of humankind.