MALAPA FOSSIL TOUR

From Death Traps and Bone Collectors to streams that disappear into vast underground lakes, and rock eating termites with magnesium mandibles. Experience all of this and more on the thrilling Malapa Tour!

The Malapa Tour is an exclusive, private guided tour in open game drive vehicles that affords guests the unique opportunity of experiencing, firsthand, two active fossil digs in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind.

Two world famous sites — Gladysvale and Malapa — are key attractions visited on this tour. They are situated within the John Nash and Malapa Nature Reserves which comprise the core of the UNESCO-designated Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The Malapa Tour is the only private guided tour designated to conduct exclusive fossil tours to these two famous dig sites.

Together the reserves are almost 9000ha in extent and they protect some of the largest and most pristine areas of the high altitude dolomitic grasslands — which are second only to the Cape Floral Kingdom (Fynbos) in terms of floral diversity. This protected area is also home to the leopard, brown hyaena and antelope, like the magnificent eland, blesbok, kudu, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest. Amazingly, all of this is within sight of the second largest urban area on the African continent!

The area is an ancient landscape, a truly ancient geology protecting and slowly revealing the ancient origins of the human race.

TOUR STRUCTURE

Tours are offered Monday to Sunday. Morning and afternoon tours are scheduled to last four hours, which includes an introduction at the Cradle Restaurant. Each open game drive vehicle can seat nine guests. The Malapa Tour can be booked directly on +27 (0)87 353 3910 or on either the Cradle Nature Reserve website or Cradle Restaurant website.

Morning tours commence at the Cradle Restaurant with coffee and an introduction at 08h45. Departure is scheduled at 09h30. Guests return to the restaurant at 12h45. A pre-tour à la carte breakfast and a post-tour à la carte lunch can be booked through the Restaurant.

Afternoon tours commence at the Cradle Restaurant with an introduction at 12h45. Departure is scheduled for 13h30. Guests return to the restaurant at 16h45. A pre-tour à la carte lunch and a post-tour à la carte dinner can be booked through the Restaurant.

TOUR PRICING:
RSA Residents: R1,985 per person for 2 people and children are at R750 (VAT inclusive), up to a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle

RSA Residents: R1,500 per person for 3 people or over and children are at R750 (VAT inclusive), up to a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle

Non-RSA Residents: R1,985 per person and children are at R750 (VAT inclusive), up to a maximum of 6 guests per vehicle.

Private Vehicle: R8,000

GAME DRIVES AND NATURE WALKS

The Cradle Nature Reserve is a 1600ha protected area within which the Cradle Boutique Hotel and the Cradle Restaurant are situated. Game drives can be booked directly on +27 (0)87 353 3910 or on either the Cradle Nature Reserve website or the Cradle Restaurant website.

GAME DRIVES

Morning and afternoon game drives are offered. The game drives last approximately two hours and include the wooded valleys and the high grassland sections of the Reserve. Your driver/guide will point out the typical Highveld species of antelope and birds you may come across. This protected area is home to the leopard, brown hyaena and antelope, like the magnificent eland, blesbok, blue wildebeest, kudu and waterbuck. Your guide will also point out the typical Highveld trees and shrubs, and the diverse, high altitude dolomitic grasslands.

GAME DRIVE STRUCTURE:
Tours will be offered Monday to Sunday and depart from the Cradle Boutique Hotel Restaurant. Each open game drive vehicle can seat up to 9 guests. Morning and afternoon tours (upon reservation only) are scheduled to last approximately two hours, which includes an introduction at the Cradle Boutique Hotel Restaurant.

GAME DRIVE PRICING:
RSA Residents: Minimum of 4 guests; R350 per person for 2-4 guests; R325 per person for 5-10 guests
Non-RSA Residents: Minimum of 4 guests; R350 per person for 2-4 guests; R325 per person for 5-10 guests
Private Vehicle: R2,000

GUIDED WALKS

Walks will be offered by prior arrangement from Monday to Sunday. They depart from the Cradle Boutique Hotel Restaurant and proceed through beautiful wooded valleys and open grasslands. Morning and afternoon walks are scheduled to last approximately two hours, which include an introduction at the Cradle Boutique Hotel and Restaurant.

GUIDED WALK PRICING:
RSA Residents: Minimum of 2 guests; R350 per person for 2-4 guests; R300 per person for 5-8 guests
Non-RSA Residents: Base cost of R850, thereafter R100 per person for up to a maximum of 8 guests per tour

PLEASE NOTE: Bookings by prior arrangement only.

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Contact information

Activities Reservations:
reservations@thecradle.co.za
+27 (0)87 353 9599