Death Traps and Bone Collectors and streams that disappear into vast underground lakes …. Plus, rock eating termites with magnesium mandibles! All this and more on a Malapa Tour.
The Malapa Tour is an exclusive private guided tour in an open game drive vehicle that affords guests the unique opportunity of experiencing first hand two famous fossil dig sites in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind. Two world famous fossil sites – Gladysvale and Malapa – are the key attractions visited on this tour. They are situated within the Nash Nature Reserves which comprise the core of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The Malapa Tour is the only private guided tour designated to conduct fossil tours to these two fossil sites. Together the reserves are almost 9000 hectares in extent and they protect some of the largest and most pristine areas of the remaining high altitude dolomitic grasslands which are second only to the Cape Floral Kingdom (Fynbos) in terms of floral diversity. The reserve is home to leopard and brown hyena and antelope such as the magnificent eland, blesbok, kudu, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest amongst other species. Amazingly, all this within sight of the second largest urban area on the African continent.
The area is an ancient landscape – truly ancient geology protecting and slowly revealing the ancient origins of the human race.
FOSSIL TOURS STRUCTURE
Tours will be offered from Monday to Sunday. Morning and afternoon tours are scheduled to last four hours,
including the introduction at the Cradle Boutique Hotel Restaurant. Each open game drive vehicle can seat six guests.
(Up to nine guests can be accommodated per vehicle for a block booking) . This private, guided fossil tour is a unique“bucket list” experience to active fossil digs.
Morning tours commence at the Cradle Boutique Hotel Restaurant with coffee and an introduction at 08h45.
Departure is scheduled at 09h30. Guests return to the restaurant at 12h45. A pre-tour a-la-carte breakfast and/ora
post tour a-la-carte lunch can be booked through the Cradle Restaurant
Afternoon tours commence at the Cradle Boutique Hotel Restaurant with an introduction at 12h45. Departure is
scheduled for 13h30. Guests return to the restaurant at 16h45. A pre-tour a-la-carte lunch and/or a post tour a-la-
carte dinner can be booked through the Hotel.
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.
Foreign guests: 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 1680ha protected area within which the Cradle Boutique Hotel and the Cradle
Restaurant are situated. This protected area is home to leopard, brown hyena and antelope like the magnificent
eland, blesbok, blue wildebeest, kudu, giraffe and waterbuck.
Morning and afternoon game drives are offered upon reservation. The game drives last approximately two hours andinclude the wooded valleys and the diverse high altitude dolomitic grasslands of the reserve.
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 nine guests. Morning and afternoon tours are scheduled to last approximately two hours uponreservation only. Including an introduction at the Cradle Boutique Hotel Restaurant.
GAME DRIVE PRICING:
RSA – Residents: Minimum 4 guests: R350pp for 2 – 4 guests, R325pp for 5 – 10 guests
Foreign guests: Minimum 4 guests R350pp for 2 – 4 guests, R325pp for 5 – 10 guests
Private vehicle: R2000
Walks will be offered by prior arrangement from Monday to Sunday and depart from the Cradle Boutique Hotel
Restaurant. The walks will start from the Cradle Restaurant and will proceed through beautiful wooded valleys and
open grasslands. Morning and afternoon walks are scheduled to last approximately 2 hours, including the
introduction at the Cradle Boutique Hotel and Restaurant.
GUIDED WALK PRICING:
RSA – Residents: Minimum 2 guests, R350pp for 2 – 4 guests, R300pp for 5 – 8 guests
Non-residents: Base Cost R850, thereafter R100pp up to a maximum of 8 guests per tour.
Note: Bookings by prior arrangement only