THE CRADLE NATURE RESERVE

Located in the Cradle of Humankind and surrounded by pristine, game-filled Highveld landscapes, this nature reserve offers guests luxury hotel accommodation and bistro dining experiences like none other. A mere 35 minutes from Fourways, this 7,000-hectare private nature reserve is the ideal getaway for city dwellers, nature lovers and paleo-enthusiasts alike.

HISTORY

The Cradle of Humankind was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, thanks to the many well preserved hominin fossils found in its dolomitic caves and cave remnants. It all started back in 1924 when Prof. Raymond Dart identified a fossil found at the Buxton Limeworks in the Northern Cape. As a homInin, it possessed both apelike and humanlike characteristics. Great scepticism met Dart’s discovery of the Taung Child, as scientists at the time believed humans evolved in south eastern Europe or in Indonesia. This changed in 1936 when Dr. Robert Broom discovered fossils of Australopithecus Africanus at the Sterkfontein Caves. Since then, many more hominin fossils like Mrs. Ples, Little Foot, Sediba and Homo Naledi, have been unearthed in the Cradle. Together, these finds make the Cradle of Humankind the richest source of hominin fossils on the planet! The National Geographic Explorers’ unit has now mapped over a thousand caves in the Cradle, and more finds and announcements are expected in the months and years to come.