About Cradle Boutique Hotel

We invite you to experience the Cradle of Humankind as it reveals stories of the origins of life on our planet billions of years ago and of the evolution of humankind over the last few-million years. Feel the rhythm of life in this unique place, as we take you on a journey into an ancient landscape, making unforgettable memories on your way. You will be moved by this special place. Your origins. Your way.

The Cradle Restaurant


A modern architectural masterpiece in stone, steel and glass, the Restaurant is designed with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors on three sides that literally let the outside in. The long, wide verandah endows diners with a 180° view of the game-filled valley below, and uninterrupted views of the Highveld landscape beyond and above the blue, African sky.

Nature Reserve

Malapa Human Origins 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.

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The Cradle Boutique Hotel & Nature Reserve is open and Covid compliant.