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.

Rooms At The Cradle

All rooms have private viewing decks— which offer you the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular African landscape — and are fitted with air-con, en-suite bathrooms, plasma TV with DSTV, laptop safes, mini-bar fridges, hairdryers, complimentary guest amenities, tea and coffee making facilities. and free Wi-Fi.


This boutique hotel also boasts a 220-seater restaurant and conference venues with unparalleled views of the majestic Highveld — an ideal wedding venue! Hotel guests can look forward to being treated to on-site private guided safaris, officiated by specialist guides, to two major fossil exploration sites — Gladysvale and Malapa — in partnership with world-renowned paleo-anthropologist, Prof. Lee Berger. Guided game drives and game walks can be arranged. Please book in advance to secure a spot for this “bucket list” experience. The Cradle Restaurant is architecturally magnificent with extensive outdoor seating and retractable glass and steel doors that literally let the outside in! Its long, wide verandah provides diners with a 180° view of the game-filled valley below, the rolling Magaliesberg hills, and the vast African sky. A well-stocked wine cellar and bar, plus private dining rooms, complete the facility.


The Restaurant is made for long, lazy lunches, drinks, and dinners at the end of the work week. Guests are also able to take a splendid picnic lunch away in a basket (complete with an ice bucket to keep your drinks cold!) and relax on a grassy patch in the shade of the white stinkwood trees next to the Motsetse stream.

Our Social Responsibility

The Cradle Nature Reserve is wholly owned by a trust that supports conservation and education, focusing on preserving and protecting the cultural, paleoanthropological and natural heritage of this significant part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The net income earned from the Cradle Boutique Hotel and Nature Reserve are reinvested into conservation and education.


The hotel and reserve support and help to fund the African Digital Education Trust, a not-for-profit trust which manages a computer based after-school English literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programme, as well as National Geographic Society’s “Umsuka” education programme for those working in the Cradle to promote their awareness of and appreciation for the unique importance of preserving the Cradle of Humankind for future generations.


Learn more at https://www.africandet.org

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