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The Sterkfontein Caves

Sterkfontein Rd 014-577-9000 www. maropeng.co.za adult R105, child R60

S 26 00.943 E 027 44.071

The Sterkfontein Caves is the location where hominoid fossils were found, helping to shape our understanding of human development. One of the more impressive discoveries at this site was a 1947 fossil find of a 2.3 million-year-old early hominoid fossil named Australopithecus africanusa, affectionately known as Mrs. Ples. There is an exhibition center displaying some of the fossils removed from the caves and a restaurant serving drinks and light meals.

From Johannesburg take the N1 to the M5 and head north about 12 km to the N14. Take the N14 west 15 km to the R563 and head north 1.5 km to Sterkfontein Rd turn right and continue 1 km to the site.

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