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Wonder Cave – Cradle of Humankind – Kromdraai Gauteng

Wonder Cave – Cradle of Humankind – Kromdraai

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Wonder Cave, Cradle of Humankind, Kromdraai

The single-chamber Wonder Cave, deep under the Witwatersrand, is situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, one of the world’s richest hominid fossil sites. The cave, which has been open to the public since 1991, is home to fossils of rodents, frogs, lizards and birds, and beautiful rock formations.

After an initial 90-step descent, visitors take an elevator down to the chamber of the 60m deep cave. Despite damage from lime mining, the 125m-long, 154m-wide natural wonder has spectacular cave formations. Features include rimstone pools, mushroom, straw and popcorn formations, “Madonnas”, cave pearls, and stalactites and stalagmites up to 15m in height, most of which are still growing. The cave has its own colony of bats.

Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

General enquiries

Tel:  +27 (0)11 085 2481

Email: cradle@gauteng.net

website: http://www.gauteng.net/

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