The Cradle of Humankind is of importance to all humans. Taung, Makapansvalley Caves and Sterkfontein caves is the most important hominin locations in South Africa. Around 40% of the worlds human ancestor fossils are found in South Africa. In South Africa there is a total of 10 similar protected sites.
This location is the umbilical cord to all of us – one that stretches back three million years. The way point will take you to a location inside this important UNESCO listed site. The way point is situated on a public road. There are three information boards that will give you more information on the importance of this site. The information board in the centre is the most important one, that you need to focus on in order to log this cache. Here you will find the necessary information and you can decide to explore further by visiting the caves (Sterkfontein) and the exhibition centre (Maropeng). Our recommendation is to do the visits and to plan for a day trip to this area. A visit to this area is worth the money and the time spend. The guides are well trained and valuable information will be exchanged. We leave the choice to explore further in the hands of the cache visitor. We do not want to include too much information on this listing. That will spoil your fun and kill the adventure spirit. The information boards at this cache way point will give you adequate information for further exploration. If you visit Maropeng and Sterkfontein caves on the same day, please ask for a combination ticket for both locations. The combination ticket is the least expensive.
We need to include more information about the location at this way point. There are safe parking areas provided. Traffic calming in the form of speed bumps are installed to make crossing the road easy and safely. Please take care of small children. Be careful when you cross the road – you will notice plenty of bicycles on this road. This way point can be visited by a person in a wheel chair. However, the caves is not wheelchair friendly. The exhibition centre can be visited by wheelchair. There is no entrance fee to visit this cache. To visit and to explore further one will need to pay the necessary fees. Please do not visit this cache after dark. Most of the property in this area is owned by private persons and they do not like any activities after hours. Please do not litter and do not move anything from this site.
We need to say a big thanks to geocaching.com for allowing the publishing of this rare cache type and we hope it brings joy to all cachers. It is a privilege we truly appreciate.
To qualify and in order to log this cache you need to do the following.
1. You are allowed to log your find before sending the answers to the cache owner.
2. On the centre information board three significant dates are mentioned. Please forward me via email the dates published on this centre information board as proof of your visit and that you have read the information boards.
3. Please look at the photo, on the top of this cache listing, that shows you the entrance. You need to do a similar photo and at least your GPS must be included in the picture. Preferably I would love to see the team in the photo but not all cachers feels at ease with their photo on the website and I will respect their wishes. This photo need to be uploaded with your log. Under no circumstances will any photo be allowed of the information boards itself. That will spoil the fun for the next visitor.
4. We will have no choice but to delete your log if the above requirements are not met. The tasks is very easy and the requirement to log this cache is minimal. It should not present any challenges. You have a grace period of 2 weeks to do the necessary answer and the uploading of the picture, starting from your log date. Good luck and please enjoy the visit.
Virtual Rewards 2.0 - 2019/2020
This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between June 4, 2019 and June 4, 2020. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards 2.0 on the Geocaching Blog.