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Johannesburg Extension

Cradle of Humankind, Soweto & the Apartheid Museum


Due to airline schedules, many travelers on our Southern Africa trips find themselves on a forced layover in Johannesburg. Make the most of your time on this special extension that explores South Africa’s checkered past, from the hominid remains found in the Cradle of Humankind, one of the world’s richest fossil bearing sites, to the present-day culturally rich township of Soweto and the noted Apartheid Museum, with its exhibits chronicling the story of 20th century apartheid in South Africa.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from the Johannesburg airport to the hotel…meals on your own

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Day 2
Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site located about 30 miles northwest of Johannesburg, is one of the world’s richest collections of sites bearing fossilized hominid remains. In this 181-square-mile area dominated by limestone caves, many famous and important fossils have been discovered over the years, including the 2.3-million year-old Australopithecus africanus, found in 1947, and an entirely new hominid species, Australopithecus sediba, just recently unearthed in April 2010. The partial remains of two different skeletons (one believed to be a boy between the ages of 11 and 13, and the other a female in her late 20s or early 30s) are believed to be on the evolutionary path toward modern humans, a transition between the older ape-like species and the early predecessors of humankind. Your full day excursion includes an exploration of the site and the fascinating, state-of-the-art Visitor Interpretation Centre at Maropeng. Return to Johannesburg for overnight at hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening…BL

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Day 3
Soweto and the Apartheid Museum

Enjoy a guided tour of the culturally rich township of Soweto, located on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Soweto is practically synonymous with the African struggle for freedom, and you will visit many important sites, including Mandela House and Freedom Square. At the Apartheid Museum, with its exhibits chronicling the story of 20th century apartheid, gain insights into this turbulent period in South Africa’s history. At the end of the day, transfer to the airport for flight home or on to your safari...BL


Length: 3 days
Cost From: $1095  
Arrive: Johannesburg, South Africa
Depart: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lodging: 2 nights hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting South Africa.