University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg | South Africa
1 - 4 July 2019

Group Excursions

On Tuesday, 02 July 2019 there will be a group excursion departing after lunch to The Cradle of Humankind. The Cradle of Humankind is a must-see for all archaeology lovers and anyone curious in the history of mankind

When registering for the conference a choice between visiting the Maropeng Visitor Centre or Sterkfontein Caves can be selected. The rates include transport and entrance fees.

Maropeng Visitor Centre

The Maropeng Visitor Centre is an award-winning, world-class exhibition, focusing on the development of humans and our ancestors over the past few million years.

Take a journey through time, starting with the formation of the planet and moving all the way through the evolutionary processes that culminated in the world as we know it today. See fossils, learn about how humankind was born, view stone tools that are up to one million years old, and much more. This self-guided, interactive tour allows you to take all the time you need to ponder humanity’s fascinating origin story.

Tour Cost

R 365.00 pp


Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterk­fontein Caves are world-famous for their fos­sil finds and are a pop­u­lar vis­i­tor destination.

After an exten­sive facelift in 2005, the Sterk­fontein Caves site is now home to a top restau­rant and con­fer­enc­ing facil­i­ties, offer­ing easy access to the caves with mod­ern walk­ways and a board­walk past the exca­va­tion site where glob­al­ly acclaimed fos­sils have been discovered.

The Sterk­fontein Caves are owned by the Uni­ver­si­ty of the Wit­wa­ter­srand, whose sci­en­tists have been respon­si­ble for the main exca­va­tions at this World Her­itage Site.

They are cred­it­ed with many of the most notable dis­cov­er­ies in the caves, includ­ing the world-famous fos­sils of Mrs Ples and Lit­tle Foot, the lat­ter being an almost com­plete Aus­tralo­p­ithe­cus skele­ton dat­ing back more than three mil­lion years. The tours at the Sterk­fontein Caves, which start above ground and then take vis­i­tors deep into the caves.

Impor­tant: Please wear com­fort­able shoes when going to the caves and leave your hand­bags and oth­er lug­gage behind. There are a num­ber of tight spots and path­ways to nego­ti­ate in the caves and it is not advis­able to do the tour if you are claus­tro­pho­bic. It is also not advis­able for peo­ple who suf­fer from acute asth­ma or chest prob­lems to do the tour as there are a lot of stairs.

Tour Cost

R 410.00 pp


Tuesday, 02 July 2019

Logistics and Conference Organisers

Linda Benwell | Project Director
Jacqui Bonello
 Conference Coordinator
Marcelle Swart
 Registration and Delegate Management

Phone: +27 21 590 7900
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