The Cradle of Humankind

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Outside the Museum

We packed Dulios car with 7 people and went to the Cradle of Humankind, another World Heritage Site.  It took about an hour by car.  It costs 175 Rand for the tour, which consists of two parts.  The first is a guided tour of Sterkfontein, which is a cave that contains the worlds richest hominid sites.  The cave contains an almost complete skeleton of Australopithicus, and the worlds earliest stone tools.  So far, a total of 500 fossils have been found.  Mrs Pleus, hangs out in the cave, and is approximately 2.6 million years old.  Also, there is a lake in the cave, where one diver died trying to figure out the depth.  Ultimateley this tour was a bit of a letdown, mainly because you don't get to see Little Foot's fossi, which is the star attraction of the cave.

Some sort of time telling device. I use my phone to tell the time
  You only get to see a measely antelope bone.  While it was cool to walk through that expansive cave, it was a bit overpriced, especially when you find out the current look of the cave is purely man made.

Maropeng Interactive Museum can be grouped together with the cave tour.  The tour describes the evolution of the earth, then evolution of animals, and then finally humans.  As I learned here, the most famous hominid fossil, Little Foot, did not live in the cave we went through, but fell into the cave and died there.  He was not discovered until 1994, when an archealogist found his bones in a box that was being processed.  The archealogist then went into the cave and found the rest two days later.  Little Foot is still being excavated today.
The Scot giving it a go.
  A fun fact, Tokyo has the highest population at 35 million.  This was definitely a cool, super informative museum.  Touring the museum could take hours if you looked at everything.

We left the museum to head into Johannesburg in Dulio's moto.  We spent several hours lost and semi-lost.  We finally parked the car and went into the fan fest which was empty.  So we decided to head over to Nelson Mandela Park.  It is located in Sandton City.  ESPN is based there, and usually the square has a big screen tele set up, but since there were too many pick-pocketers, they shut it down. Instead we hung out in one of the bars in Nelson Mandela Park and watched Spain defeat honduras 2-0.

Vikram says:
That's how most of the tours are these days I'm afraid - expensive and even though they claim to be natural, the man-made portion of it creeps into conversations soon enough!
Posted on: Jan 29, 2016
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Outside the Museum
Outside the Museum
Some sort of time telling device. …
Some sort of time telling device.…
The Scot giving it a go.
The Scot giving it a go.
The Dragon made it into the cave.
The Dragon made it into the cave.
This is where little foot is hangi…
This is where little foot is hang…
Trying to look cool in my derelict…
Trying to look cool in my derelic…
You cant miss it.
You can't miss it.
Outside the interactive part of th…
Outside the interactive part of t…
Hanging out with the janitor.
Hanging out with the janitor.
Inside the cave.
Inside the cave.
The fan fest
The fan fest
Nelson Mandela Park
Nelson Mandela Park
This was the only time I saw a sig…
This was the only time I saw a si…
Nelson Mandela Park
Nelson Mandela Park