Gauteng Game and Nature ReservesThe Cradle Nature Reserve
The Cradle of Humankind, just outside Johannesburg and Pretoria in Gauteng, is believed by a number of scientists, archaeologists and anthropologists to be the very origin of the modern day race of human beings owing to fossils discovered here...
Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Cradle Nature Reserve is a private entity nestled within this area of great social and historical import.
The Cradle Nature Reserve covers an area of 3 000 hectares, which includes a delightful array of plant and animal species representing the diversity of South Africa. The wildlife within this private reserve includes white rhino, giraffe, brown hyena and wildebeest, as well as the elusive, but always elegant, leopard.
In addition, there are more than 200 different bird species that have been recorded within the borders of the reserve. This makes The Cradle an enormously popular spot amongst those with a passion for bird watching.
In terms of the vegetation, the assortment of species is nothing short of breath-taking. There are also a number of sites that showcase the paleontological and archaeological value of the area. These are fantastic to explore and experience, adding a sense of depth and intrigue to your Cradle adventure.
To get the most out of your time at The Cradle Nature Reserve, game drives and bush walks can be arranged. These allow you to explore the area at different paces, and to gain special insights into the abundance and assortment of fauna and flora. There are also paleontological tours, which reveal the wonders of the fossilised remains that have hailed from this area and what they imply about its ancient history.
The stone restaurant at The Cradle is elegant and of a very high standard, making it the venue of choice for weddings and other celebrations. There is also a wine cellar, conference facility and a boma.
Popular Attractions near Cradle Nature Reserve
Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle of Humankind Site comprises a strip of a dozen dolomitic limestone caves containing the fossillised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids. The dolomite in which the caves formed, started out as coral...
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Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Set in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve lies roughly 40 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg and offers a chance to see white rhino, lion, buffalo, hippo and other species of game up close and within half...
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