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Cradle of Humankind Tour with Lion Safari from Johannesburg
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Cradle of Humankind Tour with Lion Safari from Johannesburg

By Deeprift Ventours
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Ages 4-99, max of 13 per group
Duration: 10h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Bottled water
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport from your hotel in airconditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Lion and Safari Park
  • Entry/Admission - Sterkfontein Cave
  • Entry/Admission - Maropeng Visitor Centre
  • Entry/Admission - The Cradle of Humankind
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Other souvenirs (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch


Start:Traveller pickup offered.
    Pickup details
    • All hotels and accommodation. We pick up anywhere from your hotel or guest house in Sandton, Rosebank, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Please specify your hotel address. Also pick up from air b&b and private locations.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 13066P5

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for participants with back problems or people who suffer from claustrophobia.
      • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 13066P5

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      • Deeprift Ventours
        117
        South Africa
        Joined in September 2013
      • daletY5941LL
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Surface diamond mine tour
        Although we were limited to surface viewing, the mine tour was very informative and our guide was great. The mine moves great quantities of rock for a small handful of diamonds.
        Written 17 July 2024
      • D3946ZSbenw
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A must-do trip
        My wife and I took our 8-year old son. It was a truly once in a lifetime experience. We were pinching ourselves frequently throughout the day. Jason picked us up at our hotel at 5:30 am. He was a wonderful guide to take us from Johannesburg to Pilanesberg. It's a solid 3 hour drive giver or take, but we loved seeing more of the countryside as the sun came up. About halfway through we stopped at a convenience store with a fast food restaurant where we got some espresso drinks and breakfast as well as some snacks for the day. It was also by an art store that was open at that early hour to show us their wares. We were happy to see and buy some of the art but if you aren't looking to add some take-home goods you might skip this, as the artists are good at convincing you that your experience wouldn't be complete without some of their wonderful work. When we arrived at the park we parted with Jason and boarded a larger open-air vehicle with a small group of other visitors who we loved spending the day with. Our driver, Benny, seemed to know everything about the park and the animals, his humor was excellent (all of his lines drew a laugh), and he was able to find numerous exciting encounters for us. We saw elephants very up-close, lions a bit off the road (close enough to be exciting, too far for a good iPhone pic), a rhino, three or four species of antelope, giraffes, zebras, hippos, and baboons. We got some very close and very exciting elephant encounters. In July the weather was chilly in the morning so we dressed in layers. We did a three hour game drive in the morning, stopped for lunch for an hour, and a two hour game drive in the afternoon. The food was good, though our son is a picky eater and didn't find something he liked. We were glad we packed him apples and snacks and I happily ate his meal. After the six hours in the park we met back up with Jason and he took us back to our hotel. We were exhausted, it is quite a long day. We arrived back at our hotel in Rosebank around 6:00pm, so door to door it was every bit of 12-13 hours. This was an absolutely fabulous experience. If you are considering going, you must. We would not replace the memory for anything.
        Written 5 July 2024
      • el_cid_11
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Efficient, interesting and good guides
        There was so much to see and learn at the diamond mine tour! Jason picked us up and provided informative commentary, answered questions and provided smooth safe transportation. He took us around to get a great photo on the other side of the big pit. He was courteous and kind. The tour of the mining complex was thorough and our guide in the mine area was also very good.
        Written 30 June 2024
      • T1326BCtheresag
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fun with Elephants and Monkeys
        Incredible experience at both the Monkey & Elephant Sanctuaries. Beautiful properties and very personal experience with these animals. Friendly staff, very informative and such a memorable experience!
        Written 25 May 2024
      • Y1091RIsusanp
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lovely way to spend a day
        Fun trip. You get the opportunity to interact with the elephants touching and hugging them. The monkeys are all over you. Both are very sweet and it is fun to have the one on one interaction. The tourguide picks you up on time at your hotel and assures that you are comfortable with all needs met.
        Written 20 May 2024
      • H W
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience at Pilanesburg Safari
        Our experience was just fantastic with Jason! My husband and I both felt that he had our best interest at heart and went out of his way to make everything run smoothly and be very enjoyable. Jason was very knowledgeable about his country, the safari as well as many other details along the way. Would highly recommend this company !
        Written 19 February 2024
      • himachalm2018
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Outstanding safari experience
        Outstanding tour and Jason is great . We saw every Animal in a wonderland atmosphere. Lions and Elephants were just in front of us . Jason is also knowledgeable and solid knowing the area, driving
        Written 13 February 2024
      • Resort756470
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic experience
        Jason was amazing and fed us lots of info on the ride out to Pilanesberg. His driving was exceptional and we enjoyed spending time with him. The safari itself was unbelievable ! So many elephants, giraffe, zebra, antelope, wildebeest, white rhino, hippo, warthog and many more. We even saw a leopard!
        Written 17 January 2024
      • Robert B
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Safari Trip - full day adventure!!
        Jason did a great job and we had a fantastic day on the trip. He was prompt and very accommodating with our trip from Johannesburg. He picked us up at the guest house where we were staying and returned us safely that afternoon. I was a bit concerned initially about whether we would be picked up from the GH but there were no issues for our group of five. Jason was very patient with our group on the ride over and answered all of our questions about South Africa which only enhanced the day for us. I highly recommend you use this group for you outing - the day was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to South Africa.
        Written 6 December 2023
      • mattwP1585DG
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great day trip with Jason
        We enjoyed a great day with Jason and were lucky to see all Big 5 during our day trip to Pilanesburg. It was late in the day when we booked for the next day and Jason was quick to confirm our activity for early the next morning. We started on time and on the drive to the reserve Jason shared his knowledge of local communities and their history. He pointed out various landmarks we saw along the way and was eager to answer any questions we had. Jason is a conscientious driver and we felt lucky to have booked with him. A great day trip from Johannesburg with Jason!
        Written 27 November 2023
      • 628edithu
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing and terrific tour.
        The tour was over my initial expectations, it was amazing, the person in charge was always in touch with us, solving our doubts.
        Written 26 November 2023
      • Emmaculate A
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Horse riding day, the happiest experience in JNB
        I had a lovely moment and enjoyed the trip of horse riding, the tour guide Jason is really kind and patient. The pick up and drop off made it easy for me to go for the tour without transportation worries.
        Written 11 November 2023
      • Bridzer
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great first safari- travelling solo
        Just back from a fabulous one day safari. Thanks Jason for being such a gentleman. Your kindness and patience made it so much easier for me doing the trip solo. It was great to see all the beautiful animals in their natural habitat, the baby elephants were definitely my favourite.
        Written 4 November 2023
      • sawuj
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nice experience
        We had an amazing time. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see as many animals as we would have liked but we did get to see elephants and giraffes and some other animals. Jason was super gracious with us the entire time and very king and informative
        Written 30 October 2023
      • T4555BRsusanl
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Unforgettable time!!
        This was a dream come true. We were taken from Johannesburg to the Elephant and Monkey Sanctuaries and the Lion Safari Park to tour each. Jason, our tour guide, went out of his way to ensure we had an amazing and unforgettable experience. He is knowledgeable, friendly and has your best interests in mind when he suggests activities for you. It was an experience interacting with the elephants and monkeys. Jason is the best. Take this tour with Deeprift Ventours and you will be grateful. Fantastic time!!
        Written 2 October 2023
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      amf20212021
      Seattle, WA2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023 • Couples
      We had an amazing time on Jason’s tour. My mom and I adventured out to the Lion Park and Safari, as well as the Cradle of Humankind. Jason was a wonderful, knowledgeable, warm and courteous guide for our day trip. When we booked, he reached out promptly to let us know that the caves were still closed, and that he’d book us for a 2 hour safari to make up for the time. The minibus was very comfortable and clean, and Jason offered us water while we journeyed. The tours themselves were incredible- not to be missed! We unreservedly recommend you take Jason’s tour!!
      Written 9 August 2023
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Hi Amna, thank you for reviewing the Cradle of humankind tour with a lion safari. We had a wonderful day and it was a real pleasure meeting you and your mom. Take care! Jason
      Written 9 August 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      GafFlash
      Strathmore, Australia148 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We did 2 day tours with Jason. Cradle of Mankind /Lion Park and then Elephant and Monkey Sanctuary.
      He was ready at our hotel at the designated time on both occasions.
      Jason's driving was exceptional and his van was modern, clean and comfortable. He provided interesting commentary about the items of interest along the way, and was more than happy to answer our questions about living in Jo'burg.
      Taking Jason's tours saved a what would have been a heap of hassle trying to manage these tours on our own. Being able to sit back and enjoying ourselves was well worth the cost.
      Written 26 April 2024
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      We are absolutely thrilled to read your wonderful review. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences with us. It sounds like you had an amazing journey exploring the Cradle of Mankind, Lion Park, Elephant, and Monkey Sanctuary. We're so glad that Jason was able to enhance your adventure with his punctuality, safe driving, and the comfortable ride in his van. We understand the challenges that can come with organizing such trips, and we're delighted that choosing us allowed you to avoid any hassle and fully immerse yourselves in the joy of discovery. Your satisfaction and enjoyment are our top priorities, and knowing that you found the experience to be worth every penny is incredibly gratifying for us. Thank you again for your kind words and for recommending our tours. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the future, ensuring another memorable and hassle-free experience. Safe travels until then!
      Written 2 May 2024
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      Renzo
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Apr 2022
      This was an excellent tour. Our tour guide Jason was punctual, knowledgeable, and left us feeling at ease. I recommend him if you are looking for a tour guide.
      Going back to how it all began was a great history lesson.
      Written 20 April 2022
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      Dear Lorenzo, thank you very much for your review. It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and to show you our beautiful country. I am very glad you enjoyed the tour. Take care!
      Written 22 April 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Brian F
      Melbourne Beach, FL3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2022
      Our driver, Jason, was excellent. He was very informative and knowledgeable. And of course friendly. The lion park was the highlight of our tour, getting up close to many lions (In the safety of a caged vehicle). The cradle of civilization was also very interesting with its underground caves from which many fossils have been discovered.
      Written 16 July 2022
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      Thank you for your review. It was a wonderful day spend in great company. I am very happy that you enjoyed the Cradle of humankind tour with a Lion safari. Enjoy the rest of your trip through South Africa!
      Written 16 July 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Brian Goodey
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2020
      A personalised visit full of information - great introduction to SA outside the city. Lions and many more content and up for photos. Cave and exhibition a stimulating consideration of what humankind has achieved. Meal sociable and relaxed. All this and comfortable glide through new landscapes reavealed by Jason.
      Written 4 February 2020
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      Thank you for your review. I am so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Enjoy the rest of your trip. Kind Regards Jason
      Written 4 February 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Genell Dee H
      6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Oct 2023 • Solo
      A wonderful day trip with a very knowledgable and entertaining guide, Jason Pollard. From the moment i was picked up from my hotel to drop off, the service was excellent. Adequate time was allowed for the two sights including time to get a little souvenir shopping done. I never felt rushed. Would highly recommend Deeprift Ventours and Jason to any Johannesburg visitors.
      Written 19 October 2023
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      Dear Genell, thank you for your review of the cradle of humankind tour with a Lion Safari. It was a real pleasure to have met you and to spend the day showing you the Lion and safari park and the Cradle of Humankind. Thank you for your kind words. Enjoy the rest of your trip to The neighboring countries. Hope you get to see the Lemurs in Madagascar! Take Care! Kind Regards Jason
      Written 19 October 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      sandymuha
      12 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2023 • Friends
      Cradle of Humankind was closes due to maintenance so we did the Lion Safari with Ledesi Cultural Center. We loved both. Feeding Zoe the giraffe at the Lion Safari was one of the hightlights of our trip. Jason was an excellent tour guide. The cultural center was knowledgeable and fascinating and the lunch was delicious. Two locations both worth visiting.
      Written 6 August 2023
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      Hi Sandy, thank you for your review. I am very happy that you enjoyed the Lion Safari with a cultural experience. It was a total pleasure meeting you and your group and to take you around. Hope to hear from you again. Kind regards Jason
      Written 8 August 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      carolynsteele
      Chester, UK1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2018 • Friends
      My friend and I had a full and exceptional trip with Jason Pollard who owns Deeprift tours. We were collected from out accommodation in excellent transport and our visits were timed to avoid the crowds. We were welcomed at each stop as guests if Jason and at the Lion sanctuary were able to visit two groups of lion cubs age 2 months and 4 months old. The difference between them was amazing, almost double in size. They were very friendly and playful . Wevisitef a full grown Cheetah and he allowed us to stroke him, it was amazing to hear his very loud purring. An hour game drive was also included and was ver informative. We has a lovely lunch isa good restaurant and then visited the caves for an underground and rather strenuous experience followed by a visit to the fantastic and interactive museum which was amazing for children. All in All a great and well organised day which was excellent value for money and we greatly enjoyed. Thank you Jason would highly recommend the trip.
      Written 12 January 2018
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      Dear Carolyn, Thank you very much for your review and kind words! Kind regards Jason
      Written 6 February 2018
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Tom P
      El Cerrito, CA93 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I was honestly not expecting much from this tour after our educational but depressing tour of Soweto and the Apartheid museum. I was pleasantly surprised largely due to our guide Jason.

      We started at the Lion Park, about an hour from our hotel in Roseland. We got there early to beat the crowds. We ended in the Cradle of Humankind where we had lunch and visited the interactive museum. During the ride to and from our hotel, Jason entertained us with information about the areas we drove through and general info about South Africa. He also took care of all little details to provide a worry-free tour experience. His tour van was the nicest tour vehicle we rode during our entire trip. And Lastly he got us back in time to avoid any of the famous Johannesburg traffic.

      Would highly recommend booking a tour with him.
      Written 26 May 2018
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      Dear Thomas, thank you very much for your excellent review. Also thank you for the compliment on my vehicle. You were great company to have on tour and to share all the interesting info with. Kind regards Jason
      Written 27 November 2019
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      HopeAbounds
      Los Osos, CA152 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2019 • Solo
      I’m so glad that I found Jason to give me the opportunity to travel outside of Joburg to see the Cradle of Humankind. He shared lots of information as well as personal experiences. The countryside en route with rolling hills and a pallet of pastel hues delighted. We made an early stop at a lion safari park and had fun interacting with lion cubs in a very well managed and responsible facility. The Cradle itself has a lot to offer with insights into human history and high quality exhibits. We even walked down into the cave where key fossils were found establishing The location in our hominid lineage. The nearby statue field depicting four centuries of people on South Africa’s long road to freedom was another bonus. It was a great day before heading off on my safari.
      Written 29 June 2019
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      Dear Don, thank you very much for your kind review. It is much appreciated. I am sincerely glad that you had a fantastic day on tour! It was a pleasure! Enjoy the rest of your trip.
      Written 29 June 2019
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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