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Cradle of Humankind, Caves or Maropeng, Rhino and Lion Park
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Cradle of Humankind, Caves or Maropeng, Rhino and Lion Park

By Shane Gouldie
Recommended by 100% of travellers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 6-90
Duration: 6–8 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines


  • WiFi on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Entrance into Maropeng R 100
  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fee to Rhino and Lion Park R 250
  • Sterkfontein Caves R 100
  • Entry/Admission - The Cradle of Humankind
  • Entry/Admission - Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve


Start:Traveller pickup offered.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Pushchair 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: 332490P13

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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      About the operator
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      • Shane Gouldie
        125
        South Africa
        Joined in December 2021
      • dutchie79
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Another great day with local legend Shane
        One of the things that I look forward to most when visiting SA is going on one of Shane’s tours. The last time I went on a cultural trip and this time for a round of golf. Shane really knows his golf, seems to know everyone worth knowing, is an absolute gent and to cap it all is great fun to hang out with. Cannot recommend his tours highly enough!
        Written 12 July 2024
      • K1406ESmargarets
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Local tours
        Shane was very knowledgeable, friendly and we enjoyed his down to earth attitude. I would recommend him to others visiting this beautiful country.
        Written 12 July 2024
      • majug202
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Awesome guide!
        Shane was an excellent guide, very attentive and fun. We went the whole way talking, he is very wise, I learned a lot along the way. I was traveling alone and I was a little scared of taking a tour alone, but Shane, from the moment we met, made me feel safe, and I felt very comfortable, I recommend this tour to everyone, and do it with Shane , this guy is awesome!!
        Written 11 July 2024
      • 809pascalw
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very interesting Pretoria vusit
        Visits were amazing. Shane was a very good guide. We spent a lovely day discovering Apartheid museum, pretoria, union building
        Written 11 July 2024
      • Jakss1925
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Joburg in 6 hours...exceptional host
        Excellent and informative tour with Shane. Picked us up in the hotel lobby and settled us in right away with discussions on S Africa. Very knowledgeable but also let us ask questions. He had great repoire with locals and we felt safe. A great guide and we highly recommend.
        Written 6 July 2024
      • JulesS1899
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Shane is a great host & a true ambassador of Pretoria!
        Shane drove all the way to Johannesburg from Pretoria, where he is based, just to host me on a tour back in Pretoria! He's a true lover of South Africa & is unabashedly proud of the culture & landscape of this country, especially so towards his home city of Pretoria. He is very knowledgeable & insightful about the history & background of the city, & is willing to go the extra mile (literally!) to show the beauty of Pretoria through his eyes. I highly recommend going on his Pretoria tours, as well as the other tours he offers for the nature reserves in the country. 10/10!
        Written 1 July 2024
      • H2632GUtaram
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience!!
        My mom and I had a great time with our guide, Samantha! She was so fun and knowledgeable about the animals, the landscape, and the country of South Africa. We were able to get very close to the giraffes and wildebeests and still felt safe. Big thanks to Samantha and Shane for a great morning in a beautiful place!
        Written 15 June 2024
      • Colin S
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent Guide, Awesome Tour
        Shane was prompt, knowledgeable and allowed us the freedom and time to experience the attractions at our own pace. He was happy to stop for a coffee for us, and when we accidentally left our phone in the car after the tour he happily returned it (thanks again Shane!). The Cradle of Human Kind was interesting, the Lesedi Cultural Village tour was very informative with the end dancing extremely energetic and entertaining with the dancers giving 110%. Excellent service and awesome tour. Highly recommended.
        Written 7 June 2024
      • Venture778714
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Selfie with a giraffe!
        Great hike, landscapes, the weather was good and we came across giraffes, zebras etc. It was a very nice experience and Shane was a great guide!
        Written 27 May 2024
      • josefp512
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Pretoria Tour
        Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. I enjoyed the tour very much. Showed me around all the sights of Pretoria and picked me up on time at my hotel in Johannesburg.
        Written 27 May 2024
      • jendenp
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        1st time in South Africa
        We had a fantastic tour with Shane. Shane's knowledge helped us with our limited knowledge of all of the areas we visited. Shane was extremely patient with us and time spent looking through the Apartheid Museum. We thoroughly recommend his tours. Thanks Shane
        Written 25 May 2024
      • Culture58248908392
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        My tour was educative, stress releasing, memorable, enjoyable and worth the time. I would love to visit again and again.
        The trip was extremely insightful and it is a memorable experience for me. This is a trip I will always love to embark on..
        Written 24 May 2024
      • apaletto
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing
        Shane is very nice and made the tour funny and full of information. Maropeng is very interesting and kids will lover it, adults too. Lesedi is an amazing place. Full of culture, history and art of the peoples Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Sotho and Ndebele. We recommended!
        Written 23 May 2024
      • josefp512
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Pretoria Tour
        Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Picked me up at my hotel on time and showed me around Pretoria. I enjoyed the tour very much.
        Written 22 May 2024
      • kishorey994
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nice Family Centric Tour
        Shane was an excellent guide, was very planned and tailor made the trip considering our kids age. Had a nice banter about cricket and learnt about South Africa culture in a short period of time.
        Written 27 April 2024
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      dutchie79
      Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2023 • Family
      Shane picked us up at our hotel right on time and after only a few minutes we knew we were in safe and welcoming hands. Shane took us to Maropeng first and we learned a lot about South Africa on the journey and discovered that Shane is what the Irish would describe as a 'legend' with some captivating stories. After Maropeng we went to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve where it became apparent that Shane is a true lover and keen observer of nature who knows a great deal about the wildlife we saw. He also knows exactly where to go to have the most success to of seeing the big cats and he does his utmost to ensure you have a day that will live long in the memory (as our day was).
      Written 17 September 2023
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      Thanks Martjin for those kind words. I had a great day with you and look forward to seeing in South Africa again. Shane
      Written 18 September 2023
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      Ta D
      9 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dec 2022
      This was a great tour. As soon as we got to the Lion and Rhino park, it was clear that Shane knew what to do and when to do it. He supplied binoculars so that we could see the smaller animals. He also made sure we had perfect views for the Wild Dogs feeding session and got to see the White Lions walk right passed our car window. He then helped us track down the cheetahs and we ended with a nice session feeding the giraffes. All in all, a once in a lifetime experience.
      Written 9 January 2023
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      Thank you for taking the time to do a review
      Written 16 January 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Abdulla N
      Erbil, Iraq1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2024 • Solo
      It was an amazing tour, and the guide, Shane, was friendly and gave us a lot of information. The tour started by visiting the cradle of humankind museum, then visiting the Rhino and Lion reserve. I enjoyed a lot.
      Much of love to this beautiful country (South Africa) from Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Erbil
      Written 4 February 2024
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      Wow Abdullah that was such a special tour with you. It is special for me to meet a person from Iraq and listen to stories about your country. I will visit one day. All the Best Shane
      Written 6 February 2024
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      Piccioneviaggiatoreq
      San Donato Milanese, Italy129 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The tine spent in the game reserve was just spectacular. Shane knew exactly where to spot the animals and place his car during the feeding times in order to allow us a better view; got to see cheetahs, lions (brown and white) and wild dogs up close and almost by the vehicle.
      Not only he guaranteed the best experience possible to us, but was genuinely enthusiast when spotting animals. Available to answer all the possible question we might come up with.
      Highly suggested for his knowledge, patience and kindness!
      Written 6 July 2023
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      Hi Daria . Yes i have a passion for wild animals and sharing my countries wildlife with tourists. it was also fun doing it with you because of your fun and intelligent conversations. Travel Safe . Shane
      Written 7 July 2023
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      London Traveller
      Ealing, UK114 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We had a great trip with Shane.

      He first took us to the Cradle of Humankind and then to the Rhino and Lion Park. Sadly we did not see any rhinos, but the lions and wild dogs were spectacular and Shane made great efforts to get us the best views as he knows the park and it's routine very well!

      Afterwards, he kindly dropped us off at JNB for our flight to CPT.

      It was an amazing experience and Shane's knowledge and experience was very beneficial. Many thanks Shane.
      Written 13 February 2024
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      It was an absolute pleasure. You are a wonderful couple and the day was exciting and so enjoyable. Enjoy the rest of your time in South Africa. Safe travels. Shane
      Written 17 February 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Maria Costanza K
      Turin, Italy6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Solo
      Highly recommended day trip from JBG with great company! Shane was a very friendly guide and by having a private tour you’ll get a more personalized experience. He made sure we saw as many animals as possible in the reserve (the best for me were the white lions at 2m from me!) 😍. The cradle of humankind is also a nice museum even if the cave has been closed since Dec. On the way back, we stopped for a coffee and cake, kind treat by Shane. Very good to have someone so proud to be a South African and proud of its country and ita history. 100% recommended, even if traveling solo. I will be back from more tours!
      Written 10 November 2023
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      Hi Maria. Yes we had good fun especially been so lucky so see many animals close to the car. You where good fun and i look forward to seeing you again. Shane
      Written 11 November 2023
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      Yohan T
      7 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2023 • Friends
      This is our second activity with Shane. And we had a blast again! He takes time to understand our needs and really pushes the tour above the expectations. Shane is very knowledgeable about the Rhino and Lion park, and it really made the difference to get really great close-up shots of the animals. 100% recommend it!
      Written 5 July 2023
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      Thank Yohawn for booking me for the second time i really appreciate and enjoyed the Adventure
      Written 6 July 2023
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      Jill C
      37 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      We visited the Rhino and Lion park with Shane as our guide and he was really wonderful, he knew all the secret spots the animals would be in! We saw the rhinos, got to see vultures feeding on a carcass, saw the cheetahs, and close ups of lions. Shane is very knowledgeable about the animals as well, we learned so much! Highly recommend!
      Written 28 May 2023
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      Morning Jill. Thank you for joining me on the tour. It was a special adventure. Safe travels and thank you for taking the time to do a review. Shane
      Written 29 May 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      S F
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2023 • Family
      Shane gave us the experience of a lifetime!

      We had been on Safari in Kwazulu-Natal the week before we met Shane.

      His gave us a private tour at the Rhino & Lion experience that was on par with our Safari. We were within a few feet of Wild Dogs, White Lions, Cheetah, Rhino and a variety of other species in one reserve.

      We unfortunately weren't able to see the Maropeng caves because they were closed for maintenance, but Shane was on top of it and took us for lunch over looking a scenic reservoir in another reserve. It was here that we were able to walk closely with the Giraffe and Zebra.

      If you have the opportunity to book with him . . . grab it! He's an easy going guide, great conversationalist and we felt a quality human being!

      Hope to meet you again, Shane! You completely blew out minds!! Thank you!!!
      Written 30 July 2023
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      Thank you Joyce and Shawn for a fantastic review. Yes this tour certainly resulted in a friendship. Can't wait to meet again. All the Best . Shane
      Written 1 August 2023
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      HG A
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2024 • Friends
      Had the most amazing time! Shane is so knowledgeable and his love for the animals and the land is profound! And the aninals know it! Brearhtaking and humbling experience all at once, being so close to these powerful, beautiful animals. Thank you Shane, we will remember this day for a long long time! Gillian & Heleni, UK
      Written 26 March 2024
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      Hi Gillian and Heleni. Thank you for the review. I'm so happy you enjoyed the tour and our country. All the best amd hope to see you back. Shane
      Written 27 March 2024
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