A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Cradle of Humankind is famous for its limestone caves with the fossils of ancient animals, plants and hominids. Producing over a third of early hominid fossils ever found, the Sterkfontein Caves are where the 2.3-million year-old fossil ("Mrs. Ples") was found in 1947. This amazing find helped corroborate the 1924 discovery of the Taung Child skull in the North West Province of South Africa, where excavations continue. A significant site to understanding the evolution of man, the Cradle of Humankind has produced the oldest human fossils ever found, dating back 3.5 million years ago.
Johannesburg Apartheid Museum
Opened in 2001, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg is the pre-eminent museum in the world dedicated to 20th century South Africa and the history and fall of Apartheid. A superb example of design, space and landscape, the museum offers a unique South Africa experience. Changing exhibitions tell the story of Apartheid and celebrate 10 years of democracy in South America. Visit www.apartheidmuseum.org
Situated in the middle of the Gauteng-Tshwane complex, Lion Park in Johannesburg is home to more than 85 lions including the rare white lions, and many carnivores such as cheetahs, wild dog, and hyenas indigenous to Africa. The nature conservation park also houses grass-eating animals like zebras, giraffes and a variety of antelope that roam freely in a separate camp. Visit www.lion-park.com.
Just 10 minutes from the Johannesburg business district, Gold Reef City South Africa is a spectacular theme park alive with the spirit of Jozi. The park features historical attractions, exhilarating rides, a casino complex, theaters, restaurants, and shops full of family entertainment and excitement. Experience 30 adrenaline-boosting rides and coasters, including The Anaconda, Golden Loop and Jozi Express. Enjoy cinematic sensations in the 4D Theater. Enjoy top entertainment, Broadway and West End shows, concerts and ballet at the luxurious Lyric Theatre, or catch i ntimate revue shows and jazz in the Globe Theatre. Visit www.goldreefcity.co.za/
Located in Joubert Park, the Johannesburg Art Gallery features 15 exhibition halls and sculpture gardens. The museum houses an impressive collection of 17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century British and European art, 19th century South African works, contemporary 20th century local and international art, and a print works from the 15th century to the present. The current collection includes legendary art by Rodin, Rossetti, Picasso, Monet, and Degas, as well as a unique collection of South African and contemporary local artists.