Cradle of Humankind MTB Trail

Minutes from the ‘domestic bliss’ of cluster complexes lining Hendrik Potgieter Road, nestling in a peaceful rural valley, lies ‘The Cradle of Humankind’, a World Heritage Site. Straddling two provinces from Sterkfontein Caves to Pilanesberg, this is the world’s richest hominid site, a resource of global importance and the heritage of every person on this planet. The whole area is underlain by dolomite which started out as coral reefs in a warm shallow sea some 2.3 billion years ago.

The dolomite has given rise to an abundance of water as well as caves and sinkholes into which the remains of long-ago plants, animals and hominids were washed and fossilized over millennia. The Sterkfontein Caves are probably the best known of the 12 sites. At present, only the Sterkfontein Caves and the Wonder Cave are open to the public. Cycling has not been given much, if any, consideration as a means of experiencing this area but millions have been spent on upgrading roads to accommodate more motor vehicles. [div2 class=”highlight1″]

On your bike

From Beyers Naudé Drive (M5), take the Kromdraai Road. Cross the Crocodile River and follow this road until you reach a T-junction. Turn right, crossing the Blaauwbank Spruit. Turn right and ride past the Rhino Reserve for 13km of gentle cruising, with panoramic views over the Crocodile River valley, until you reach the Muldersdrift/Lindley junction. Turn right and cross the Crocodile River again, continuing straight along this road (which is actually the extension of Beyers Naudé) until you reach the Kromdraai turn-off.

Contact Details

  1. Email: james.hlongwa@gauteng.gov.za
  2. Phone: +27 11 085 2486
  3. Website: cradlemtb.wordpress.com

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