Day 29: Sunday, April 1st, 2018. Visit to the Cradle of Humankind and the Lion and Rhino reserve

Visited the World Heritage site called the Cradle of Humankind Museum about 1 hour north of Johannesburg where early hominid remains were found of the Homo Habilis (right before Homo Sapians appeared) about 190,000 years ago.The most famous found were the Taung Child “little foot” and “Mrs. Ples” of the 15 hominid remains found. There were caves such as the Sterkfontein Caves which were a major excavation site in Maropeng ( means returning to site of origin).

 

Afterwards, we visited the Lion and Rhino Reserve which was also with in the Cradle of Humankind area. They had some areas with free roaming animals and some with caged areas.  We watched the cheetah run where the cheetah Anabelle was supposed to quickly chase a piece of meat on a string with speeds up to 120km/ hr but she did not seem interested and didn’t go for it. She was off leash and we off to the side towards braii (bbq) pits and the laid down.

 

 

 

We saw the following animals and reptiles:

Alligator

Snakes

White lion

Bengal tigers (including white)

Black leopard

Fox

Pygmy hippo

Zebra

Cheetah

Blesbuck

Black wildebeast

Gemsbock

Lions

Rhea

Ostrich

Emu

Springbok

Rhinos!

Turtles

Vulture

Baby cheetahs

Baby white tigers

Black wildebeest

Black panther (aka black leopard)

Regular Lions

Giraffes

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We had the chance to get close and personal with 3 baby white tigers. One was very active and playfully bit my forearm. He left a red mark but he didn’t break the skin thankfully.

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Headed back to Joburg and stopped by Arts on Main which is had a nice courtyard and bar area upstairs. It was closed off previously for a wedding.

Claudia Wong