Human Origins in South Africa (land tour) - waitlist open

Dates: Saturday, September 8, 2018 to Saturday, September 22, 2018 (15 Days)
Tour Leader: Ian Tattersall

The Malapa Valley, Cradle of Humankind @ Profberger CC by SA 3.0

This tour has sold out for the 2018 departure.  A 2019 departure is in the planning stages, to be notified when it becomes available, please contact us at

Join Dr. Ian Tattersall, curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History and renowned
paleoanthropologist and author, on this diverse South African adventure featuring fascinating paleontological localities; evocative historical sites and modern cities; sublime mountain, veld, and coastal scenery; wildlife viewing and photography opportunities; delicious cuisine; and 4- and 5-star accommodations. Travel from the lovely Magaliesberg Mountains to early human sites in the “Cradle of Humankind,” such as Sterkfontein Caves, and as far afield as the Makapansgat Valley, plus archaeological sites in the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape and the West Coast Fossil Park. Visit Blombos Museum of Archaeology and Pinnacle Point Caves, with private tours of both by a guest archaeologist. Spend two nights at a luxurious camp to explore the Kapama Game Reserve, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives. Take guided tours of Pretoria and Cape Town, and tour the Cape Winelands, where you will sample some of South Africa’s most renowned wines. Dr. Tattersall and local guides will accompany you throughout, weaving together the threads of past and present that make up the rich tapestry of human evolution. Maximum of 20 participants.


Tour Price (13 nights):
$8,945 per person, double occupancy (15-20 participants)
$1,825 single supplement (limited availability)






Saturday, September 8, 2018: Depart Home
Sunday, September 9: Arrive Johannesburg, South Africa | Transfer to Magaliesberg | Welcome Dinner
Monday, September 10: Sterkfontein Caves | Maropeng Visitor Centre
Tuesday, September 11: Fly to Hoedspruit | Kapama Game Reserve | PM Game Drive
Wednesday, September 12: AM Game Drive | PM Game Drive
Thursday, September 13: AM Game Drive | Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape | at leisure
Friday, September 14: Makapansgat Valley | at leisure
Saturday, September 15: At leisure | Pretoria
Sunday, September 16: Pretoria city tour | Johannesburg | Fly to Cape Town | at leisure
Monday, September 17: Cape Town city tour | Iziko South African Museum | Bo-Kaap | Table Mountain | Milnerton
Tuesday, September 18: Cape Winelands | Wine Tasting | Boschendal Wine Estate
Wednesday, September 19: West Coast Fossil Park | Darling
Thursday, September 20: Blombos Museum of Archaeology | Pinnacle Point Caves | George
Friday, September 21: Oudtshoorn | Cango Caves | Ostrich Farm | Farewell Dinner
Saturday, September 22: George | Fly to Johannesburg | Fly Home

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