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There are loads of things to do in the Cradle of Humankind besides marvel at evolution. A bucket list has been drawn up detailing a host of them.
THERE can be no greater feeling than flying, especially if you get to watch the sun rise and sip champagne while doing it. Float gently through the early morning air and appreciate an unrivalled view of mountains, dams and animals in their natural habitat.

Enjoy a scrumptious meal at Enjoy a scrumptious meal at Roots Gourmet restaurantBill Harrop’s Original Balloon Safaris promises to deliver this experience. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Cradle of Humankind, it guarantees a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you on cloud nine for days afterwards.
The area around the world heritage site does more than just offer placid thrills, though, and adrenaline junkies who like living on the edge can get their fix as well. Swinging through the trees like Tarzan or Jane, scaling an almost-vertical rock face and forging new paths on a quad bike are only some of the activities on offer that will get the blood pressure spiking.

For those who enjoy taking the more scenic, relaxing route, there are plenty of fine wining and dining venues to scintillate the senses. Have a peaceful picnic with only the finest cheese and wine, horse ride through lush terrain and stand beneath the stars as you shower away the excesses of the day.

The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site introduced its My Bucket List competition for this very reason: to showcase the array of pastimes available right on Joburg’s doorstep. A bucket list is a list of must-do activities to tick off before one dies, and the Cradle of Humankind one is no different. It just brings the action a little closer to home, with 20 activities to get involved in.

With the Cradle just 40 kilometres from Joburg, ticking off the items should be no challenge.

For an exhilerating experience, take a hot-air balloon rideFor an exhilarating experience, go on a hot-air balloon rideIts bucket list is made up of: starting the family tree at the Maropeng visitor centre; getting up close with a lion cub at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve; following the sun over the horizon with Bill Harrop and his sense of humour in tow on a balloon safari; mastering the art of the assegai at Lesedi Cultural Village; breaking every rule in the diet book at Roots Gourmet restaurant; coming face-to-face with the Stone Age at the Sterkfontein Caves; brewing your own pint at Gilroy’s Brewery; savouring the cheese at Van Gaalen’s Cheese Farm; taking a vow of silence for a day at Woodlands Spa; and discovering the secrets of a horse whisperer at Lethabo Estate Lodge.
Busy as that is, it is only the first half of the list.

The second part consists of: playing Tarzan or Jane at Ama Zwing Zwing; catching your own dinner at Brookwood Trout Farm; showering under the stars at Forum Homini boutique hotel; finding your claim to fame at Cooper’s Walk; channelling your inner extremist at Wild Cave Adventures; being waited on hand and foot at Kloofzicht Lodge; dining with a view at The Cradle Restaurant; scaling the face of a mountain at Go Vertical Adventures; riding horses and quad bikes at Hollybrooke Farm and finally, going vegan at Leafy Greens Cafe.

The bucket list combines some of the Cradle’s best attractions; missing them is an option not worth considering.

And by taking part in any of these activities, individuals can win holiday packages to the area for themselves and three of their friends or family members. At each of the venues on the list, there is a display frame for the competition, where you need to take your photograph. Thereafter, the photo must be submitted either on the website or on the mobi site,

The competition is running until the end of March. For more information, visit the website or email

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