Origins of Mankind Art Tour

Start the morning off with a game drive through the Cradle Game Reserve followed by a tour of the Nirox Sculpture Park.

The Malapa Tour is an exclusive private guided tour in an open game drive vehicle that affords guests the unique opportunity of experiencing firsthand two famous fossil dig sites in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind.

Two world famous fossil sites – Gladysvale and Malapa – are the key attractions visited on this tour. They are situated within the Nash Nature Reserves which comprise the core of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The Malapa Tour is the only private guided tour designated to conduct fossil tours to these two fossil sites.

Together the reserves are almost 9000 hectares in extent, and they protect some of the largest and most pristine areas of the remaining high-altitude dolomitic grasslands which are second only to the Cape Floral Kingdom (Fynbos) in terms of floral diversity. The reserve is home to leopard and brown hyena and antelope such as the magnificent eland, blesbok, kudu, blue wildebeest and red hartebeest amongst other species. Amazingly, all this within sight of the second largest urban area on the African continent.

The area is an ancient landscape – truly ancient geology protecting and slowly revealing the ancient origins of humans.

NIROX Sculpture Park is 30ha of cultivated lawns, arbors, fields, waterways, and wetlands, on the banks of the Blaauwbankspruit River adjoining the Kkatlhamphi Private Nature Reserve — a 1000ha wilderness of hills, valleys, riverine forests, caves, and highveld grasslands, populated with diverse local game and birdlife.

The Park hosts more than 50 permanent and long-term installations by artists from across the globe; and at least one annual large scale curated exhibition of new and temporary installations and performances, in collaboration with NIROX’ wide circle of global partners and curatorial affiliations.