Here we begin our descent into Sterkfontein Cave, it is a beautiful cave which is still living (crystals are still forming and stalactites and stalacmites are still growing). It is an Archaeological site owned by Witwatersrand University and there are active excavations being carried out.
Here is Jen, Erin, Richard and Kye deep within the cave.
Can you see an elephant’s face from the front in this photo in the rock?
Going down a tiny passageway…
Emerging from the cave…
An archaeological dig….
This building behind us is called Maropeng. It is a huge eco friendly building out in the middle of nowhere in an area called The Cradle of Humankind, (where early man was first said to have been discovered in South Africa). This tall building is completely covered in grass and tunnels far down into the ground, where a huge exhibition has been displayed taking all its visitors through the early time of our world and early man. It was fascinating! We saw many fossils that have been preserved in amber. Reconstructions of Early man, what they ate and how they lived. It was really a wealth of scientific knowledge for our famliy…
We have all climbed into a round boat and we are sailing down a tunnel, within this tunnel we experienced the climate changes and weather changes that the earth went through in its early beginnings. You can see there is ice on the walls of the tunnel. In another part of the tunnel we sailed through a storm and a volcano. It was really amazing!
Here we are inside the science centre, Erin is trying out one of the experiments to switch on the light bulbs.