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A really cool place about the traditional Goldmining

A fantastic guide with an encyclopedic knowledge of the origins and development of the mine. Often... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Nick S
Johannesburg, South Africa
History tour off the mainstream

Interesting tour into one of the oldest mines of Joburg. The owner/guide is so passionate about... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2018
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Walk straight into a dark hole in the side of the hill. Learn about traditional mining methods and see how the mine has become home to bats as you make your way through ancient tunnels into the heart of the hill. Walking along where the coco-pan...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
R540 Kromdraai Road | Ibis Ridge Farm, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 1739, South Africa
+27 82 259 2162
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

A fantastic guide with an encyclopedic knowledge of the origins and development of the mine. Often accompanied by his friendly dog Jango. Ideal for small family groups or friends. A real gem, that should be part of everyone's day out in and around the Cradle...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 9 September 2018

Interesting tour into one of the oldest mines of Joburg. The owner/guide is so passionate about what he is doing. Very lovely. His office is literally a museum and there also is a small art gallery. Had a great time!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank JNinSA
Reviewed 26 June 2018

The owner was very welcoming, open for conversation and eager to show us around in the former mine. Since it's small and doesn't go in deep, it's a very accessible way to get to understand the mining activity that went on there and how basic...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Roy217
Reviewed 5 May 2018

This interesting place is off the beaten path in Kromdraai. As soon as you drive up, you're greeted by a friendly pack of Ridgebacks, the friendliest of them all being Jango. The attraction is run by a very pleasant and friendly man named Gavin, along...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank CathleenKenyon
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Quite easy to find the place, lot of parking, safe, interesting and informative. They are open on weekends and every hour on the hour there is a tour. It is dark inside the mine, but you get a light and there is no stairs or...More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank aventer2017
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We drove to Kromdraai after visiting the nearby Sterkfontein caves (brilliant by the way - well worth a visit). Surprisingly the mine museum doesn't have a brown tourist sign marking it off the road, so at first we weren't sure we'd found the right place...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank davidkhill64
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Easy access. Close to JHB. Worth visiting. Informative/ insightful. I definitely recommend visiting. Promises to be a memorable experience.

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank JessicaG6126
Reviewed 8 September 2016

This may be one of the less visited sites in the Johannesburg area, but the owner, Gavin Whatley, does a great job explaining the history of his property, how they learned about the old mine under their property and ultimately developed it to share with...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Lester P
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Gavin gave me a great informational tour. It is a private business on his property so calling in ahead of time to make a reservation could be useful; although I didn't and he was still available. He only takes you in the safe-supported portions, but...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Just occasionally you come across a hidden gem when on holiday - unexpected and unplanned. My colleague and I had a few hours spare before heading to the airport on our last day in SA, and he Googled 'gold mine visit', and Kromdraai came up....More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank Rajbury
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Smitha S
18 April 2018|
Response from LollyWhat |
Hi There Smitha, Sorry for the delay in responding, my father runs the tours and spends most of his time down the mine or painting and not on the internet! Trip Advisor will not let me post the email address here but if you... More