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Kromdraai Gold Mine

R540 Kromdraai Road | Ibis Ridge Farm, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 1739, South Africa
+27 82 259 2162
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Lovely owner, interesting place

This interesting place is off the beaten path in Kromdraai. As soon as you drive up, you're greeted... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2018
CathleenKenyon
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Rochester
Surprising!

Quite easy to find the place, lot of parking, safe, interesting and informative. They are open on... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
aventer2017
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Pretoria, South Africa
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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 tracks once lay will give you an insight into the working conditions that miners endured all those years ago. A quirky and unforgettable experience.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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R540 Kromdraai Road | Ibis Ridge Farm, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 1739, South Africa
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+27 82 259 2162
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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

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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

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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

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

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

1  Thank Jessica G
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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

Thank Lester P
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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

Thank Sarah S
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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

Thank Rajbury
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Reviewed 13 May 2016

My friend & I, both mining men, were given a very personalised tour by Gavin who was delighted at the interest we took & gave us a fascinating, thorough insight into the history of the mine. It was interesting to learn that the mine is...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Visited the mine on the 12th of April 2016. The guide Marvin was very knowledgeable and made the tour very interesting. I really learnt a lot from him and what the place has to offer. Made me feel like I was back in 1881. If...More

1  Thank Tracy N
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

Gavin is an excellent guide and leads his visitors through the history of the mine and how he came to take over the running of the operation. Don't expect an all-singing-all-dancing exhibition or mine tour - the mine is essentially in the same state that...More

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Smitha S
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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
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