source is unknown. Tours of the outer caves are run daily and monthly, with ‘crystal tours’ being conducted when visiting Mpumalanga. into deeper chambers. Guided tours are offered seven days a week from 08:30 to 16:30. The six hour Crystal Cave Tour takes place on the last Saturday of each month.
The Dinosaur Park, Swazi Tribal Village, curio shops and a restaurant are all located on the premises. The Sudwala Dinosaur Park is set in a lush, sub-tropical garden. Scientifically accurate, life sized models of prehistoric animals are on display. The park tells the story of the development of life on earth and exhibits animals as diverse as the ancient amphibious and mammal-like reptiles, dinosaurs, extinct mammals, pre-historic humans and more. On the cliffs above the park stands Austrolopithicus africanus (the southern ape from Africa), better known as Mr or Mrs Pless.
These peoples lived between 2 and 3 million years ago and share some "modern" human features. They serve as an introduction to the debated theories of human development. The Cape Quagga and Cape Lion, which became extinct 100 years ago, can be seen on display. Initiated by Theo Owen, who commissioned South African artist Jan van Zijl to construct the animals, the park was officially opened in 1977. Information was gathered from museums all over the world.
Fossils of Collenia, primitive plant colonies can be seen on the ceiling of one of the chambers of the Sudwala Caves. These fossils sparked the creation of the museum, as the park provides a natural link between these primitive first life forms, and the abundance of wild animals close at hand in the Kruger National Park. With its three-dimensional models, the park is a fun edu-tainment experience for the whole family, and should not be missed