• The exhibition

    See how our ancestors developed over the past few million years

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    Check out the latest exhibits and events at Maropeng

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  • Conferencing

    Our state-of-the-art conference centre is perfect for a getaway conference close to the city

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  • Maropeng Hotel

    The Maropeng Hotel is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind

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  • School visits

    You will never forget your school trip to the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves

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Welcome home!

Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. By coming here, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home!

Before you visit us, take a look at our introductory video



This Heritage Day, Saturday 24 September 2016, Maropeng will be the proud hosts of a breakfast dialogue with the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura. Everyone is welcome.

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“We were beginning to think that Philae would remain lost forever. It is incredible we have captured this at the final hour.”

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In what may turn out to be the biggest scientific find of recent time, astronomers have announced the discovery of an Earth-like planet in orbit around our next-nearest star, Proxima… Read more

On Monday, 15 August, Maropeng launched its isivivane programme, which provides visitors with the opportunity to have their names, or the name of a loved one, engraved on a stone… Read more

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