• The exhibition at Maropeng

    See how our our ancestors developed over the past few million years.

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  • Conferencing at Maropeng

    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!

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News

A team from Maropeng refurbished the food garden at Maloney’s Eye Primary School as part of our Mandela Day activities this year. This will form part of a longer-term project… Read more

Researchers from around the world are making a plea for the protection of a rock shelter in KwaZulu Natal, in which some of the world’s oldest examples of sea-shell beads,… Read more

Space agency Nasa’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered a new “Earth-like” planet orbiting a star similar to our sun, some 1 400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus.

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It has been postulated that fire aided in human development in more ways than just allowing us to cook meat. Some experts believe that fire prompted the development of language,… Read more


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