• 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!



With its picturesque surroundings (the vision of a tumulus mound emerging from hills of abundant flora), epic landscape and outstanding fossil exhibition, Maropeng is an Instagrammer’s dream. Here visitors can… Read more

Children of today are more environmentally aware and, with a little guidance from teachers, the media and parents, they will happily do their bit to protect our planet, says Harry… Read more

Maropeng is calling on all South Africans to help clean up our country in honour of this year’s Clean-up and Recycle Week, which runs from 15 to 19 September 2014.

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This September you’re invited to gaze at the stars at Maropeng, and ponder the birth of the universe. Or how about going on a walking tour of an active fossil… Read more

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