• 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

Extra dark skies are the optimal viewing backdrop when it comes to stargazing – and that’s exactly what you want when there’s a Perseid meteor shower. These meteor showers are… Read more

In 2005, Maropeng – Setswana for “returning to the place of origin” – opened its doors to the public, inviting them to experience the birthplace of humankind. Ten years later,… Read more

Scientists have discovered the oldest baboon fossils ever found in the world, at the Malapa excavation site in the Cradle of Humankind.

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There is nothing quite like the experience of seeing a fossil emerge from rock that it has been buried in, underground, for millions of years. Now, for the first time… Read more


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