• 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!



Think before you buy this festive season. We only have one earth and everything we do impacts on the state of our planet. There are many ways to enjoy a… Read more

Maropeng turns 9 this month and to celebrate we’re inviting you to come pick up a free ticket to the Visitor Centre if your own birthday is this month. Just… Read more

07 December

Maropeng turns 9!

The Maropeng Visitor Centre in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site turns 9 this weekend. The centre’s been the backdrop of historic announcements, played host to international icons and… Read more

In October, we revealed exciting news about the Hominin House receiving a revamp. On 28 January 2015, guests will be invited to see the new and improved Hominin House.

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