• The exhibition

    See how our ancestors developed over the past few million years

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  • WHAT'S ON

    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

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Dear Guest,
Please note that as of 01 April 2016 the Maropeng visitors centre tour together with the Sterkfontein caves tour and facilities will no longer operate on Mondays (except for Public Holidays and school holidays when we will remain open for your edutainment).

News

More than 250-million years ago, something huge happened to the Earth: the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction (PTME), which wiped out almost all of the planet’s species. Now a group of scientists… Read more

Join us at our July stargazing event as we commemorate the first human lunar landing on 20 July 1969.

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After five long years journeying through the vastness of space, NASA’s Juno spacecraft is revealing details about the biggest planet in our solar system: Jupiter.

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A new paper has been published about the pioneering use of 3D scanning technology in the discovery of the Homo naledi fossils.

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