Choose your next travel destination with the environment in mind

September is Clean-up SA Month which means our focus is once again on staying green, recycling and saving our beautiful planet. Talk about saving the environment often becomes so emotionally charged and the scale of the problem is so enormous that it leaves one feeling helpless and exhausted. This time however there is some good news.

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Harry the Hominid at Cradlestone Mall

Cradlestone Mall has become home to Maropeng’s hairy ambassador, Harry the Hominid, for the month of September, highlighting the Cradle’s rich heritage during Heritage Month.

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Heritage Day combination ticket special: Come celebrate at Maropeng

Where better to spend Heritage Day than at Maropeng, the visitor centre in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site? Bring your friends and family along – for the whole day adults and children get 25% off the combination ticket price.

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Maropeng now on Instagram

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 learn about humankind’s journey to the present as they interact with a fun and tactile exhibition – and guests are invited to share their experiences on Instagram.

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Harry’s tips to turn your birthday party into an eco-friendly event

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 the Hominid, Maropeng’s spokeshominid.

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Help clean up South Africa this September

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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What’s happening at Maropeng this September?

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 site at Swartkrans? Be sure to book your place early, so you don’t miss out on these fabulous events taking place at Maropeng this month.

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Harry the Hominid at Cradlestone Mall

Not the type of hominid to miss out on developments taking place in his territory, Maropeng’s much-loved resident and friendly mascot, Harry the Hominid, is currently visiting Cradlestone Mall.

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The evolution of the ‘brrr factor’: hominin development in cold weather

Human evolution coincided with long periods of severe environmental changes, including massive shifts in temperature. When tracing our origins in a place like Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind Heritage site, especially on a winter morning with ice in the air, one has to wonder how humans with their rather pitiful pelts did in fact manage to survive through so many centuries of cold.

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