Join us for our Sunday Carvery

  • February 20, 2017 | Category: News

Join us every Sunday until 7 May 2017 for a delicious carvery special!

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Head or heart, stargazing touches us all

  • February 13, 2017 | Rebecca Nattar

Whether you believe in the power of the stars and planets or are one of those who simply enjoys marvelling at the night sky while pondering the science of it all, the fact is that astronomy has had a very real impact on human minds.

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Stare into the face of the oldest human ancestor

  • February 06, 2017 | Stuart Buchanan

It’s time to meet your potential great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great [this goes on for several thousand lines] grand-relative.

Do you see any resemblance?

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Book your Maropeng school trip for 2017

  • January 18, 2017 | Sue Blaine | Category: News

In a world where tolerance seems increasingly absent, a trip to Maropeng could be a perfect opener for the school year. Here, just a 90-minute trip from the centres of Johannesburg and Pretoria, children will learn that there is only one race – the human race.

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We’ve mapped the elements of life in our galaxy

  • January 16, 2017 | Stuart Buchanan | Category: News

There’s an old Carl Sagan quote that has gained popularity over the years, and one you’ve probably come across before on this very blog: “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff.”

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Book a romantic getaway at Maropeng this Valentine’s Day

  • January 13, 2017 | Category: News

A five-course dinner for two, an exclusive stargazing experience, a night at the exclusive Maropeng Boutique Hotel and a decadent champagne breakfast. If ever there was a list containing crucial ingredients for a memorable Valentine’s Day, this, surely, would be it.

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Join us for our first stargazing event of the year

  • January 12, 2017 | Category: News

Our enormously popular monthly stargazing events are back to fill you with wonder in 2017. Join us as we look at our summer skies on Saturday 28 January.

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Scientists locate a radio signal from deep space

  • January 05, 2017 | Sue Blaine | Category: News

Scientists have, for the first time ever, located the cosmological source of a sporadically repeating “fast radio burst” from more than 3-billion light years away.

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Things to do with kids in the Cradle of Humankind

  • December 20, 2016 | Sue Blaine | Category: News

The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1999 because of its global significance as the richest source of hominin fossils in the world. The 47 000ha site contains a complex of limestone caves where the fossils have been found. But an eye on human evolution is not the only reason to visit. Pack the kids in the car and drive just 90 minutes from Johannesburg or Pretoria to enjoy some of these activities.

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Tiny fossil hunter a rising star

  • December 14, 2016 | Sue Blaine | Category: News

A doll-sized fossil hunter has emerged from the Rising Star cave complex in the Cradle of Humankind with her own 3D-printed copy of a fossil, says palaeoanthropologist Lee Berger.

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