News – Media Releases

Maropeng welcomes local music legend

Local veteran and world-renowned musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse took time out of his busy schedule this week to visit and experience the Maropeng Hotel.  The well-loved and respected entertainer enjoyed a mid-week break at the luxurious 4-star Hotel, situated in the beautiful and tranquil Cradle of Humankind.

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Responsible Tourism Mobile App now available to green travellers

It’s here - the Apple Green Globe App – and Maropeng is among South Africa’s hottest green tourist attractions looking to benefit from this recently-launched app. 

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New water conservation technology at Sterkfontein Caves

Friday, September 16 is National Recycling Day and Maropeng is excited to celebrate it in light of the new ozone wastewater purifications system recently constructed at the Sterkfontein Caves. This innovative new system utilises ozone from the atmosphere to accelerate the breaking down of solids by bacteria and also to sterilise water. It was designed to replace Sterkfontein’s septic tanks and provide a far more eco-friendly solution to waste management in the area.

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Maropeng leads the way in greening initiatives

With sustainability being foremost on political and business agendas around the world, going green and the importance of recycling is at last being taken seriously by businesses and industries in South Africa. One that is leading the way and has been at the forefront of innovation when it comes to setting the green standard is award-winning tourist attraction, Maropeng.

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Groundbreaking research into new Australopithecus Sediba fossils revealed

Yesterday, September 8, saw an exclusive media preview of rare new fossils found at the Malapa fossil site in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The media event was held at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Origins Centre in Johannesburg and Gauteng MEC of Economic Development Qedani Mahlangu and Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom were among the guests invited to view these phenomenal new discoveries.

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Sediba fossils return to Maropeng

This September sees the return of the two-million-year-old adult skeleton Australopithecus sediba (MH2) fossil to Maropeng. The two partial skeletons of a juvenile hominid male and an adult female were discovered by Professor Lee Berger of the University of Witwatersrand and his team in 2008.

 

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Maropeng an ideal destination for sustainable travellers

The tourism trade has a new breed of traveller, the sustainable traveller. What exactly is this new kind of traveller you may ask, who are they and what do they want? This niche market was recently defined by the international CMIGreen Traveller Study after research was conducted on the purchasing habits, travel behaviour, environmental commitment, expectations and motivations of 1, 736 self-defined, eco-conscious travellers. The study aims to provide information about this increasingly important niche segment and how stakeholders within the travel and hospitality industry can best serve their interests. 

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Kids take a trip back in time at Maropeng’s Visitor Centre

Prehistoric humans, fossils and a glimpse of Earth thousands of years ago kept the learners of St. Paulus enthralled as they recently toured Maropeng’s Visitor Centre.

Maropeng, in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, offers exciting tours and accommodation for school goers of all ages. Each guided tour at the Visitor Centre takes roughly an hour to complete and can accommodate groups of 35 children.

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Maropeng to host international chefs

On 31 August, 34 international chefs participating in the Bidvest World Chefs Tour Against Hunger will be arriving at Maropeng to experience first-hand not only the intriguing origins of our species but some of the best of local flavour.

The chefs will be taken on a tour of the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Visitor Centre, as well as treated to a uniquely South African meal prepared by Head Chef, Peter Langa.

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Sterkfontein Caves voted one of top 50 places to go in SA

A recent survey conducted by Toyota’s Zone Magazine saw the now legendary Sterkfontein Caves coming in as one of the top 50 places to go in the country with a Toyota. The survey took place as part of Toyota’s upcoming 50th birthday, and considering its age in the grander evolutionary scheme of things the brand can be considered a mere infant really when taking into account that scientists have discovered many hominid and animal fossils, dating back more than 4-million years, to the birth of humanity within the caves.

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