Historic new Homo naledi discoveries unveiled at Maropeng

A new historic chapter of the Homo naledi saga has been unveiled at Maropeng today. Scientists from around the world, who were behind the landmark discovery of the new species, Homo naledi in 2015, have announced new discoveries from the Rising Star Cave system – the richest fossil hominin site in Africa.

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Maropeng stars in this ‘cosmic’ Johnny Clegg music video

  • March 06, 2017 | Stuart Buchanan | Category: News

Have you seen the music video for Johnny Clegg’s Take My Heart Away remix, released last year?

If not, check it out here – it’s a beautiful story of a young township boy who dreams big and aims for the stars.

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Attention all twitchers! Spend a weekend birdwatching at Maropeng

  • March 01, 2017 | Category: News

Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, is fast becoming a popular spot for those interested in birdkind.

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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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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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