New Deco Lounge offers a new experience at Sterkfontein

  • April 10, 2018 | Thrishni Subramoney

A visit to the Sterkfontein Caves in the Cradle of Humankind has always promised adventure. Now it promises even more.

The Sterkfontein Deco Lounge was opened at the Sterkfontein Caves Visitor Centre last month, offering a creative, multipurpose space for those looking for a small events venue that’s decidedly different. The caves are steeped in rich history. In fact, they are the dramatic backdrop for pivotal moments in the history of palaeoanthropology.

Speaking at the opening of the new lounge, Anthony Paton, deputy director of marketing at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, paid tribute to the caves' storied past.

“The history of the Sterkfontein Caves has spanned three centuries, during which time the site has been associated with a treasure chest of incredible fossils, remarkable scientists and unrelenting intrigue,” he said. The Sterkfontein Caves feature prominently in the illustrious careers of palaeoanthropological icons like Robert Broom and Phillip Tobias. The caves are also where the world's oldest complete Australopithecus skeleton, Little Foot, was found.

The new lounge caters for small events. (Image: Wanita Sparrow)

“The new lounge at Sterkfontein strives to encapsulate a bygone style which enjoyed its heyday around the same time that the caves rose to world prominence,” Paton told guests at the opening, describing the space as “compelling and well-conceived”.

The look and feel of the space is a blend of art deco and African themes. (Image: Wanita Sparrow)

The Deco Lounge was conceptualised by Maropeng's MD, Michael Worsnip. His vision was to develop a creative, multipurpose events space that also tells the story of the iconic World Heritage Site and its pioneers. The venue is an offering for niche events ranging from executive and creative "think tank" conferences to high teas, private dinners and lunches.

For more information or to make a booking, please call 014 577 9000 or send an email to website@maropeng.co.za.

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