What’s happening at Maropeng this December?
There's something for everyone at Maropeng this December, from Stargazing and Bone Detectives to discounted entry tickets to Maropeng and Sterkfontein.
Online ticket sale
To celebrate the upcoming festive season, Maropeng is offering a discounted price on all online entry tickets to Maropeng and/or Sterkfontein purchased from 4 December 2013 until 12 January 2014.
Tickets can be bought through the Maropeng Shop only.
The discounted ticket prices are indicated below.
Child aged 5-14: R65
Child aged 5-14: R70
Child aged 5-14: R120
Please bring your reference number and/or your proof of purchase when you collect your tickets at either the Maropeng or Sterkfontein ticket offices. Combined tickets can only be redeemed at the Maropeng ticket office.
Please note that bookings for Saturday and Sunday cannot be made after 12h00 on the preceding day.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be transferred to another day.
Stargazing: Our summer skies
Explore the universe with Maropeng’s resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann. The Taurus-Orion region is one of the best “beginner” areas of the sky to start your astronomical journey.
The Great Orion Nebula is a vast cloud of dust and gas, a “stellar nursery”, where four hot young stars were recently formed. The Seven Sisters, or the Pleiades, is an open cluster consisting of about 480 infant stars. Rigel is a huge young blue star burning its nuclear fuels at a very fast rate. Betelgeuse is a giant red star that’s 10-billion years old, and coming to the end of its life.
Discover some amazing facts about the fascinating life cycle of the stars as we take a last look at our summer skies for the season.
Guests are encouraged to dress warmly and bring binoculars to participate in a laser-guided sky tour.
Weather permitting, the laser-guided binocular tour and stargazing through our large aperture telescopes will take place after dinner.
Age: All ages
Time and venues:
17h30 – Arrival and welcome drinks
18h00 – Stargazing presentation in the conference room
19h30 – Guests enjoy buffet dinner in Tumulus restaurant
Cost: The cost for this special evening, including the stargazing presentation and buffet dinner, is R230 per adult and R145 per child.
Please note that you will receive the itinerary via SMS the day before the event.
Join Maropeng’s Bone Detective, Brendon Billings, for an evening of fine dining and a robust discussion on the fascinating topic of paleoanthropology.
After a sumptuous dinner at the Maropeng Hotel restaurant, guests will gather in the lounge and have the opportunity to get to grips with some amazing fossil and bone casts.
Age: Adults only
Time: Starts at 18h00 with welcome drinks
Venue: Maropeng Hotel
Cost: R375 per person which includes welcome drinks, a three-course set menu and the presentation.
Should you wish to combine this event with a stay at the Maropeng Hotel, please contact Mmathabo Maine on 014 577 9000 or email@example.com to make a reservation.
Christmas Day at Maropeng: Join us for a merry lunch
Join us for Christmas Day celebrations at Maropeng, where we’ve got two lunch options available – a family-style buffet lunch and carvery at the Tumulus Restaurant, or a three-course plated meal with dessert buffet at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel.
The buffet includes delectable platters, salads, carvery and desserts to satisfy any palate.
Age: All ages
Time: 12h00 to 15h30
Venue: Tumulus Restaurant
Cost: R175 (children aged five to 14)
Fancy some fine dining on Christmas Day? The Maropeng Hotel is offering a three-course meal to celebrate the day.
The menu includes a starter of salmon, prawns and hummus, followed by a palate-cleansing sorbet. A choice of four mains will be on offer followed by an assortment of desserts, coffee, tea and handmade truffles to finish off the feast.
Age: All ages
Time: From 12h30
Venue: Hotel restaurant
Cost: R250 (children 5-14 years)