What’s happening at Maropeng this October?

  • September 30, 2013

From stargazing to walking tours of Swartkrans and Cooper’s Cave, there’s something for everybody at Maropeng this October.

Cooper's Cave picnic and tour
5 October 2013

There's no better way to teach your children something new than by letting them experience it first-hand; and there's not much to beat Cooper's Cave, a living fossil museum.

"You walk through the site and literally see hundreds of fossils embedded in the rocks around you! It's an incredible experience," says Christine Steininger, tour leader and palaeoanthropologist associated with the Palaeosciences Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Christine's passion for human evolution and fossils, along with her wealth of knowledge about this remarkable landscape, add great value to every tour she conducts.

The day's activities include a walking tour that describes the environment past and present, an interactive fossil and site talk, exploring Cooper’s Cave, searching for fossils in recently excavated deposits and learning how to make stone tools.

Cooper's Cave is an easy 1.2km walk from Sterkfontein Caves, which makes it an ideal family outing. A picnic rounds off an exciting day of outdoor activities.

Event details and itinerary

Age: All ages
Time: 09h00
Venue: Meet at the Sterkfontein Caves at 09h00. Walk together to Cooper’s Cave site
Cost: The cost of the tour, which includes a picnic lunch, is R375 per adult and R150 for children up to the age of 14
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Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jersey, torch, hat, sunscreen and camera.

Should you wish to combine your tour with a stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, please contact Mmathabo Maine on +27 (0)14 577 9000 or mmathabom@maropeng.co.za to make a reservation.

Stargazing: Journey to the edge of the universe
5 October 2013

What is the universe? Where and how did it begin? When and how will it end? Astronomers look to the stars and beyond for answers to these vexing questions. Astronomy is the oldest science known to man, yet is still the most advanced science of today.

Our resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann, invites you to join him on a fascinating voyage of discovery to the very edge of the universe.

After dinner, you are invited to participate on a laser-guided binocular tour while stargazing through our large aperture telescopes. Please note that stargazing through telescopes is subject to weather conditions.

Event details and itinerary

Please note that you will receive the itinerary via SMS the day before the event.
Age: All ages
Time and venue: 17h30 – welcome drinks at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel Reception Nave
18h00 – Stargazing presentation in the designated conference room
19h30 – Buffet dinner in the restaurant
Cost: The cost for this special evening, including the stargazing presentation and buffet dinner, is R230 per adult and R145 per child (four to 14 years)
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Guests are advised to bring their own binoculars and dress warmly.

Should you wish to combine this event with a stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, please contact Mmathabo Maine on +27 (0)14 577 9000 or mmathabom@maropeng.co.za to make a reservation.

Bone Detectives
19 October

Join dynamic and upcoming young scientist Brendon Billings for an evening of fine dining and superb discussion on the fascinating topic of palaeoanthropology.

After a sumptuous dinner at the Maropeng Hotel restaurant, guests gather in the lounge to talk about all things bones, with an opportunity to get to grips with some amazing fossil and bone casts.

Brendon will also include a historical review of pioneers in the field of palaeoanthropology. including a discussion dedicated to Professor Phillip Tobias.

"The evening is an interactive talk with many practical examples, so no lectures, just fun!" he
says.

Event details and itinerary

Age: Adults only
Time: 18h00 with welcome drinks
Venue: Maropeng Boutique Hotel
Cost: R375 per person which includes welcome drinks, a three-course set menu and the presentation
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Should you wish to combine this event with a stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, please contact Mmathabo Maine on +27 (0)14 577 9000 or mmathabom@maropeng.co.za to make a reservation.

Swartkrans Walking Tour
26 October

One of the Cradle's richest fossil sites, Swartkrans is usually closed to the public. But on these tours, small groups have a rare opportunity to observe an active palaeontological dig and will be guided around the site by Dr Morris Sutton, who is currently excavating there.

Swartkrans has yielded the largest sample of Paranthropus robustus and it is also significant for the discovery of the earliest evidence of the use of controlled fire in Southern Africa, dating back 1-million years.

Event details and itinerary

Age: Adults only
Time: 09h00
Venue: Meet at the Sterkfontein Caves with Dr Morris Sutton before walking to Swartkrans
Cost: The cost of the tour is R375 per person and includes a light picnic lunch
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Please note that this tour will only go ahead if there is a minimum of seven people booked.

Should you wish to combine this event with a stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, please contact Mmathabo Maine on +27 (0)14 577 9000 or mmathabom@maropeng.co.za to make a reservation.

For more information on costs, events, bookings and essential requirements, call us on +27 (0)14 577 9000 or visit the Maropeng shop online

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