• The exhibition

    Come see our world-famous exhibitions. Learn how our ancestors developed over million of years

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  • Conferencing

    Our state-of-the-art conference centre is perfect for a getaway conference close to the city

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  • Maropeng Hotel

    The Maropeng Hotel is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind

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  • School visits

    You will never forget your school trip to the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves

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Welcome home!

Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. By coming here, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home!

Before you visit us, take a look at our introductory video

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Maropeng Visitor Centre Reviews
Maropeng Visitor Centre Reviews

News

Here’s why the Cradle Colour Fest should be top of your list when you’re considering plans for Heritage Day ...

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Professor Ron Clarke talked to us about the significance of the most complete Australopithecus skeleton ever found. “Little Foot” was unveiled at Maropeng for an event on the sidelines of… Read more

A striking ballet performance, a whirlwind virtual tour and historic handprints were all part of a special BRICS event at Maropeng. The visit via satellite link was included in the… Read more

Maropeng’s beautiful new Stone Park was carefully designed to represent humanity’s origin story. Our MD, Michael Worsnip, writes about this contemplative, relaxing new addition to Maropeng’s grounds.

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