• 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

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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Maropeng will be at EduWeek 2018 at the Ticketpro Dome next week. We’re looking forward to discussing the kind of role that heritage sites like the Cradle of Humankind can… Read more

Looking for a relaxing day out with Dad this Father’s Day? We’ve got the perfect idea for you. Bring him over to the Tumulus Restaurant at Maropeng for a delicious… Read more

Prof. David Lewis-Williams is one of the world’s foremost experts on rock art. We asked him what cave paintings tell us about South Africa’s heritage.

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