The magnificent Maropeng Conference Centre is located inside the iconic Maropeng Visitor Centre in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, a mere hour’s drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg. The location is perfect for an intensive strategy session or a small executive getaway close to the city.

Our state-of-the-art conference centre is just a short walk from the elegant boutique Maropeng Hotel, which offers guests and delegates some of the best views in Gauteng, attentive four-star service, and a fabulous dining experience.

We are committed to ensuring that your conference or team getaway is a memorable experience and we offer a range of additional services to meet your needs. Whether you and your team need to be collected or dropped off, or would like to meet some of our world-renowned scientists and hear some of their stories over a relaxed dinner, we can make it happen.

At the Maropeng Conference Centre, we have a dedicated events team who are experienced at turning your conference, strategy session or team-building event into an unforgettable experience. With a variety of seating options, state-of-the-art facilities and full catering amenities, our venue is ideal for a small, intimate meeting or an event hosting up to 500 delegates.

Our real speciality is small getaways that include a night or two away from home, in our 24-room hotel.

In addition to our sophisticated conferencing facilities and luxurious hotel, we also have a host of activities to keep you and your guests entertained either before or after your conference.

For those with an interest in human development, the Maropeng Visitor Centre invites guests to go on an adventurous journey of discovery through ancient times, and to consider the journey that humankind and our ancestors have taken over the past 7-million years or so. In addition, the Sterkfontein Caves – the most significant hominid fossil site in the Cradle of Humankind – is just a short drive away. We also offer guests walking tours to active digs providing an often exciting, first-hand experience of a palaeontological dig.

Alternatively, you can treat your guests to a breathtaking hot-air balloon ride over the beautiful Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg mountains, or simply relax after a productive day of meetings while sipping cocktails on the deck and watching the sun slip behind the mountains.

Soon we will be adding game drives to our already impressive list of activities, giving you and your guests a fabulous opportunity to experience our wildlife just an hour from the city.

We offer a variety of packages and with our events teams, unique combination of facilities, entertainment options and exclusive accommodation, we are sure to be able to provide you and your guests with an outstanding executive getaway and conference experience.

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Entertainment for delegates

Before, during or after the conference, take your guests on an adventurous journey of discovery, through the ancient past, right up to the present and beyond. The adventure through the exhibition starts with an underground boat ride that takes them back four billion years in geological time, through some of the most basic elements that make up our world: water, air, fire and earth. 

But the journey doesn’t stop there. Still to come is the birth of the Cradle of Humankind, the path to humanity, a reflection on what makes us uniquely human today, and so much more.

At the end of a hectic day, there’s time to sip cool cocktails and enjoy delicious meals prepared by the executive chef, on the deck that overlooks the purple-tinged Witwaterberg and Magaliesberg mountains.

Executive Conference Packages

Half-day package

Maropeng is just an hour’s drive from both Pretoria and Johannesburg, which makes it the perfect location for a half-day conference or strategy session in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind. Our half-day conference package includes the use of our state-of-the-art conference centre for half a day, refreshments on arrival, tea and a delicious buffet lunch on the deck overlooking the magnificent Magaliesberg Mountains.

Full-day package

The full-day conference package at the Maropeng Conference Centre offers good value for money with full use of the conference centre and all its facilities. This package includes refreshments on arrival, morning and afternoon tea, as well as a delicious buffet lunch at the Tumulus Restaurant, with its impressive views across the Cradle of Humankind.

36 hours at Maropeng

This package is ideal for companies or organisations that are looking to host a one and a half day conference with exclusive use of the Boutique Maropeng Hotel and two delicious meals prepared by our executive chef.

This package includes conference centre facilities for one and a half days including welcoming refreshments, tea and coffee and two delicious buffet lunches at the Tumulus Restaurant.

Combined tour package

Are you looking for a unique conference itinerary that combines a traditional conference and a fun activity? Then the combined tour package is the perfect option for your business or organisation.

This package combines the use of the conference facilities for one and a half days, plus one night’s accommodation at the luxurious Maropeng Hotel. Guests are then taken on an informative tour of the Maropeng Visitor Centre, as well as a tour of the Sterkfontein Caves, the most significant fossil site in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

Sundowners package

The sundowners package offers conference delegates a fantastic full-day conference experience just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

The sundowners package includes the use of our fully equipped conference venue plus refreshments on arrival, morning and afternoon tea, and a delicious buffet lunch at the Tumulus Restaurant. Delegates can then relax while sipping on cocktails and watching the sun set over the beautiful Cradle of Humankind.

Stargazing package

After a full day of interesting discussions at Maropeng’s fully equipped conference venue, the stargazing package provides delegates with an educational yet entertaining presentation on the southern skies by our resident astronomer, Vincent Nettman. Thereafter, guests can enjoy drinks and a scrumptious three-course dinner at the restaurant in the boutique Maropeng Hotel.

This package includes refreshments on arrival, morning and afternoon tea, a delicious buffet lunch at the Tumulus Restaurant as well as dinner and overnight accommodation at the boutique Maropeng Hotel.

Sundowners and tour package

Need to unwind after a productive day of conferencing? How about sundowners and tour package that allows delegates an opportunity to network or simply have fun, while learning about the history of humankind during a guided tour of the Maropeng Visitor Centre?

That’s not all; the package also includes all conferencing requirements – refreshments on arrival, morning and afternoon tea and a delicious buffet lunch – plus sundowners as you watch the sun set behind the beautiful Cradle landscape.

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Conferencing facilities are also available at the Sterkfontein Caves.

Visitor Information

Opening times

Maropeng 09h00 - 17h00 every day

(Please note that Maropeng will be closed on Thursday, 26 July 2018 for a private event) 

Sterkfontein Caves 09h00 - 17h00 every day

Rates and specials


Adults: R120 | Children (under 18): R65
Children under 4: free
Pensioners: R65 (for both sites)
Students: R75
School groups: R65 per pupil

Sterkfontein Caves

Adults: R165 | Children (under 18): R97
Children under 4: free
Pensioners: R65 (for both sites)
Students: R100
School groups: R90 per pupil

Combination ticket

Adults: R190 | Children (under 18): R125

Pensioners: R65 

School groups: R120 per pupil

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Please note: No pets are allowed at Maropeng and Sterkfontein. Service dogs and guide dogs are the exception

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