The magnificent Maropeng Conference Centre is located inside the iconic Maropeng Visitor Centre at 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.

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Maropeng Conference Centre

At the Maropeng Conference Centre, we have a dedicated events team who will turn 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 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 seven million years or so. In addition, the Sterkfontein Caves – the most significant hominid fossil site in the Cradle of Humankind – are just a short drive away. We also offer guests walking tours to active palaeontological digs, providing a first-hand experience of a dig that can be quite exciting. We also have a small conference facility at Sterkfontein Caves called the Sterkfontein Deco Lounge.

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.

Game drives will soon be added to our already impressive list of activities, giving you and your guests a fabulous opportunity to experience wildlife just an hour away 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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Click here to download the Maropeng Conference Centre’s four-star grading certificate, as issued by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.

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 busy 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 mountain range.

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.

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Conferencing facilities are also available at the Sterkfontein Caves.