Our environment

Maropeng ensures that the bush and grasslands surrounding the Tumulus building environment are kept as natural as possible

The Maropeng Visitor Centre is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and has a number of internal policies in place to ensure that its business practices are as eco-friendly as possible.

These green strategies involve the use of a number of extensive waste management systems, including the recycling of waste and water. A series of complex wetland systems process impurities in water, allowing it to be re-used for irrigation purposes.

As a World Heritage Site, Maropeng welcomes more than 250,000 visitors to the Cradle of Humankind each year.

Running an award-winning tourist attraction requires a staff contingent of almost 100 dedicated people and a lot of energy.

Being a World Heritage Site is an honour and Maropeng is setting the green standard for other businesses and industries to follow.

By highlighting the eco-friendly work that is done in the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng hopes to inspire visitors to follow their example and encourage them to consider their ecological footprint and think of ways to conserve the environment.

Read more in the articles below about the eco-friendly initiatives that the Maropeng Visitor Centre has implemented in its daily operations.

Five ways to care for our planet this holiday

This time of year is filled with excitement and Harry, Maropeng’s spokeshominid, is excited too about all the ways we can care for our planet over the holiday.

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Harry the Hominid’s green tips for the festive season

Think before you buy this festive season. We only have one earth and everything we do impacts on the state of our planet. There are many ways to enjoy a green festive season, and I’ve found 12 tips to help you have a planet-friendly holiday.

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UN panel: time is running out to tackle climate change

The looming threat of climate change has been on the radar of world governments for years, but, the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found that extremely slow progress in tackling pollution means that humanity is running out of options to curb the potentially catastrophic effects of global warming.

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Earth is into its sixth mass extinction, say scientists

It is generally accepted in the scientific community that our planet has experienced at least five mass extinctions since life began, and that the sixth has already begun.

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Recycle tins and cans, says Harry the Hominid

Recycling food tins and beverage cans makes good “cents”, says Harry the Hominid. “Not only does recycling save the environment, but it can earn you a little pocket money too.”

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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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