There's so much to learn at Maropeng

Teachers and learners will never forget their visit to the Cradle of Humankind visitor centre at Maropeng, incorporating the Sterkfontein Caves

The Maropeng Visitor Centre is housed in the Tumulus Building

Learning about brain development at the Maropeng Visitor Centre

Learners can view original fossils in the fossil display room at the Maropeng

Scholars learn about the formation of the Earth, 4.6-billion years ago

Fascinating and informative displays are a fun way for learners to find out about the past

Learners find out more about evolution in a fascinating display

Exhibits at the Maropeng Visitor Centre are highly interactive

The final exhibit at Maropeng encourages visitors to reflect on the human gift of creativity

The snakes and vines board is a fun way to learn about the threats and opportunies which hominids faced

Learners can discover more about Professor Robert Broom at Sterkfontein Caves

Learners can play in a group environment at Hominid House

A volleyball game gets all learners involved in a fun activity

Learners staying overnight are provided with dinner and breakfast as part of the package. Lunch is an optional extra.

Why Visit the Cradle of Humankind?

Teachers and learners will never forget their visit to the Cradle of Humankind and its two visitor centres – the main one packed with exciting, interactive exhibits at Maropeng, and a smaller one which is the gateway to the fascinating Sterkfontein Caves and their secrets about our past.

World Heritage Site

The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 because of the area’s exceptional contribution to our understanding of the history of humanity, over more than 3-million years. All together, there are 15 major fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind, of which Sterkfontein Caves is the most famous.

The fossils “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot” were both discovered at the Sterkfontein Caves, as well as thousands more fossils of hominids, which are human ancestors, as well those of plants and animals.

More hominid fossils have been found in the Cradle of Humankind than anywhere else on Earth.

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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