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In case you missed it, Stone Park at Maropeng was a blaze of colour for the second annual Cradle Colour Fest in September. Musical stars Sho Madjozi and DJ Dino Bravo we among the headlining acts at the day-long music festival.

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Coming to America: South African fossils edition

An incredible journey has begun! For the first time ever, South African fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site have arrived in the United States of America! South Africa’s very own Australopithecus sediba (Karabo) and Homo naledi (Neo) have travelled halfway across the globe to Dallas, Texas.


Humanity’s past, present and future meet in Maropeng’s #ANATOMY100 public outreach exhibition

The author Ayn Rand wrote that “the beauty of the human body is that it hasn’t a single muscle which doesn’t serve its purpose … there’s not a line wasted”. Find out more about the scientific marvel that is the human body at the fascinating #ANATOMY100 public outreach exhibit, which runs at Maropeng from 23 September to 5 October 2019.

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Celebrate your heritage in full colour at the Cradle Colour Fest

It’s that time of year again, when the dry grasses of the Cradle of Humankind slowly start to turn green and we start to feel that irrepressible energy of spring. It’s also the time of year when South Africans ponder our collective and individual identities during Heritage Month.

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‘The most amazing landscape in the world’: celebrating the ‘Cradle of Life’

Renowned environmentalist Vincent Carruthers launched his compelling new book at Maropeng this weekend. Carruthers and two remarkable speakers made compelling arguments for why the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is one of the most important areas in the world when it comes to understanding the story of life itself.

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Adventurer, archaeologist, anthropologist: meet Maropeng’s new curator

Keneiloe Molopyane could best be described as a bonafide adventurer. The archaeologist and biological anthropology PhD candidate is now also the new curator of the acclaimed museum at the Maropeng Visitor Centre.

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Ready to rock the Cradle?

This year’s Magalies Rocks the Cradle festival offers something for everyone - from art lovers to heritage junkies to foodies.

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A fossil hidden in plain sight in South Africa turns out to be a new dinosaur

Earlier this month, researchers at Wits University announced an amazing discovery: the fossil of a new South African dinosaur. The 200-million year old skull of Ngwevu intloko was found hidden in plain sight, mislabelled among dinosaur fossils that had been collected more than 30 years ago.

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Empowering young minds at Maropeng

We were thrilled to host a group of young people from The Bethany House Trust in Krugersdorp recently. The visit was part Maropeng’s corporate social investment work for the year.

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The never-ending story of the Cradle of Humankind

“The Cradle-Magaliesberg landscape is magnificent in the scope of what it tells us about evolution over all time. It is best known, of course, for the three-million-year-old hominin fossils discovered in the dolomitic caves. But there is much more to be found here than that,” says celebrated environmentalist Vincent Carruthers.

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The Maasai legend behind ancient hominin footprints in Tanzania

In 1976 paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey and other scientists reported that they’d found ancient hominin footprints at a site in Laetoli, northeastern Tanzania. The footprints were frozen in volcanic deposits from the Pliocene, an epoch that lasted from 5.333 million to 2.58 million years ago.

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How to make the school holidays count

School’s out, and it’s that time of year when many parents are searching for worthwhile ways to keep their children occupied. Studies show that youngsters benefit most from holiday activities that fall into two categories.

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Shirts with a different fashion statement are coming to Maropeng

Maropeng is hosting a truly unique exhibition. The South African History Archive’s “Struggle T-shirt exhibition” to celebrate youth month and women’s month.

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The evolution of fatherhood

Last month, in celebration of Mother’s Day, we published a blog looking at how motherhood evolved in humans. This month, to recognise dads, we decided to look at the research around fathers.


Celebrate Africa Day, celebrate humanity

There arguably is no other place in the world that offers a stronger reminder of our common heritage than the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

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Uncle Kathy honoured with sculpture at Maropeng outdoor exhibition

A bronze sculpture of liberation hero Ahmed Kathrada has been unveiled as part of the Long March to Freedom open-air exhibition at Maropeng.


Celebrating 20 years of World Heritage status

The Cradle of Humankind’s unique tourism offering was in the spotlight in Durban last week, as a special event at Africa’s Travel Indaba was held to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of its inscription as a UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage Site.

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The evolution of motherhood

What makes human mothers different? As we gear up for Mother’s Day 2019, we took a look at the concept of “motherhood” and what it means for the human race.

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Spend quality time with mom at Maropeng this Mother’s Day

What better way to spoil the mom in your life this Mother’s Day than with a delicious lunch at Maropeng’s Tumulus Restaurant?

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Maropeng guides to go the extra mile in iconic ‘vellies’

All the tour guides working at Maropeng and its Long March to Freedom open-air exhibition are sporting new shoes, thanks to a generous sponsorship from South Africa’s Veldskoen shoes brand.

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Cuban vice president visits Maropeng

Inez Maria Chapman Waugh, the Vice President of Cuba, visited Maropeng with a delegation of 28 guests on Saturday 30 April for a tour of the Almost Human and Long March to Freedom exhibitions.

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Martin Luther King Jnr joins the Long March to Freedom

The statue of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jnr, American civil rights and social justice activist, revolutionary leader, Baptist minister and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has been added to the Long March to Freedom exhibition at Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind.


Conferencing at Maropeng ticks all the boxes

Thanks to a choice of two distinctly different venues, Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind, is ideally positioned to offer conferencing for large groups of delegates or for more intimate gatherings – an hour’s drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg.

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Five things to do at Maropeng to keep the children entertained during the school holidays

It’s already that time of the year again. School holidays are here and parents need to find activities to keep the children entertained. If you’re looking for things to do, then Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind, is the best place to visit.