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Snap a self­ie with the heroes and icons of democ­ra­cy at Maropeng

The Long March to Free­dom pub­lic art exhi­bi­tion, com­pris­ing almost 100 bronze stat­ues of South African strug­gle stal­warts cre­at­ed by local artists, can be viewed at Maropeng until mid-2019.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the Gem­i­nid mete­or shower

Arm­chair astronomers in South Africa will have their eyes to the skies at mid­night tonight to catch a glimpse of the Gem­i­nid mete­or show­er, the annu­al phe­nom­e­non NASA calls the last and strongest mete­or show­er of the year. 

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Five rea­sons why Maropeng needs to be on your itin­er­ary this December

Putting togeth­er hol­i­day plans? Here are five rea­sons why Maropeng should def­i­nite­ly be on your list of things to do …

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Cel­e­brate Christ­mas in the Cra­dle in 2018

Take the stress out of Christ­mas lunch by treat­ing the fam­i­ly to a deli­cious feast at one of Gauteng’s most icon­ic des­ti­na­tions. There’s a lit­tle some­thing for every­one on our menu.

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Explore the Dinale­di Cham­ber in vir­tu­al reality

The stones and bones dis­cov­ered in the Cra­dle of Humankind have tak­en researchers, stu­dents and explor­ers back in time, pro­vid­ing great his­tor­i­cal insight. But now, researchers in the Cra­dle of Humankind have set their sights on the future by intro­duc­ing immer­sive tech­nol­o­gy in the form of a vir­tu­al real­i­ty app that offers a pal­pa­ble expe­ri­ence of the Dinale­di Chamber.

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The best ver­sion of Shape of You’ you’ll ever watch

Maropeng recent­ly pro­vid­ed the back­drop for a beau­ti­ful South African ver­sion of British singer Ed Sheeran’s hit, Shape of You. It was per­formed by the Ndlovu Youth Choir and flute play­er Wouter Kellerman. 

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Star struck from a young age: Vin­cent Nettmann, Maropeng’s res­i­dent astronomer

Vin­cent Nettmann, like so many oth­er astronomers, was cap­tured by the idea of map­ping out the moon and stars at a very young age. From the time of the Apol­lo 11 moon land­ing, Nettmann want­ed to have a clos­er look into space.

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PICS: Check out the scenes at the Cra­dle Colour Fest

Maropeng’s Stone Park was a blaze of colour on Mon­day dur­ing the inau­gur­al Cra­dle Colour Fest. Here are some of our favourite pics from the event …


The Blom­bos Cave dis­cov­ery and the ori­gins of symbolism

A new dis­cov­ery in Blom­bos Cave in the West­ern Cape pos­es fas­ci­nat­ing ques­tions about the ori­gins of mod­ern human behaviour. 


Cra­dle Colour Fest VIP tick­et com­pe­ti­tion — Terms and Conditions

Here are the terms and con­di­tions for our VIP tick­et give­away on Facebook

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A feast of tal­ent in store for the Cra­dle Colour Fest

Musi­cians, dancers, dee­jays and fash­ion design­ers are all part of the line-up for the inau­gur­al Cra­dle Colour Fest.

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Five rea­sons to come to the Cra­dle Colour Fest

Here’s why the Cra­dle Colour Fest should be top of your list when you’re con­sid­er­ing plans for Her­itage Day …


Lit­tle Foot’ offers lessons for the mod­ern world

Pro­fes­sor Ron Clarke talked to us about the sig­nif­i­cance of the most com­plete Aus­tralo­p­ithe­cus skele­ton ever found. Lit­tle Foot” was unveiled at Maropeng for an event on the side­lines of the BRICS Sum­mit last week.


BRICS lead­ers take a vir­tu­al tour of Maropeng

A strik­ing bal­let per­for­mance, a whirl­wind vir­tu­al tour and his­toric hand­prints were all part of a spe­cial BRICS event at Maropeng. The vis­it via satel­lite link was includ­ed in the BRICS Sum­mit, which took place in Johan­nes­burg this week.


Five fun things to do in the Cra­dle of Humankind in winter

Win­ter is in full swing and will be with us for some time. But while it may be icy out there, that’s real­ly no rea­son to hiber­nate. You’re invit­ed to come out and play. Come and vis­it the Cra­dle of Humankind to try out the fol­low­ing five fun things to do this winter.

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Maropeng’s new Stone Park

Maropeng’s beau­ti­ful new Stone Park was care­ful­ly designed to rep­re­sent humanity’s ori­gin sto­ry. Our MD, Michael Worsnip, writes about this con­tem­pla­tive, relax­ing new addi­tion to Maropeng’s grounds.

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Maropeng will be at EduWeek 2018!

Maropeng will be at EduWeek 2018 at the Tick­et­pro Dome next week. We’re look­ing for­ward to dis­cussing the kind of role that her­itage sites like the Cra­dle of Humankind can play in education.

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Treat Dad to a spe­cial day out this Father’s Day

Look­ing for a relax­ing day out with Dad this Father’s Day? We’ve got the per­fect idea for you. Bring him over to the Tumu­lus Restau­rant at Maropeng for a deli­cious Father’s Day buf­fet in a great setting.

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Read­ing the caves: learn­ing about South Africa’s his­to­ry through rock art

Prof. David Lewis-Williams is one of the world’s fore­most experts on rock art. We asked him what cave paint­ings tell us about South Africa’s heritage.

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Maropeng Bou­tique Hotel wins Tri­pAd­vi­sor accolade

The Maropeng Bou­tique Hotel has been award­ed a 2018 Cer­tifi­cate of Excel­lence from trav­el web­site Tri­pAd­vi­sor. The award is based on the pos­i­tive reviews the hotel has received.

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Fos­sil teeth reveal new facts about a mass extinc­tion 260-mil­lion years ago

Around 260-mil­lion years ago, the earth was dom­i­nat­ed by mam­mal-like rep­tiles called ther­a­p­sids. The largest of these ther­a­p­sids were the dinocephalians, a genus com­posed of sev­er­al her­biv­o­rous and car­niv­o­rous species. Then some­thing happened.


Get in touch with South Africa’s her­itage (sites)

South Africa has the sec­ond-high­est num­ber of World Her­itage Sites on the African con­ti­nent. Find out what they are and where they are, and start mak­ing plans to vis­it them. Unesco is offer­ing a great prize for the best picture.

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Enjoy tea, treats and qual­i­ty time this Mother’s Day

Look­ing for a way to spoil Mum this Mother’s Day? Look no fur­ther. We have three great events to choose from. And they come with the chance to win a great prize.

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New Deco Lounge offers a new expe­ri­ence at Sterkfontein

A new events space has been opened at the Sterk­fontein Caves: the Deco Lounge is a unique space in one of the most com­pelling sites in the Cra­dle of Humankind.