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Webinar - The age of emojis: from then to now to where we are going.

We are delighted to announce that we have joined forces with The Cradle of Human Culture, located in the Western Cape, to bring you a webinar titled “The age of emojis: from then to now to where we are going.

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Come drop in for #MagaliesRockstheCradle 2021

We have a some great events planned for the upcoming Magalies Rocks the Cradle Festival.


What’s on the menu for Father’s Day at Maropeng?

We’ve got a delicious spitbraai planned for Father’s Day this year. Here’s what’s on the menu.

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Enjoy a picnic at our beautiful Stone Park

Is there a better way to enjoy Gauteng’s fresh, crisp autumn and winter days than with a picnic outdoors, under blue skies in the Cradle of Humankind? Yes, there is: enjoying a picnic that’s already been packed with delicious treats for you. Here’s what’s on the menu.

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Eat out at Maropeng this Easter

Take a break this Easter, and bring the family out to lunch at Maropeng. We have delicious lunch options at our iconic Tumulus Restaurant and the Maropeng Boutique Hotel. If you’re looking for a day outdoors, you can enjoy a delicious picnic at Stone Park.

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Let’s talk fossils this #FossilFriday

We love connecting with you, so this #FossilFriday we’ve decided to do something a little different! Join our #FossilFriday live Twitter chat to talk about your favourite stones, bones and the fascinating stories around them. 💀

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Maropeng memories: how our site has been honouring our human rights

Human rights are the moral compass that has been guiding and nurturing human civilisation for centuries. They exist to encourage freedom of expression, ensure that people have access to basic necessities and protect us from all kinds of injustices.

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#MaropengTurns14: celebrate our significant discoveries – and win!

Since opening to the public back in 2005, Maropeng has fulfilled more than just its mandate of collecting, preserving and exhibiting items of historical importance.

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Conferencing at Maropeng: hosting inspiring events

“Remote” and “remarkable” – these are words used by delegates to describe Maropeng’s world-class conferencing facilities in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Over the years, the iconic Maropeng Visitor Centre has hosted a number of prestigious events, ranging from gala dinners to strategy sessions.

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Christmas Lunch at the Tumulus

Don’t worry about preparing your own Christmas feast this year. Bring your loved ones out to Maropeng’s Tumulus Restaurant, one of the most picturesque venues in Gauteng, and relax while we take care of the meal.

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#CradleColourFest2019 in pictures

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 were among the headlining acts at the day-long music festival.


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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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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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?


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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Revisit the origins of life and love at Maropeng this Valentine’s Day

What does Maropeng have in common with Valentine’s Day? Both are about displaying passion and reverence for preserving historic events that have changed our lives.

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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.


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 …

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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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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.