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#Black­Fri­day spe­cials at Maropeng

We’ve got two great dis­counts to offer you today only — 50% off com­bined tick­ets to Maropeng and the Sterk­fontein Caves and a lux­u­ry night away at the Maropeng Bou­tique Hotel.

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Maropeng wins Trip­Ex­pert award

The Maropeng Vis­i­tor Cen­tre has been announced as a win­ner of a cov­et­ed Trip​Ex​pert​.com Experts’ Choice award, based on reviews by jour­nal­ists and trav­el writ­ers from around the world.

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Joburg Today explores the Almost Human’ exhibition

Watch local sta­tion, Joburg Today’s, take on the brand-new exhi­bi­tion that’s just opened at Maropeng.


An incred­i­ble oppor­tu­ni­ty awaits at Swartkrans

It’s safe to say that with­out the dis­cov­ery of fire, you would not be read­ing this. Learn­ing how to har­ness this ener­gy was immense­ly impor­tant for humankind – just stop for a minute and think where we might be with­out it …

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Maropeng – a unique matric farewell venue

Book your school’s matric farewell at Maropeng and make it a mem­o­rable night for all.


UN throws a spot­light on slums for Habi­tat Day

Unit­ed Nations Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al Ban Ki-moon says world lead­ers must give a voice to com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in infor­mal set­tle­ments, as the UN marks World Habi­tat Day today, 6 Octo­ber 2014.

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Choose your next trav­el des­ti­na­tion with the envi­ron­ment in mind

Sep­tem­ber is Clean-up SA Month which means our focus is once again on stay­ing green, recy­cling and sav­ing our beau­ti­ful plan­et. Talk about sav­ing the envi­ron­ment often becomes so emo­tion­al­ly charged and the scale of the prob­lem is so enor­mous that it leaves one feel­ing help­less and exhaust­ed. This time how­ev­er there is some good news.


Maropeng now on Instagram

With its pic­turesque sur­round­ings (the vision of a tumu­lus mound emerg­ing from hills of abun­dant flo­ra), epic land­scape and out­stand­ing fos­sil exhi­bi­tion, Maropeng is an Instagrammer’s dream. Here vis­i­tors can learn about humankind’s jour­ney to the present as they inter­act with a fun and tac­tile exhi­bi­tion – and guests are invit­ed to share their expe­ri­ences on Instagram.
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The evo­lu­tion of the brrr fac­tor’: hominin devel­op­ment in cold weather

Human evo­lu­tion coin­cid­ed with long peri­ods of severe envi­ron­men­tal changes, includ­ing mas­sive shifts in tem­per­a­ture. When trac­ing our ori­gins in a place like Maropeng, the offi­cial vis­i­tor cen­tre for the Cra­dle of Humankind Her­itage site, espe­cial­ly on a win­ter morn­ing with ice in the air, one has to won­der how humans with their rather piti­ful pelts did in fact man­age to sur­vive through so many cen­turies of cold.


Skele­tons in the clos­et: Maropeng Mur­der Mystery

Join foren­sic anthro­pol­o­gy expert Dr Patrick Ran­dolph-Quin­ney and Maropeng’s Bone Detec­tive, Bren­don Billings, for an evening of mur­der, mys­tery and foren­sic anthro­pol­o­gy at Maropeng this August.

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FW de Klerk – anoth­er step on a nev­er-end­ing journey

Nobel Peace Lau­re­ate and for­mer pres­i­dent FW de Klerk was at Maropeng on 29 July 2014 to imprint his foot­print, in cel­e­bra­tion of the com­mon ances­try of all peo­ple alive today.

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Wits hosts biggest gath­er­ing of South­ern African fos­sil hunters

The biggest gath­er­ing of pro­fes­sion­al and ama­teur palaeon­tol­o­gists in South­ern Africa will take place this com­ing week­end (1114 July 2014) at Wits Uni­ver­si­ty, when the Palaeon­to­log­i­cal Soci­ety of South­ern Africa (PSSA) con­verges for its 18th Bien­ni­al Conference.

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Kids take a trip back in time at Maropeng’s Vis­i­tor Centre

Pre­his­toric humans, fos­sils and a glimpse of Earth thou­sands of years ago kept the learn­ers of Mon­aghan Montes­sori School enthralled as they recent­ly toured Maropeng’s Vis­i­tor Centre.
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Why Homo sapi­ens fathers deserve Father’s Day

There is no doubt that there are aspects about humans that make us spe­cial in the ani­mal king­dom – our fathers are one of these.

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Sterk­fontein Caves award­ed Tri­pAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Excellence

Tri­pAd­vi­sor trav­ellers have once again rat­ed the Sterk­fontein Caves as a must-see des­ti­na­tion when in South Africa, result­ing in the attrac­tion receiv­ing a Tri­pAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Excellence.

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Sterk­fontein Caves receive Tri­pAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Excellence

The peo­ple have spo­ken and Tri­pAd­vi­sor has award­ed the Sterk­fontein Caves with a befit­ting Cer­tifi­cate of Excellence.
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Nom­i­nate your top Maropeng tour guide today

Don’t for­get to nom­i­nate and vote for your favourite Maropeng tour guide today. There are only a few days left before the dead­line, so why not vote right now?


Maropeng fea­tures in Fair Trade Tourism toolk­it for South Africa

Fair Trade Tourism and Dr Xavier Font at Respon­de­co (Leeds Met­ro­pol­i­tan Uni­ver­si­ty, Unit­ed King­dom), experts on mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty in tourism, have been work­ing on an excit­ing new toolk­it for tourism busi­ness­es, titled Keep It Real South Africa.

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A fab­u­lous food gar­den for Maloney’s Eye School

To sup­ple­ment learn­ers’ meals with organ­ic veg­eta­bles, Flow Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in con­junc­tion with Maropeng, the offi­cial vis­i­tor cen­tre of the Cra­dle of Humankind, has plant­ed a food gar­den at Maloney’s Eye Pri­ma­ry School.

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Maropeng plants food gar­den at Maloney’s Eye School

Locat­ed in the Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site, Maloney’s Eye Pri­ma­ry is where over 300 chil­dren from pover­ty-strick­en back­grounds come to learn, despite fac­ing almost insur­mount­able social challenges.
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Moth­ers: the anthro­po­log­i­cal sav­iour of the human species

On 11 May the world cel­e­brates Mother’s Day, a lov­ing trib­ute to the lady we call Mom”. At Maropeng we’d like to hon­our the palaeoan­thro­pol­gi­cal evo­lu­tion of moth­er­hood, and recog­nise the role ear­ly moth­er­ing played in the preser­va­tion of humankind.

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Maropeng and Reach for a Dream grant young Stefan’s wish

Sev­en-year-old Ste­fan Greef’s wish has always been to explore the Cra­dle of Humankind and live his dream of one day becom­ing a palaeoan­thro­pol­o­gist, crawl­ing through caves and dis­cov­er­ing fossils.

Cradle Cycling Festival

Maropeng shout-out to all cycling enthusiasts

If you’re look­ing for some out­door fun this April and you’re an avid cycling enthu­si­ast, make sure you don’t miss the Cra­dle Cycle Fes­ti­val on 12 and 13 April, tak­ing place at Maropeng, the offi­cial vis­i­tor cen­tre to the Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site.