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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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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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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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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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Think­ing aloud: could tox­ic dig­i­tal addic­tion destroy your life?

The dig­i­tal age has many ben­e­fits, but have we con­sid­ered the way increas­ing amounts of screen time affect our health and wellbeing?

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Mrs Ples is prob­a­bly Mr Ples after all, research shows

The debate around the gen­der of one of South Africa’s most famous fos­sils has almost cer­tain­ly been set­tled. Mrs Ples, a Plio-Pleis­tocene fos­sil skull of Aus­tralo­p­ithe­cus africanus, is, accord­ing to the lat­est research by top South African researchers, prob­a­bly a young male”.

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Book your roman­tic Valentine’s Day getaway

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day get­away to one of the most his­toric and beau­ti­ful des­ti­na­tions in Gaut­eng. It’s bound to be memorable.

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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.


Get in touch with your musi­cal roots at Afropunk

With the inter­na­tion­al Afrop­unk fes­ti­val mak­ing its debut in Johan­nes­burg as 2017 draws to a close, what bet­ter time to not only get in touch with your musi­cal roots, but with your human her­itage too!

Sup­port for storm-hit Ori­ent Hills

Monday’s mas­sive storm dev­as­tat­ed the com­mu­ni­ty of the Ori­ent Hills infor­mal set­tle­ment in Krugers­dorp. If you’d like to offer sup­port to the affect­ed fam­i­lies, we’ve set up a col­lec­tion point at the Maropeng Vis­i­tor Centre.

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Maropeng bags Gaut­eng Lilizela con­fer­enc­ing award

Maropeng’s skill at host­ing world-class events received a nod in the provin­cial leg of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. The vis­i­tor cen­tre bagged the award for best four-star meet­ings, exhi­bi­tions and spe­cial events venue.

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Chal­lenge shines spot­light on Cra­dle of Humankind

The final­ists in Maropeng’s Africa is Home com­pe­ti­tion were treat­ed to a full-day, all-expens­es-paid expe­ri­ence at the Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site on Sun­day 23 July – and the win­ner, to be announced in the com­ing week, will walk away with a grand prize con­sist­ing of var­i­ous leisure and tourism spoils.
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Maropeng rakes in Tri­pAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Excel­lence award

The Maropeng Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, Maropeng Bou­tique Hotel and the Sterk­fontein Caves have once again been award­ed a Tri­pAd­vi­sor Cer­tifi­cate of Excel­lence. This is the fourth con­sec­u­tive year that Maropeng has received this award.

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Tell us why Africa is home – and WIN BIG!

Maropeng – the offi­cial vis­i­tor cen­tre of the Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site – is cel­e­brat­ing our human con­nec­tion to Moth­er Africa, our home, with a com­pe­ti­tion in which you can win fan­tas­tic prizes.
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Almost Human: a fas­ci­nat­ing exhi­bi­tion for kids of all ages

If ever there was an exhi­bi­tion to spark a child’s (and an adult’s) imag­i­na­tion about where we come from, it’s Almost Human, at the Maropeng Vis­i­tor Centre.

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Almost Human exhi­bi­tion opens its doors

If you’ve ever won­dered what it’s like to be an under­ground astro­naut”, unlock­ing the secrets of the ori­gins of human­i­ty, now’s your chance.