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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.

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Historic new Homo naledi discoveries unveiled at Maropeng

A new historic chapter of the Homo naledi saga has been unveiled at Maropeng today. Scientists from around the world, who were behind the landmark discovery of the new species, Homo naledi in 2015, have announced new discoveries from the Rising Star Cave system – the richest fossil hominin site in Africa.

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10 questions about OSIRIS-REx, the world’s latest asteroid-sampling mission

On 8 September 2016, NASA embarked on its first asteroid-sampling mission, OSIRIS-REx, with a successful launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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Maropeng stars in this ‘cosmic’ Johnny Clegg music video

Have you seen the music video for Johnny Clegg’s Take My Heart Away remix, released last year? If not, check it out here – it’s a beautiful story of a young township boy who dreams big and aims for the stars.
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Attention all birders! Spend a weekend birdwatching at Maropeng

Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, is fast becoming a popular spot for those interested in birdkind.