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Scientist, storyteller, textbook writer: meet our new curator

Kimberleigh Tommy’s curiosity about the past started with a childhood fascination with Egypt. The idea of piecing together the story of a people by carefully examining what they left behind was intriguing. But was this a viable career option for her? She didn’t think so. However, Tommy, now a fully fledged biological anthropologist, proved herself wrong. She has just been appointed curator at the Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves Visitor Centres.

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Got a question? Here’s our Covid-19 FAQ

We’ve put together an FAQ to help you plan your trip to our sites in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site in Gauteng, South Africa.

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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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Five things to do at Maropeng to keep the children entertained during the school holidays

It’s already that time of the year again. School holidays are here and parents need to find activities to keep the children entertained. If you’re looking for things to do, then Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind, is the best place to visit.

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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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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.

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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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How to plan your Maropeng and Sterkfontein adventure

As the holiday season approaches, visitors from around the world are planning their trips to top attractions like Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves. Here’s how you can have the best experience possible …

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How old is Little Foot really?

Little Foot, the almost complete, fossilised skeleton of an early form of the human ancestor Australopithecus, was hailed as one of the most remarkable discoveries ever in the field of palaeoanthropology when it was found deep inside a Sterkfontein cave. Recent scrutiny by experts made Little Foot the oldest known hominid from the Cradle of Humankind.