Celebrate Heritage Day at Maropeng

  • September 16, 2009

On Thursday, September 24, celebrate your heritage at the birthplace of humankind, Maropeng.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind offers visitors the chance to see, firsthand, where humankind originated from. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa.


At Maropeng, the exhibition guides you through the beginnings of humankind and illustrates the effect we have on our planet – a great lesson to learn on the day we celebrate our heritage.

To mark Heritage Month,  Maropeng is offering an amazing accommodation special: guests who stay in the luxurious Maropeng Hotel will get breakfast, dinner and a tour included. Guest staying at the hotel on Heritage Day itself (Thursday, September 24) will be treated to complimentary tickets to the Magaliesburg Country Classic Festival. For more information on this special and to book online, please click here.

On Heritage Day, Maropeng is giving visitors the rare opportunity to meet Maropeng’s curator, Lindsay Marshall, as she takes you on a guided tour of the Visitors Centre. Lindsay will also give you a step-by-step guide of the new fossil display entitled Evolution: digging for an understanding. The display illustrates and explains the theory of evolution which was made famous by Charles Darwin. It’s an amazing, not-to-be-missed opportunity. For More information and to book online, please click here.

Visitors hungry from their tour of the exhibition, in the Visitors Centre, will get to indulge their appetites at the Tumulus Restaurant, where an amazing carvery special will be on offer. For more information and to book online, please click here.

For those in search of a relaxing afternoon, Maropeng has not forgotten about you. The Maropeng Hotel will be offering a soulful jazz lunch, where guests can take in the soothing sounds while surrounded by the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range. It’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon. For more information and to book online, please click here.

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