We have a some great events planned for the upcoming Magalies Rocks the Cradle Festival.

Fireside Chat

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Our relationship with fire goes back to our earliest development as a species, with evidence of fire use found over 1-million years ago right here in the Cradle of Humankind.

From chance encounters with this precious element to eventually controlling and manipulating it, fire has long been an important part of our human journey.

Join our curator, Kimberleigh Tommy, for an experience that is deeply ingrained in our evolutionary history; share a meal and the company of others; and, of course, listen to the fascinating story of the star of the show – fire.

Date: Friday, 27 August

Venue: Hominin House, Maropeng

  • 6pm to 6.30pm: welcome drinks and snacks
  • 6.30pm to 7.15pm: talk by our curator
  • 7.15pm to 8.30pm: gourmet braai is served

Cost R375pp (excl. drinks).

To book contact Karabo Mphalo or Khumo Tstatsimpe on 014 577 900, or email:

Subject to availability. Ts & Cs apply.


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A dark, clear, moonless winter evening is the best time to explore the Milky Way.

Take a closer look at the Milky Way, also known as the “backbone of the sky” and the “Arch of the Heavens”, which consists of about 100-billion stars. Our resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann, will present a pre-dinner illustrated talk featuring our Milky Way galaxy.

The talk is a general look at the science of astronomy, presented in Nettmann’s “edu-taining” and easily understandable manner. After dinner, participate in a laser-guided binoculars tour while stargazing through our large-aperture telescopes (weather conditions permitting).

Dress warmly and bring your own binoculars. A delicious dinner is included. Price for the evening is R375pp (excl. drinks). Please don’t forget a jacket as the evenings are cold!

Date: Saturday, 28 August
Venue: Maropeng Boutique Hotel

  • 6pm to 6.30pm: arrival and welcome drinks
  • 6.30pm to 7.15pm: presentation
  • 7.15pm to 8.30pm: dinner
  • Stargazing after dinner

For further enquiries contact Karabo Mphalo on karabom@maropeng.co.za or 014 577 9000.

Subject to availability. Ts & Cs apply.

Book here.

Picnic at Stone Park

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Is there a better way to enjoy our crisp winter days than with a picnic outdoors, under blue skies of the Cradle of Humankind? Yes, there is: enjoying a picnic that’s already been packed with delicious treats for you.

You can pre-order a picnic basket for your day out at Maropeng and enjoy it at Stone Park, an idyllic park that is on our sprawling property in the Cradle of Humankind.

The cost is R550 for two people and includes a bottle of sparkling wine.

Make your booking by sending an email to Khumo Tsatsimpe (khumot@maropeng.co.za) or to Karabo Mphalo (karabom@maropeng.co.za), or call 014 577 9000.

Please note that picnic baskets from Maropeng are the only foods allowed at our picnic sites. This is for health and safety reasons.

Subject to availability. Ts and Cs apply.

Come stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel

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The Maropeng Hotel will be open for the weekend of Magalies Rocks the Cradle (27 to 29 August 2021).

Set overlooking the Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountains, the Maropeng Hotel offers attentive personal service, delicious gourmet meals and without doubt the best sunset in Gauteng!

  • R1 800.45 per couple per night B&B
  • R1 200.45 single per night B&B

For further enquiries contact tsholanangi@maropeng.co.za or call 014 577 9100.

Subject to availability. Ts & Cs apply.