A vis­it to the Sterk­fontein Caves in the Cra­dle of Humankind has always promised adven­ture. Now it promis­es even more.

The Sterk­fontein Deco Lounge was opened at the Sterk­fontein Caves Vis­i­tor Cen­tre last month, offer­ing a cre­ative, mul­ti­pur­pose space for those look­ing for a small events venue that’s decid­ed­ly dif­fer­ent. The caves are steeped in rich his­to­ry. In fact, they are the dra­mat­ic back­drop for piv­otal moments in the his­to­ry of palaeoanthropology.

The new Deco Lounge break­away and small con­fer­ence venue at #sterk­fontein­caves vis­i­tor cen­tre can acco­mo­date up to 26 peo­ple. With hand picked pieces this is an awe­some space. To book con­tact @MaropengSA #vis­it­gaut­eng #gplifestyle #maropeng pic​.twit​ter​.com/​C​v​7​J​n​YhrZh

— Neil Jans­son (@NeilJansson) 28 March 2018

Speak­ing at the open­ing of the new lounge, Antho­ny Paton, deputy direc­tor of mar­ket­ing at the Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site, paid trib­ute to the caves’ sto­ried past.

The his­to­ry of the Sterk­fontein Caves has spanned three cen­turies, dur­ing which time the site has been asso­ci­at­ed with a trea­sure chest of incred­i­ble fos­sils, remark­able sci­en­tists and unre­lent­ing intrigue,” he said. The Sterk­fontein Caves fea­ture promi­nent­ly in the illus­tri­ous careers of palaeoan­thro­po­log­i­cal icons like Robert Broom and Phillip Tobias. The caves are also where the world’s old­est com­plete Aus­tralo­p­ithe­cus skele­ton, Lit­tle Foot, was found.

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The new lounge caters for small events. (Image: Wani­ta Sparrow)

The new lounge at Sterk­fontein strives to encap­su­late a bygone style which enjoyed its hey­day around the same time that the caves rose to world promi­nence,” Paton told guests at the open­ing, describ­ing the space as com­pelling and well-conceived”.

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The look and feel of the space is a blend of art deco and African themes. (Image: Wani­ta Sparrow)

The Deco Lounge was con­cep­tu­alised by Maropeng’s MD, Michael Worsnip. His vision was to devel­op a cre­ative, mul­ti­pur­pose events space that also tells the sto­ry of the icon­ic World Her­itage Site and its pio­neers. The venue is an offer­ing for niche events rang­ing from exec­u­tive and cre­ative think tank” con­fer­ences to high teas, pri­vate din­ners and lunches.

For more infor­ma­tion or to make a book­ing, please call 014 577 9000 or send an email to website@​maropeng.​co.​za.