• April 02, 2013

Maropeng - the Official Visitors’ Centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site – is the ideal destination for all, whether guests are looking for a getaway to just relax and enjoy the fresh air, or an exhilarating adventure back into pre-historic times. A mere 45 minute drive from either Johannesburg or Pretoria, it offers fun, interactive and educational events on a monthly basis.

4 May: Our deep skies

Two thirds of all the stars we can see from Earth are concentrated in the southern region of the sky. On a perfect moonless evening, our large telescopes reveal the delicate structures of far away objects such as the sparkling stars in the colourful “Jewel Box” cluster. Observe massive clouds of dust and gas in the Eta-Carina nebula- a birth place of stars, see over 3 million stars in the brightest of the globular clusters - Omega Centauri. Join Maropeng’s resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann, for an informative dinner talk, illustrated with spectacular astro-photo images. Bring your binoculars with to participate on an after dinner laser guided star tour and large aperture telescopic star-gazing, subject to weather conditions. The event is suitable for adults only and starts at 18:00 at the Maropeng Hotel.

Guests are also able to combine the event with an overnight stay at the luxurious Maropeng Hotel for a special rate, which includes bed and breakfast. Guests are advised to dress warmly.


Until 5 May: Holiday Package

Maropeng is offering families an exciting holiday package which includes two adult combined tickets, two child combined tickets and two torches for the kids. Please note that tickets and torches can only be collected from Maropeng.

This is an online special only that can be booked through the Maropeng Shop.  Bookings can be made on the Maropeng Shop between Monday and Friday 12h00.
12 May: Mothers Day
Option 1 – Mother’s Day Maropeng Hotel
This Mother’s Day, spoil your mom with something really special. For a special rate treat her to a delicious three-course meal and a soothing, head and neck massage and kids can also get to enjoy the tasty delights of a set menu at an extremely affordable price. 

La Cigale, Maropeng’s in-house spa, will set up luxurious Bedouin tents on a deck overlooking one of the most breathtaking views in Southern Africa. So before or after lunch, mom can relax the way she deserves with a 15-minute head and neck massage. And for a special rate, anyone can purchase an additional head and neck massage so the whole family can celebrate one of the most important women in your life at the Maropeng Hotel.

Option 2 – Mother’s Day Tumulus Restaurant

Maropeng knows just the way you should celebrate this Mother’s Day.  Enjoy the carvery at a special rate for both adults and children. For just this Mother’s Day only, Tumulus is offering a choice of the kiddies menu at a reduced rate per child. With the focus being on mom, she’ll receive a delicious treat just for her to enjoy.

Please note: bookings are confirmed once paid in full, and are not refundable within 72 hours of arrival.

18 May: A dinner with Brendon Billings from the Bone Detectives Tour

After a sumptuous dinner at the Maropeng Hotel, enjoy an intimate discussion with up-and-coming scientist Brendon Billings, where he will reveal the secrets of our past and incredible fossil casts as well.

The event is suitable for adults only and will commence 18:00 with welcome drinks at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel. Guests can also combine the evening with a stay at the Maropeng Hotel for a special rate per person which includes bed and breakfast.

25 May: Swartkrans Picnic and Walking Tour
Swartkrans, one of the Cradle’s richest fossil sites, is usually closed to the public. But on these tours, small groups will have a rare opportunity to observe an active palaeontological dig and will be guided around the site by scientist Morris Sutton, who is currently excavating there. Swartkrans has yielded the largest sample of Paranthropus robustus, and it is also significant for the discovery of the earliest evidence of the use of controlled fire in Southern Africa, dating back 1-million years.

Costs include a light picnic lunch. Please note the tour will only go ahead if there are a minimum of seven people booked. Guests are also able to combine the event with an overnight stay at the luxurious Maropeng Boutique Hotel at a special rate.

Please note, this event is suitable for adults only and starts at 09:00 from the Sterkfontein Caves.

Ongoing: Kiddies’ Birthday Parties

Maropeng have put together a number of fun and educational kiddies’ birthday party packages. While parents relax and enjoy the splendour of their surroundings, the children will be entertained by a guided tour of the Sterkfontein Caves or Maropeng Visitor Centre followed by supervised party games. A number of optional party extras such as a birthday cake, lunch pack, lucky packet, jumping castle and child minders are also available.

The party packages cater for all ages. Time and venue being either at Sterkfontein Caves or Maropeng are to be confirmed with the booking.

For more information on costs, bookings and essential requirements, call us on
(014) 577 9000 or visit and click on shop.

Issued for and on behalf of Maropeng by Cathy Findley PR on (011) 463 6372 or email

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