Events at Maropeng

  • June 26, 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.

Until 14 July Holiday Package

Holiday Package includes two adult combined tickets and two children combined tickets and a special gift for the children. 

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June 29: 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.

Please note that the tour is for adults only, starts at 09:00am at the Sterkfontein Caves and includes a light picnic lunch.

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 for a special rate.

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20 July - Stargazing at The Maropeng Hotel:"Journey to the Moon"

Always presented nearest to 20 and 21 July (and depending on Moon Phases), we celebrate the day of the first human lunar landing in 1969.

Join Vincent Nettmann, Maropeng's resident astronomer, as he presents this popular illustrated talk. Using his scale model Apollo 11 rocket, he demonstrates how NASA made the first successful journey to the Moon's surface. "We have lift-off", "the Eagle has landed", "That's one small step for man ". What are the difficulties of human lunar exploration? How were they overcome? Did man really go to the Moon? What about the conspiracy theories?

The slightly shorter than usual dinner talk is followed by a 25 minute video featuring the best of the original NASA film clips. This event is really about "Rocket Science"!  Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to do some large aperture telescope viewing afterwards.

Please remember to dress warmly and bring your own binoculars.

Please note the event caters for adults only, commences with welcome drinks at 18:00pm at The Maropeng Boutique Hotel and includes the stargazing presentation and set menu. 

Guests are also able to combine the event with an overnight stay at the luxurious Maropeng Boutique Hotel for a special rate.

Book online now!

27 July: A dinner with Brendon Billings from the Bone Detectives Tour

After a sumptuous dinner at the Maropeng Boutique 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. Please note this tour is for adults only and commences with welcome drinks at 18:00pm at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel.

Guests can also combine the evening with a stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel for a special rate per person which includes bed and breakfast.

Book online now!

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 and is available at both the Sterkfontein Caves or Maropeng.

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

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