Decem­ber is final­ly here, and we hope you’re ready to spend a few weeks rest­ing, relax­ing and mak­ing memories.

If you’re look­ing for good places to vis­it, Maropeng in the Cra­dle of Humankind should def­i­nite­ly be on your list. Here’s why:

1. The world-famous Homo nale­di exhibition

(1) Homo Naledi  Cc John Hawks Wits University 1
(Image: Image: Wits University/​John Hawks)

The Homo nale­di exhi­bi­tion is in The Gallery at Maropeng.

The orig­i­nal Homo nale­di fos­sils made world news in 2015 when the dis­cov­ery was announced, and again in 2017 when the Almost Human exhi­bi­tion opened its doors. The exhi­bi­tion in The Gallery is not a per­ma­nent one, and while we can’t con­firm dates at this stage, we can say your chance to view these his­toric finds is draw­ing to a close.

Come find out what made Homo nale­di one of the most sig­nif­i­cant hominin finds in recent years. Read about it here.

2. There are some great dis­counts you can take advan­tage of

Maropeng Voucher
(Image: Image: cradle​ofhu​mankind​.net)

We have teamed up with part­ners to bring you these great offers that will give you a 20% dis­count on the cost of your tick­et to Maropeng. Here they are:

  • 20% dis­count vouch­er in this month’s copy of Hel­lo Joburg
  • #LiveSum­mer – down­load your 20% dis­count vouch­er at www​.the​cradle​ofhu​mankind​.net for var­i­ous offer­ings and activ­i­ties in the Cra­dle of Humankind

In order to make use of the dis­count on the Cra­dle of Humankind web­site, scroll through the dis­count vouch­ers on the home page until you find the dis­counts for Maropeng. Print out the vouch­er, and present it at the tick­et office at Maropeng to claim your dis­count when buy­ing your tick­et. This offer is lim­it­ed to one vouch­er per customer. 

3. A trip to Maropeng is fun and educational


Yes, we know that you’re on a break from school, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look for hol­i­day activ­i­ties that stim­u­late young minds. Maropeng’s inter­ac­tive exhi­bi­tion will take you on a jour­ney through time, let­ting you play games along the way to ensure you’re entertained. 

Check out our exhi­bi­tion guide here.

4. It’s a top-rat­ed attraction

Don’t take our word for it. Vis­i­tors from around the world have rat­ed Maropeng and the Sterk­fontein Caves as the top attrac­tions in the Cra­dle of Humankind.

5. The Sterk­fontein Caves are a great place to beat the heat this summer

If you’re look­ing for a place to cool down this sum­mer, there are few more inter­est­ing places than the Sterk­fontein Caves.

The caves are owned by the Uni­ver­si­ty of the Wit­wa­ter­srand, whose sci­en­tists have been respon­si­ble for the main exca­va­tions at this World Her­itage Site. They are cred­it­ed with many of the most notable dis­cov­er­ies in the caves, includ­ing the world-famous fos­sils of Mrs Ples and Lit­tle Foot.

These under­ground caves are always love­ly and cool, even on a blis­ter­ing sum­mer day. Just remem­ber to wear com­fort­able shoes!