Kids take a trip back in time at Maropeng’s Visitor Centre

  • April 05, 2013

Prehistoric humans, fossils and a glimpse of Earth thousands of years ago kept the learners of Kwazamokuhle Secondary School enthralled as they recently toured Maropeng’s Visitor Centre.

Maropeng, in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, offers exciting tours and accommodation for school goers of all ages. Each guided tour at the Visitor Centre takes roughly an hour to complete and can accommodate groups of 35 children.

The learners of Kwazamokuhle Secondary School situated in Hendrina Mpumalanga, began their journey of discovery of the origins of humankind with an introduction to Maropeng and its major themes of evolution, diversity, sustainability and the unique characteristics of being human.

They then descended into the depths of the Earth taking a boat ride back in time through the four elements – earth, air, fire and water, before entering a swirling vortex, and emerging in front of planet Earth projected on a giant globe. Here they could see the continents as we know them today came to be.

Next they enjoyed the large interactive zone where some of the science relating to the study of evolution is demonstrated in fun, giant displays including the formation of fossils, DNA, and life on Earth. The next section highlights various species in hominid evolution. These include our earliest relations. The tour ends with an original fossil display.

“It is always exciting to have learners in our Visitor Centre,” says Magel van de Venter Customer Relationship Manager at Maropeng. “To see them enjoying the interactive display and being intrigued  by the fossils is great fun.”

“The learners thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Maropeng,” says Thembi Vilakazi Principal at Kwazamokuhle Secondary School. “I encourage all schools to take learners to Maropeng as the facilities tie in and cover the syllabus well especially in the geography, tourism, agricultural and life science subjects. We are considering a visit for the whole of Grade 12 next year as it truly is a must see attraction for all learners,” she concludes.   

Maropeng is a stone’s throw from the Sterkfontein Caves and schools can book for the Maropeng Tour which covers the Visitor Centre as well as the Sterkfontein Cave tours. These can be booked as stand alones or as a combination tour at a discounted rate.
“It’s great to know that these learners walk away with a richer understanding of our past. I know that our next generation of young palaeo-scientists will come from these school tour groups and it encourages me to see them leaving our centre feeling proud and inspired and above all having had lots of fun!” concludes van de Venter.



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