Pre­his­toric humans, fos­sils and a glimpse of Earth thou­sands of years ago kept the learn­ers of Mon­aghan Montes­sori 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 up to 35 children.

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The learn­ers of Mon­aghan Montes­sori School were enthralled when they recent­ly toured Maropeng’s Vis­i­tor Centre

The learners of Monaghan Montessori School 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 a giant projection of planet Earth. Here they could see how 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 highlighted various species in hominid evolution. These include our earliest relations. The tour ended 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.”

“Thank you to Maropeng and our wonderful guide for making our visit so memorable. The guide made it all so interesting and enticed the children into the discussions, which is so important as there was a lot of information to absorb. We will definitely be back,” says Xanthe Bester, owner of Monaghan Montessori School.

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 standalone tours, 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.

Compiled on behalf of Maropeng by Cathy Findley Public Relations. For media queries, contact Nicolle Kairuz on 011 463 6372 or