• April 01, 2013

Having all of the necessary conferencing facilities is one thing. Being able to provide guests and delegates with a unique and memorable experience that is also affordable is something very few venues are able to do.

A mere 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Maropeng is one of these rare venues. Situated in the scenic and tranquil Cradle of Humankind, it offers an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city making it easy to understand why it is fast becoming the niche conferencing venue of choice for smaller executive groups.

With its panoramic surroundings and unique tour packages Maropeng is ideally suited to those wanting the comfort of luxury 4-star accommodation together with state-of-the-art conferencing facilities. Maropeng also allows delegates access to a host of unique, fun, informative, and team-building activities to fit all pockets and individual requirements.

Facilities include an award-winning visitor centre, a 24-bedroom 4-star hotel, conference facilities for smaller niche corporate groups, an outdoor amphitheatre housing up to 10000 people, budget accommodation at the Hominid House, a spa service by La Cigale and four restaurants.

The Cradle area is one of only eight World Heritage sites in South Africa and the only one in Gauteng, declared because of its contribution to our understanding of humanity. More than 1000 hominid fossils have been found in the 47 000 hectares area – more than any other place on Earth.

“Maropeng offers companies the option of special customised packages which can be arranged for executive groups,” says, Tony Rubin, Managing Director of Maropeng.  “Today cost is a key decider in where companies choose to hold conferences and we are able to provide packages to fit any budget.”

The Swartkrans walking tour allows small groups a rare opportunity to observe an active palaeontological dig, while the Coopers Cave Picnic and Walking tour, provides budding palaeontologists with a rare opportunity to explore a 1.5-million-year-old fossil site. For those fascinated by the evolutionary history of our species, the Bone Detectives Dinner with Brendon Billings is not to be missed.  Maropeng’s resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann, is also available to take delegates or guests on an extraordinary astronomical journey.

“Any of these tours can be integrated into a package for a corporate,” adds Rubin. “These can be tailored to include a braai at the hotel for example or enjoying sundowners at the Caves which is another popular choice. Activities like a game drive, hot air balloon ride or elephant experience at Askari are also options which can be incorporated into making a memorable executive getaway.”

The state-of-the-art conference facilities are ideal for smaller niche corporate groups. Besides its three contemporary conference rooms, it also has the capacity to house larger groups of up to 320 in the Tumulus building in which the main exhibition is situated.

The versatile Tumulus building has expansive open areas that can be transformed from a blank canvas to a dramatic platform for product launches, events, corporate functions, exhibitions, displays and showcases. For events hosting more than 320 guests, a marquee can be set up in the grounds at Maropeng. Full catering can be arranged, including kosher and Halaal menus.

A grassed amphitheatre in the Maropeng grounds can be used to set up a stage and a grandstand with seating for up to 10000 people – ideal for concerts and large events.

“Maropeng offers guests and delegates a uniquely ‘African’ experience,” says Rubin, “and it is therefore apt that Maropeng means ‘returning to the place of our origins’ in the local Setswana language.”

The 4-star boutique hotel has 14 twin executive studio rooms, one of which has been designed with wheelchair access, and 10 king executive studio rooms. All have en-suite bathrooms with separate shower, air-conditioning, mini-bar (which can be stocked on request) and safe. Public facilities include a stylish yet cosy lounge with a fireplace, a chic restaurant and bar leading out onto a patio, and a swimming pool with a breathtaking view. A distinguishing feature of the Maropeng Hotel is attention to detail from the architecture to the smallest finishes. “One of the advantages of smaller niche groups is they can take over the whole hotel and virtually make it their own,” says Rubin.

“We also pride ourselves on our superb service – which is perhaps what we are most complimented on. Our staff are attentive and helpful, making our delegates and guests feel welcome and ‘at home’ at all times. We are also able to offer a shuttle service for corporate, if requested,” concludes Rubin.

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