With its picturesque surroundings (the vision of a tumulus mound emerging from hills of abundant flora), epic landscape and outstanding fossil exhibition, Maropeng is an Instagrammer’s dream. Here visitors can learn about humankind’s journey to the present as they interact with a fun and tactile exhibition – and guests are invited to share their experiences on Instagram.

“Social media trends are showing a steady growth in the use of Instagram. Maropeng is an extremely popular hashtag (#maropeng) with over 1 300 photographs taken by visitors,” says Lindsay Marshall, marketing and communications manager at Maropeng.

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South African greats like Nel­son Man­dela have also paid Maropeng a vis­it. Pho­to cour­tesy of @paul_the_maverick

Maropeng invites visitors to share their experiences at Maropeng, the hotel and the Sterkfontein caves through great photographs, adding #maropeng.

“Getting an Instagram account was a natural choice. We are able to comment and like the pictures taken by visitors and in so doing build a relationship with them so that our brand lasts long after their visit,” adds Marshall.

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The foot­print of for­mer South African pres­i­dent Kgale­ma Mot­lanthe. Pho­to cour­tesy of @barba_gaoganediwe

Maropeng does not only offer visitors a way to the Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein caves; it also offers exhibitions, accommodation, facilities for conferences and events, delicious food at the Tumulus restaurant and the Market Place restaurant and, of course, a chance to meet and take pictures with Maropeng’s hairy ambassador, Harry the Hominid.


Maropeng’s hairy ambas­sador, Har­ry. Pho­to cour­tesy of @renatevarn

“Maropeng is also a very visually appealing destination, so having our own Instagram account means that we can pick and choose images that we really enjoy sharing with our followers. As someone who also operates the account, I can take pictures of Maropeng and hopefully share the passion I have for this place,” concludes Marshall.


A Maropeng vis­i­tor touch­es the hand­print of Nel­son Man­dela. Pho­to cour­tesy of @ichaochin

Follow @maropeng on Instagram and include #maropeng in all the pictures taken on your visit.


Africa, the cra­dle of all humankind. Pho­to cour­tesy of @ichaochin