What’s happening at Maropeng this September?

  • September 04, 2014

Explore Swartkrans fossil site on foot with Dr Morris Sutton

This September you’re invited to gaze at the stars at Maropeng, and ponder the birth of the universe. Or how about going on a walking tour of an active fossil site at Swartkrans? Be sure to book your place early, so you don’t miss out on these fabulous events taking place at Maropeng this month.

20 September: Swartkrans walking tour and picnic

Anyone interested in South Africa’s fossil record and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site can read up about excavations at Swartkrans in 2013, that unearthed new Paranthropus robustus specimens. But why only read about the dig and the fascinating work being done at Swartkrans, when you can experience it first-hand?

On 20 September 2014 visitors to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site are invited to explore the caves and dig site of Swartkrans on foot with Dr Morris Sutton, the archaeologist and excavation supervisor for the Swartkrans Palaeoanthropological Research Project.

The tour group will be offered a rare opportunity to observe an active palaeontological dig and explore evidence from the site that depicts early man’s controlled use of fire.

Age: Please note the tour is strictly for adults only 
Costs: R375 per adult (includes a light picnic lunch)
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Itinerary: Guests park and meet at the Sterkfontein Caves at 9am before walking to the Swartkrans site. The tour will last between three and four hours, including the picnic. Guests then walk back to the Sterkfontein Caves. The walk is comfortable for those with an average level of fitness. Wear flat shoes, and bring a hat and sunblock. Please note that the tour will only go ahead if there is a minimum booking of seven people, and an itinerary will be sent via SMS the day before the event.

Guests can also combine the event with an overnight stay at the luxurious Maropeng Hotel at a special rate that includes dinner, bed and breakfast. For bookings or more information, contact mmathabom@maropeng.co.za or call +27 (0)14 577 9000.

27 September: stargazing at the Maropeng Hotel

Come gaze at the stars at Maropeng, and ponder the birth of the universe

Did you know that the edges of our solar system are made up of enormous magnetic bubbles?

Or that astronomers recently discovered free-moving planets that wander through space without an orbit?

Have you ever asked yourself how life began?

Or pondered what it was that spurred the birth of the universe – and Earth?

The stars hold secrets about how the universe began. At this event Maropeng’s resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann, will reveal how the stars are related to the origins of humankind on Earth.

Bring your binoculars to participate in an after-dinner, laser-guided tour of the southern skies. Large-aperture telescopic viewing takes place after dinner at your leisure – weather conditions permitting. Please remember a jacket, as the evenings can be chilly.

Age: Adults only
Time: 6pm with welcome drinks
Venue: Maropeng Boutique Hotel
Cost: R350 per person (includes stargazing presentation and dinner at the hotel)
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Should you wish to combine this event with a stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, please contact Mmathabo Maine on +27 (0)14 577 9000 or mmathabom@maropeng.co.za to make a reservation.

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