What's on at Maropeng in March

  • March 07, 2014

The easiest and most convenient way to access the amazing specials, events and products on offer at Maropeng is to visit our online shop.

Check out what's happening at Maropeng this March.

Roast meats, salads and decadent desserts are all on the menu at the carvery lunches

Carvery lunches

Throughout March

Enjoy a delicious carvery at Maropeng's Tumulus Restaurant, available every Sunday.

The carvery includes a choice of two roast meats, salads and desserts.

Prices: Adults: R175, children aged 5-12: R95 (full buffet)/R50 (kiddies' menu)

To make a booking, visit Maropeng's online shop or contact Mmathabo Maine on mmathabom@maropeng.co.za for more information.

Secret Treasures of Stellenbosch

The Maropeng Hotel and well-known South African wine connoisseur Andre Craye have teamed up to bring you Secret Treasures of Stellenbosch, a food-and-wine pairing event par excellence!

Craye has been on numerous explorations to find the unknown gems of the Stellenbosch winelands. He brings a passion and enthusiasm for wine that will leave you enthralled and feeling like a wine connoisseur yourself at the end of the day.

A mouth-watering six-course lunch has been specially created by Maropeng's head chef, Peter Langa, to complement the carefully selected wines, which will be revealed on the day.

When: 8 March 2014
Age: Adults only
Time: 12pm for 12.30pm
Venue: Maropeng Boutique Hotel
Price: R400 per person, which includes the lunch and the wine tasting per course. Please note that any other drinks will be for your own account.

Tickets are limited, so make your booking today at Maropeng's online shop.

Swartkrans Walking Tour

One of the Cradle's richest fossil sites is usually closed to the public.

But on these tours, small groups have the rare opportunity to observe an active palaeontological dig and will be guided around the site by scientist Dr Morris Sutton, who is currently excavating there.

Swartkrans has yielded the largest sample of Paranthropus robustus, and it is also significant for the discovery of the earliest evidence of the use of controlled fire in Southern Africa, dating back one million years.

When: 15 March 2014
Age: Adults only
Time: Starts at 9am
Venue: Meet at the Sterkfontein Caves with Dr Sutton before walking to Swartkrans
Cost: The cost of the tour is R375 per person and includes a light picnic lunch

To make a booking, visit the Maropeng shop.

Bone Detectives

Join dynamic scientist Brendon Billings at Maropeng for an evening of fine dining and a robust discussion on the fascinating topic of palaeoanthropology.

Scientist Brendon Billings will keep you entertained and educated at Bone Detectives

Brendon has hosted a series of themed walking tours at Maropeng over the past two years. These have been highly successful.

"The events this year have definitely been different. I have refocused my research around neuroscience, hence the brain and behaviour has been one of my more focal themes this year. The brain and behaviour has been a popular topic globally and I believe that this has definitely added a new twist to my discussion," he explains.

After a sumptuous dinner at the Maropeng Hotel restaurant, guests will gather in the lounge to enjoy a discussion with Brendon. Guests will have the opportunity to get to grips with some amazing fossil and bone casts.

When: 22 March 2014
Age: Adults only
Time: 6pm
Venue: Maropeng Boutique Hotel
Cost: R375 per person, which includes welcome drinks, a three-course set menu and the presentation.

Bookings for Bone Detectives can be made online at the Maropeng shop.

Should you wish to combine this event with a stay at the Maropeng Hotel, please contact Mmathabo Maine on 014 577 9000 or mmathabom@maropeng.co.za to make a reservation.

Stargazing: 'Our Autumn Skies' at the Maropeng Hotel

Resident astronomer Vincent Nettmann will show you the moon, stars and maybe even a few planets. Photo courtesy of Mike Blackburn

Explore the Universe with Maropeng's resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann.

Guests are encouraged to dress warmly and bring binoculars to participate on a beginner's laser-guided sky tour. Weather permitting, the laser-guided tour, using our large-aperture telescopes, will take place after dinner, to which you are also invited.

When: 29 March 2014
Age: Adults only
Time: 6pm
Venue: Arrive for welcome drinks in the hotel reception, followed by dinner and the stargazing presentation
Cost: The cost for this special evening, including the stargazing presentation and buffet dinner, is R350 per adult

Please note that you will receive the itinerary via SMS the day before the event.

To make a booking, visit the Maropeng shop or contact Mmathabo Maine on 014 577 9000 or mmathabom@maropeng.co.za to make a reservation.

Kiddies' birthday parties


Maropeng has put together a number of fun and educational kiddies' birthday party packages.

While parents relax and enjoy the splendour of their surroundings, the children will be entertained by a guided tour of the Sterkfontein Caves or Maropeng Visitor Centre, followed by supervised party games.

A number of optional party extras such as a birthday cake, lunch packs, lucky packets, jumping castle and child minders are also available.

Age: The party packages cater for all ages
Time: To be confirmed with the booking
Venue: Either at Sterkfontein Caves or Maropeng, to be confirmed with the booking

For more information contact, Mmathabo Maine on 014 577 9000 or mmathabom@maropeng.co.za.

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