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Star struck from a young age: Vincent Nettmann, Maropeng’s resident astronomer

Vincent Nettmann, like so many other astronomers, was captured by the idea of mapping out the moon and stars at a very young age. From the time of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Nettmann wanted to have a closer look into space.

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PICS: Check out the scenes at the Cradle Colour Fest

Maropeng’s Stone Park was a blaze of colour on Monday during the inaugural Cradle Colour Fest. Here are some of our favourite pics from the event …


The Blombos Cave discovery and the origins of symbolism

A new discovery in Blombos Cave in the Western Cape poses fascinating questions about the origins of modern human behaviour.


Cradle Colour Fest VIP ticket competition - Terms and Conditions

Here are the terms and conditions for our VIP ticket giveaway on Facebook

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A feast of talent in store for the Cradle Colour Fest

Musicians, dancers, deejays and fashion designers are all part of the line-up for the inaugural Cradle Colour Fest.

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Five reasons to come to the Cradle Colour Fest

Here’s why the Cradle Colour Fest should be top of your list when you’re considering plans for Heritage Day …


‘Little Foot’ offers lessons for the modern world

Professor Ron Clarke talked to us about the significance of the most complete Australopithecus skeleton ever found. “Little Foot” was unveiled at Maropeng for an event on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit last week.


BRICS leaders take a virtual tour of Maropeng

A striking ballet performance, a whirlwind virtual tour and historic handprints were all part of a special BRICS event at Maropeng. The visit via satellite link was included in the BRICS Summit, which took place in Johannesburg this week.


Five fun things to do in the Cradle of Humankind in winter

Winter is in full swing and will be with us for some time. But while it may be icy out there, that’s really no reason to hibernate. You’re invited to come out and play. Come and visit the Cradle of Humankind to try out the following five fun things to do this winter.

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Maropeng’s new Stone Park

Maropeng’s beautiful new Stone Park was carefully designed to represent humanity’s origin story. Our MD, Michael Worsnip, writes about this contemplative, relaxing new addition to Maropeng’s grounds.

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Maropeng will be at EduWeek 2018!

Maropeng will be at EduWeek 2018 at the Ticketpro Dome next week. We’re looking forward to discussing the kind of role that heritage sites like the Cradle of Humankind can play in education.

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Treat Dad to a special day out this Father’s Day

Looking for a relaxing day out with Dad this Father’s Day? We’ve got the perfect idea for you. Bring him over to the Tumulus Restaurant at Maropeng for a delicious Father’s Day buffet in a great setting.

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Reading the caves: learning about South Africa’s history through rock art

Prof. David Lewis-Williams is one of the world’s foremost experts on rock art. We asked him what cave paintings tell us about South Africa’s heritage.

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Maropeng Boutique Hotel wins TripAdvisor accolade

The Maropeng Boutique Hotel has been awarded a 2018 Certificate of Excellence from travel website TripAdvisor. The award is based on the positive reviews the hotel has received.

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Fossil teeth reveal new facts about a mass extinction 260-million years ago

Around 260-million years ago, the earth was dominated by mammal-like reptiles called therapsids. The largest of these therapsids were the dinocephalians, a genus composed of several herbivorous and carnivorous species. Then something happened.


Get in touch with South Africa’s heritage (sites)

South Africa has the second-highest number of World Heritage Sites on the African continent. Find out what they are and where they are, and start making plans to visit them. Unesco is offering a great prize for the best picture.

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Enjoy tea, treats and quality time this Mother’s Day

Looking for a way to spoil Mum this Mother’s Day? Look no further. We have three great events to choose from. And they come with the chance to win a great prize.

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New Deco Lounge offers a new experience at Sterkfontein

A new events space has been opened at the Sterkfontein Caves: the Deco Lounge is a unique space in one of the most compelling sites in the Cradle of Humankind.

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Maropeng through your eyes on Instagram

Sometimes fun, sometimes thought-provoking, always memorable – we love taking a look at Maropeng through the eyes of our visitors.
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Thinking aloud: could toxic digital addiction destroy your life?

The digital age has many benefits, but have we considered the way increasing amounts of screen time affect our health and wellbeing?

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Enjoy some Easter family fun at Maropeng

From a trail run, to the Easter bunny to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party - we have a series of special treats lined up for you this Easter.

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How a lost African city was recreated with laser technology

Laser technology has been used to ‘redraw’ the remains of a lost city along the Suikerbostrand hills near Johannesburg. This groundbreaking research was done by a team from Wits University. This piece on their findings was published in ‘The Conversation’.

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Meet the First Lady of Maropeng

You’ll find her lounging by the pool, cocktail in hand, and being a gracious host to her family of billions. Meet Ma Ropeng – the First Lady of Maropeng.


Footprint fossils suggest lizards have been running on two feet for 110m years

Fossil bones and skeletons tend to get most of the attention in palaeontology, but sometimes we can learn more about extinct life from the footprints long-extinct animals left behind. That’s the case in new research that claims to have found 110m-year-old trackways of lizards running on two feet (bipedally).