Experience the wonderful ambience and romantic solitude of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site at Maropeng’s four-star boutique hotel. Spend a night or two in luxury, and wake up to the sight of the sunrise over the gorgeous landscape of the Cradle. Visit us on TripAdvisor for guest comments and rankings.
The Maropeng exhibition is a wonderful way to learn about our collective journey to humanity. It starts with the birth of Earth and its planetary place in the universe, and then follows humankind’s evolutionary path to the species we are today. Learn about extinct species, fossils and what makes us human in this fanscinating exhibition. And don’t forget the boat ride …
The Maropeng Hotel, with stunning views of the Witwaterberg and Magaliesberg ranges, is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. The four-star establishment includes 24 bedrooms, sleeping up to 48 people.
The Sterkfontein Caves are credited with many famous fossil discoveries, including the world famous “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton dating back more than 3-million years. Home to a top restaurant, conferencing facilities, easy access to the caves themselves, and tours every half-hour, seven days a week, the caves are a must for any visitor travelling to Johannesburg.
Visiting the Maropeng Visitor Centre in Gauteng’s Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site? Here’s what you can expect, from the prehistoric Tumulus mound to the interactive exhibition and boat ride, plus plenty of fun and family-centred entertainment in between.
You enter the Maropeng Visitor Centre via a prehistoric mound (the Tumulus building) and after a boat ride that takes you through a journey of creation of life on the planet and mankind’s evolution, you exit into the 21st century! What an experience! Here’s what to expect when visiting Maropeng, the Visitor Centre to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
Staff from Flow Communications and Maropeng lent a hand with the planting, and even Principal Ellen Mpho Sechotlo got her hands dirty.
Principal Sechotlo was grateful to Flow and Maropeng for being part of changing the lives – and filling the tummies – of the learners.
Magel van de Venter, Maropeng’s education and marketing executive, has worked closely with Maloney’s Eye for many years now – it’s largely due to her efforts that the pupils have decent facilities, a fully functional kitchen, jungle gyms to play on, and, as of Friday 9 May, a food garden.
Swartkrans, one of the Cradle’s richest fossil sites, is usually closed to the public. But on these tours, small groups will have a rare opportunity to observe an active palaeontological dig and will be guided around the site by scientist Morris Sutton, who is currently excavating there.