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Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa.

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A mere 45 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg is Maropeng. Maropeng,  the “ place of our origins’ carries global stature as the Visitor Centre to South Africa’s fascinating World Heritage Site - the Cradle of Humankind.  The 53 000 hectare area was declared a world heritage site because of its outstanding universal scientific, historical, cultural and educational value. The largest proliferation of Hominin Fossils has been found in the 53 000 hectares area – more than any other place on Earth. Authenticating the notion that all of humankind traces its origins to Africa.

With its panoramic surroundings and breathtaking views of the Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg Mountains, Maropeng is a world-class visitor centre. The interactive, informative and fun exhibition showcases the progress that humankind has made from our earliest beginnings to modern day. Evolution covers the broader issue of the evolution of life from more than 3 billion years ago whereas the human evolutionary history can be told from roughly seven million years ago, when modern humans and primates shared a common ancestor, and the split between apes and hominins (early human ancestors) occurred. The interactive, informative and fun exhibition is a hit with adults and children alike and allows for edutainment for the entire family, in one destination.


“The Gallery”, Maropengs new exhibition display area hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year.  It is here that original fossil material will be put on display. Also available is an extraordinary astronomical journey at scheduled stargazing evenings.  These held once a month with our resident astronomer Vincent Nettman.

Why not combine your day out with a tour of the Sterkfontein Caves and enjoy a meal at the Tumulus Restaurant or our famous Sunday Buffet.

With a 4 star Boutique Hotel, Maropeng offers an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Embark on a fascinating journey back in time to the very beginning of the origin of our species.

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