Maropeng

“Educational and great fun!“

“Top quality exhibits, with an interesting, entertaining guide“

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The entrance to the Maropeng Visitor Centre, which is built in the shape of an old burial mound

Not far from the Sterkfontein Caves is the Maropeng Visitor Centre, where the theme of our human development, and a peep at our early ancestors, continues!

It's a modern, world class exhibition, and one of only twelve sites worldwide, that is recognised by the Smithsonian Museum for being influential in promoting the awareness of human evolution.

Great for kids!

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Some of the excavations and outdoor displays leading up to the entrance

Your tour really starts before you get inside the Tumulus building.

Outdoor displays and small excavations, of an Early Stone Age site, that have unearthed, amongst other objects, cleavers and handaxes, line the path.

The early humans that inhabited this area were hunter-gatherers, and it was they who hewed these tools out of the local rock.

MAROPENG OPENING TIMES :
Every day : 09h00 - 17h00 (9.00am - 5.00pm)
Last boat ride at 16h00

MAROPENG PRICES :
Adults: R135
Children (4-14 years): R75
Children under 4: Free
Pensioners/Students: R85 (on production of a valid pensioner/student card)

Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves Combined ticket :
Available until 13h00
Adults: R215
Children (4-14 years): R130
Children under 4: Free

MAROPENG CONTACT :
Telephone : +27 (0)14 577-9000
Send an E-Mail

MAROPENG HOTEL CONTACT :
Telephone : +27 (0)14 577-9100
Send an E-Mail

It's once you're inside that the fun begins!

A boat ride through time - starting with the present and going back to the formation of our planet earth, followed by the Vortex Tunnel, replicating a Black hole, with its warnings of possible "dizziness, nausea, unbalance and unsteadiness...", that get you to the start of the museum displays!

The displays are bright, colourful and very interactive, resulting in a hands-on learning experience.

They deal with the formation of the earth, our physiological development from early man and our cultural evolution to where we are today.

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Part of the interactive display at Maropeng

On the negative side, the message the exhibits portray is not unique, and some tend to be a bit confusing due to insufficient explanation.

Guides, who are available, are probably essential to you enjoying the experience.

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Part of the interactive display at Maropeng

An interesting little side show after exiting the museum, is the Kiddies Cave.

It's a small, man made hide away for the little ones to explore, that is dark enough to be adventurous.

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Entrance to the Kiddies Cave at Maropeng





Maropeng
Maropeng Road (between the R24 and the R563)
Cradle of Humankind
Maropeng website






Page uploaded : 26th March 2013
Page updated : 29th May 2013











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