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Maropeng Visitor Centre

Maropeng Visitor Centre

Maropeng Visitor Centre

The Cradle of Humankind is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one that falls into the Gauteng province. The site is within easy traveling distance of Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is the official visitors' centre for the area and its name means 'return to your origins' in Setswana, one of South Africa's 11 official languages.

Although the main focus should be on the area as a whole, the Maropeng Visitor Centre is an attraction in its own sense and has won multiple awards over the years. The centre is a place that will help visitors journey back in time from the start of our universe, some 14-billion years ago, to the present and beyond. As you approach the centre you will be confronted by a unique structure which resembles an ancient burial mound, known as a tumulus. Stepping inside takes you to a place beyond time, where your tour starts with a boat ride on an artificial lake before entering the exhibition area. The tour then leads visitors through highlights of human's evolutionary journey, it's a place where the displays tackle questions among many others about how our brains developed, where language came from, when we first used fire and what the risks are for us as a species in the future. The interactive displays often keep visitors occupied for an entire morning and some even a whole day. Maropeng provides visitors with a rare opportunity to view original hominid and dinosaur fossils that hold many secrets to how life on Earth existed millions of years ago. These exhibits are housed in the fossil display room and the collections on display change throughout the year. When you exit at the rear of the Tumulus, you are greeted by one of the best views possible in Gauteng, the views over the rolling hills towards the Magaliesberg. But even more intriguing than the view in front of you, is the view of the Tumulus you just walked out of. The ancient Burial Mound that you entered, through your journey through time, has transformed into a futuristic building of glass and steel, a symbol of how far humans have come as a species.

The Maropeng Visitor Centre lies on the boundary of the 47 000-hectare Cradle of Humankind, the richest treasure trove of early hominid fossils on Earth. And a visit to the centre will provide you with an overview of the significance of the area as well as the story of human development. The centre also has a companion site, the world famous Sterkfontein Caves. You can easily visit both the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng in a day, and the experiences complement one another.

Other facilities at the Maropeng Visitor Centre include a conference and event venue, as well as three restaurants.

The centre is open from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday with the last boat ride departing at 16:00.

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Stone Hill

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magaliesburg

10.0km South West of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

Stone Hill offers self catering accommodation in Magaliesburg, on Gauteng's West Rand. Pet and Child Friendly Self Catering Accommodation. With breathtaking views over Magaliesburg, Stone Hill has 10 fully equipped luxurious self-catering timber cottages,

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Ziggy's River Cottage and Den's View

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magaliesburg

12.2km North West of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

Ziggy's River Cottage and Den's View are two self catering options on the banks of the Magalies River near Hekpoort in Gauteng. Ziggy's River Cottage (sleeps 2) and Den's View Garden Flat (sleeps 2). Get away for a romantic weekend, spoil your sweetheart

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Mokoya Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Magaliesburg

12.2km North West of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

Mokoya Lodge offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Magaliesburg on Gauteng's West Rand. Mokoya Lodge & Sweet Thyme Restaurant, is an exclusive Lodge nestled in the heart of the Hekpoort Valley ideally halfway between Magaliesburg & Hartbeespoort Dam.

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Eco Retreat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magaliesburg

12.3km North of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

The Eco Retreat is a 3 bedroomed self-catering country house (sleeps 6) located in the Hekpoort valley on Gauteng's West Rand. Nestled between the Magaliesberg and Witwatersberg mountains along the banks of the Magaliesriver. Natural bush surrounds the pr

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Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve & Bothongo Wonder Cave

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Kromdraai

13.0km East of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, situated in Kromdraai within the Cradle of Humankind area provides self catering accommodation. The Rhino & Lion is a privately owned game reserve covering some 1200 hectares with over 650 heads of game from over 25 differ

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Nullarbor Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magaliesburg

14.1km South West of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

Nullarbor Cottages offers self catering accommodation in Magaliesburg, on Gauteng's West Rand. Nullarbor Cottages comprises 10 self catering cottages, seven of which have corner Jacuzzi spa baths, two with shower only and one with Victorian Ball and Claw

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Saamrus Guest Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magaliesburg

15.4km West of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

Saamrus Guest Farm offers a collection of self catering cottages on a guest farm in Magaliesburg on the Gauteng West Rand. Each unit at Saamrus has a special character, with every convenience to make your stay more comfortable and memorable. Most of the u

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Deo Gratia

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Muldersdrift

18.2km East of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

Deo Gratia is a beautiful Guest House nestled in the World renowned Cradle of Mankind. With its tranquil setting it provides the perfect location for a break away from city life. With easy access to all of the tourist attractions and wedding...

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Feathers B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Mooinooi

19.5km North West of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

Feathers B&B provides accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Mooinooi in the North West province. Feathers bed and breakfast is situated on a Citrus farm high up against the historical Magalies Mountain range. Our Guest house has a stunning view ov

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Sleeps: 24 in 3 units/rooms
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Patrys Paradys

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magaliesburg

20.1km West of center of Maropeng Visitor Centre

Patrys Paradys offers self catering accommodation in a Maanhaarrand in the Magaliesburg area of Gauteng's West Rand. We offer 3 self catering options: Farmhouse (sleeps 14) and 2 chalets (sleeps 6 in each). If you are ready for a good rest, calm surroundi

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