Welcome to the Cradle of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves. The Cradle of Humankind is a South African heritage site where our ancestors lived approx. 3 million years ago. Maropeng is the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind and is the prefect child friendly destination for your kids. It’s a fantastic day out, educational and full of amazing and exciting things to do.

The Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterkfontein caves are home to many hominid and animal fossils dating back 4 million years ago. These amazing fossils tell us many things about where we came from and how we evolved into today’s homo sapiens. The caves are beautiful, with many tiny spots and paths, it’s not advised to visit the Sterkfontein Caves if you suffer from claustrophobia or have chest problems. Please also ensure that you and your kids wear comfortable shoes and leave valuables behind.

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The Maropeng Exhibition

The Maropeng Exhibition can take anywhere from one to several hours depending on your level of interest in the artefacts. The exhibition itself is a self-guided activity, but over weekends and public holidays we do offer guided tours at no extra cost. The exhibition itself is the perfect fun thing to do with your kids as it teaches them about where we came from, how we developed into the homo sapiens of today and how we evolved both mentally and physically.

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The restaurant at the Maropeng Visitor Center

The Tumulus restaurant at the first floor of the Maropeng Visitor centre boasts stunning views of the Cradle of Humankind. If you book a table at the deck with your family, you will undoubtedly see the most breath-taking views of the entire area as well as the Magaliesburg mountain range. The restaurant is open 7 days a week and offers light meals that you and your kids will enjoy.

For a fun day out with the kids and for a break from the city, come join us at the Maropeng Visitor centre. Explore our Sterkfonetin caves, see our exhibition and enjoy a beautiful family lunch on the deck.

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