Maropeng – The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site

The Cradle of Humankind is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa, and the only one in Gauteng. It is widely recognised as the place from which all of humankind originated.
The 47,000 hectare site has unearthed the best evidence of the complex journey which our species has taken to make us what we are – a place of pilgrimage for all humankind. It is not only a place of ongoing scientific discovery into our origins, but also a place of contemplation – a place that allows us to reflect on who we are, where we come from and where we are going to.

About the Maropeng Visitor Centre
About the Maropeng Visitor Centre

The restaurant at the top of the Tumulus building has a spectacular view of the Magaliesberg
About the Maropeng Visitor Centre

Lifelike replicas of hominids remind us of the path humanity has taken

Adventure: Tour 2500m² of exhibits with an underground boat ride.
Award winning: Winner of the 2008 Tourist Attraction category at the South African Tourism Welcome Awards and many others. To read more about the awards Maropeng has received, click here.

Intriguing: See fossils, learn about how humankind was born, view stone tools up to 1-million years old, and much more.

Interactive: Ideal for children, the Maropeng Visitor Centre is self-guided and highly interactive.

Get the most out of the Cradle: Combination tickets are available for visitors who want to see the Sterkfontein Caves as well.

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