Maropeng Visitor Centre
Maropeng Visitor Centre
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
It is now a universally accepted fact that it is the Continent of Africa that is the birthplace of our human species. This is the place where our collective umbilical cord lies buried – in the soil of this great continent. Nowhere else on Earth does there exist such definitive and conclusive proof of our common origin as a species and thus of our common destiny. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.This site holds global significance as it contains a superbly preserved record of the various stages in the evolution of humankind over 3.5 million years. Maropeng – The Official Visitor Center to The Cradle Of Humankind and the Sterkfontein Caves provides a dual interactive tour experience. Maropeng’s portfolio includes a four star boutique hotel; a gastronomy inspired menu offering; large conference facilities and a green educational facility which offers dormitory style accommodation and is perfect for overnight visits.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Connector49130070714
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    World class but sadly neglected.
    A return trip with international guests. A world class facility sadly neglected by jhb Council. The staff are amazing and knowledgeable and do their best but more than a few of the interactive exhibits out of order. The grounds overground and neglected. What a pity. Indigenous surrounds are essential and part of the experience, but keep it neat, and the poor staffs uniforms tired and worn. Your maintenance team and marketing team need a performance review.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 December 2023
  • mikkiblu86
    Tasmania, Australia73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poorly maintained but still enjoyable and saved by the guides
    I remember when Maropeng opened. It was one of the first outings with our new baby and I remember being so impressed by the centre. I was very excited to return for the first time since then, having moved overseas. We once again visited with my oldest son, now a teenager, along with his brothers, cousin, aunt, uncle and ouma. We made the excellent decision to tour the centre with a guide. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing the centre with visitors, so we all learnt a lot in an enjoyable way. The boat ride was lots of fun and took our kids by surprise. Sadly, some of the displays are clearly the worse for wear, with some not working at all. This was disappointing, after having seen how fantastic it was when the centre first opened. I hope management can make repairs and restore the centre to its former glory so that people can continue to learn about the fossils in the Cradle of Humankind.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Cathrine W
    Boksburg, South Africa43 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Solo trip
    I decided to do a tour by myself and was able to take my time and go through everything at my own pace. The only downside of the tour was the interactive displays were damaged, some do not work and there are a handful of lights working in that area. Other than that the displays are mostly looked after.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 April 2024
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rdubbs08
Edmond, OK7,575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
It was a bummer that the caves were not open, but the Maropeng Visitor Center was fascinating and informative! The littles, 4 and 7 years old, enjoyed it, although the strange boat ride freaked them out! It is worth a visit.
Written 16 April 2024
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Cathrine W
Boksburg, South Africa43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I decided to do a tour by myself and was able to take my time and go through everything at my own pace. The only downside of the tour was the interactive displays were damaged, some do not work and there are a handful of lights working in that area. Other than that the displays are mostly looked after.
Written 9 April 2024
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Astencijo
Basingstoke, UK298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I am glad we came as even young kids enjoyed all the exhibitions and learning about things. Very nicely done. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 21 February 2024
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mikkiblu86
Tasmania, Australia73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I remember when Maropeng opened. It was one of the first outings with our new baby and I remember being so impressed by the centre.
I was very excited to return for the first time since then, having moved overseas. We once again visited with my oldest son, now a teenager, along with his brothers, cousin, aunt, uncle and ouma.
We made the excellent decision to tour the centre with a guide. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing the centre with visitors, so we all learnt a lot in an enjoyable way.
The boat ride was lots of fun and took our kids by surprise.
Sadly, some of the displays are clearly the worse for wear, with some not working at all. This was disappointing, after having seen how fantastic it was when the centre first opened.
I hope management can make repairs and restore the centre to its former glory so that people can continue to learn about the fossils in the Cradle of Humankind.
Written 11 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Connector49130070714
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
A return trip with international guests. A world class facility sadly neglected by jhb Council. The staff are amazing and knowledgeable and do their best but more than a few of the interactive exhibits out of order. The grounds overground and neglected. What a pity. Indigenous surrounds are essential and part of the experience, but keep it neat, and the poor staffs uniforms tired and worn. Your maintenance team and marketing team need a performance review.
Written 2 December 2023
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Ksenia M
Birmingham, AL8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
The exhibition was interesting to some degree but overall this is a place apropiate for families with children. Also, the are no original fossils there, just replicas. The caves are temporarily closed and visiting Maropeng only was not exciting.
Written 26 August 2023
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AT J
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
The guide was bored, obviously didn't enjoy having to talk about evolution or fossils or geological time. Other than him, it was fine
Written 23 July 2023
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Tracy
South Africa47 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Absolutely embarrassing as South Africans that took friends who had arrived from the UK with their young son who we thought would love the whole experience. Well, we are disgusted and disappointed! Maropeng is not being looked after, none of the experience tables on the bottom level worked, the ceiling was leaking water in various places and the boat ride ‘rooms’ are starting to look dilapidated. Won’t be back!!
Written 30 April 2023
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nickytravels
East London, South Africa488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Well worth the R100 entrance fee.
Wait to join a tour. It is helpful to have someone give a bit of info and direct you through the various activities.
Great interactive space.
Written 25 March 2023
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
After finding the Sterkfontein Cave, one of the 1999 UNESCO Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa, closed, we came here. At the entry complex(cafe, gift shop, restrooms), we paid 200 rand for 2 seniors, then self-toured the Tumulus Building. After seeing its entry museum with the fossil finds, we descended to the lower level and queued to board the silly floats, ending at the large underground museum. It shows excellent models of the chain of human ancestors and detailed exhibits about the rise of man to our Homo sapien level. We learned that prehistoric man generally lived in ~100 person groups and the “rocky highveld grassland” has summer lightning, producing fires which man eventually harnessed. The sequence of man types had some interesting offshoots that became extinct.
Written 12 February 2023
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