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that will give you in­for­ma­tion about our past and the for­ma­tion of the uni­verse.

A fun boat ad­ven­ture that takes you on a trip back in time through the var­i­ous stages of our earth’s cre­ation.

This ex­hi­bi­tion changes reg­u­larly and in­cludes orig­i­nal fos­sils and dis­cov­er­ies on loan to Maropeng from var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions in sub­Sa­ha­ran Africa.

The un­der­ground boat ride:

Orig­i­nal fos­sil dis­play: High­lights of Sterkfontein Caves

Ex­plore the caves:

Go on a tour of the Sterkfontein Caves, which date back more than 4 mil­lion years. You need to wear com­fort­able shoes and cloth­ing. Don’t do this tour if you are even slightly claus­tro­pho­bic or suf­fer from asthma. There’s lots of walk­ing and climb­ing of stairs. The tour lasts ap­prox­i­mately one hour.

Don’t miss the sci­en­tific ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre with in­for­ma­tion and visual rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the most im­por­tant and fas­ci­nat­ing finds from Sterkfontein and around Africa.

Sterkfontein ex­hi­bi­tion:

Where to eat

Choose from three restau­rants at Maropeng.

is on the first floor of the Maropeng Vis­i­tor Cen­tre (said to have the best views of Gaut­eng). The restau­rant of­fers light meals and drinks, and there is also a fa­mous carvery lunch on Sun­days. It’s a good idea to book be­fore­hand on 014 577 9000.

restau­rant is lo­cated in the Mar­ket Place (great shop­ping too) as you ap­proach the Vis­i­tor

The Tu­mu­lus Restau­rant

The Mar­ket Place

Cen­tre, and of­fers light meals and cof­fees.

has a light lunch menu pre­pared by the tal­ented chefs at the ho­tel.

You can choose to eat at the Sterkfontein restau­rant at the Sterkfontein Caves, where you can re­lax be­fore or after tak­ing a tour of the caves. Ba­sic fare such as toasted sarmies and good cof­fees are avail­able.

There are a few restau­rants worth try­ing out­side the Maropeng com­plex.

The Maropeng Bou­tique Ho­tel

This fan­tas­tic restau­rant is per­fect for spe­cial oc­ca­sions and of­fers fine din­ing in the heart of the Cra­dle. The Roots din­ing con­cept, put to­gether by ex­ec­u­tive chef Adriaan Ma­ree, of­fers con­tem­po­rary, mod­ern cui­sine with a home-grown twist. Satur­day brunch is very popular, as are the wine tast­ings on Fri­day evenings. Visit:­rumho­ or call 011 668 7000.

is another gor­geous restau­rant of­fer­ing wide views of the bushveld. It’s set in a pri­vately owned game re­serve, so you can view the game as you sip on a glass of bub­bly. The restau­rant is open on Thurs­days (lunch), Fri­days (lunch and sup­per) and Sun­days (break­fast and lunch). Visit: www.the­cra­ for more in­for­ma­tion, or call 011 701 3801.

Roots restau­rant at the Fo­rum Ho­mini Ho­tel:

Le Sel @ The Cra­dle

Places to stay

If you are look­ing at lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion, you can stay over at the four-star Maropeng Bou­tique Ho­tel, which is part of the Maropeng com­plex.

The Fo­rum Ho­mini Ho­tel is a five-star es­tab­lish­ment

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