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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.
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: www.forumhomini.com 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.thecradle.co.za 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