Maropeng, Sterkfontein Caves, Cradle of Humankind

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Maropeng Visitor Centre : The interactive displays will leave you feeling exhilarated about the past, present and future.

Sterkfontein Caves : Go deep into the caves to discover the secrets of our past.


Tumulus Restaurant : The Tumulus Restaurant, situated on the first floor of the Maropeng Visitor Centre, boasts the best views in Gauteng. Book a table on the deck and soak up the breathtaking vista of the Witwaterberg and Magaliesberg mountain ranges. Sit and enjoy a drink before lunch or sunset, you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the game roaming the property next door. The Tumulus restaurant is open seven days a week. The food and beverage team prepare a fabulous buffet lunch on a Sunday (R185 for adults and R80 for children under 12 years).  Booking is essential, and 10% gratuity is recommended. All the restaurant staff have been sourced from the local community and trained on the premises.

Market Place Restaurant : The Market Place Restaurant is located within the Market Place, on the approach to the Maropeng Visitor Centre. It offers a variety of delicious, light meals for visitors.

Sterkfontein Restaurant : There is also a restaurant at the Sterkfontein Caves. The Sterkfontein restaurant is the ideal spot to relax after one of the guided tours. Sit back and chill whilst revelling in the panoramic views. There is something on the menu to satisfy most tastes. The restaurant is open daily from 09h00 to 17h00.


The Maropeng Hotel offers luxurious accommodation. Steal away from the hurley-burley of the city and escape to the intimacy, peace and tranquility of the country – less than an hour’s drive from Jo’burg and Pretoria. The Maropeng Hotel, with breathtaking views of the Witwatersberg and Magaliesberg ranges, opened its doors to the public on June 01 2006. ‘Maropeng’, is a Setswana word meaning ‘returning to the place of origin’ and this was kept in mind when the interiors of the hotel were designed. The four elemental forces of nature, earth, fire, water and ice that kick-started our planet some 3-billion years ago feature prominently in the overall look. The 24-bed four star boutique hotel is the epitome of true luxury and is a five minute walk from South Africa ’s premiere tourist destination, the Tumulus visitor attraction and 10 km (6 mi) from the Sterkfontein Caves. Enjoy a restful night sleep in one of the 10 King, 13 twin rooms or the 1 fully equipped paraplegic bedroom. The Maropeng is ideal for a romantic getaway or for executives seeking a convenient conference venue with accommodation not too far out of town.  Maropeng also caters for larger groups, such as students and learners, at Hominid House.

Weddings : Maropeng invites you to begin your married journey at the place where humankind embarked on the journey of life. To learn more about this service, visit our weddings page.


The lobby space can be used for product promotion. The magnificent Maropeng conference centre nestles in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, a mere hour’s drive from Pretoria or Johannesburg – yet far enough away to keep the conference contained. Our dedicated and creative events team can assist in turning your conference into a memorable experience; just tell them what you would like to achieve. If you require additional equipment that we do not keep on site, we will source it for you and save you the hassle.

Conference facilities at Sterkfontein Caves : In addition to the state-of-the-art conference facilities for up to 500 delegates at Maropeng, conference groups also have the option of using the conference venue at Sterkfontein Caves for groups of up to 120 delegates. This new venue is located within the recently upgraded facilities at Sterkfontein Caves, the most significant hominid fossil site in the Cradle of Humankind.


Learning about brain development at the Maropeng Visitor Centre. Teachers and learners will never forget their visit to the Cradle of Humankind and its two visitor centres – the main one packed with exciting, interactive exhibits at Maropeng, and a smaller one which is the gateway to the fascinating Sterkfontein Caves and their secrets about our past. Bring your class to Maropeng for a memorable educational experience. You’ll learn about the history of humankind, how fossils are formed, the importance of sustainability, the unique characteristics that make us human, and so much more. All our displays are highly interactive, encouraging you to learn through doing.

The Maropeng Visitor Centre and its restaurants are all wheelchair accessible.
The boutique hotel has a fully equipped room for disabled persons.

Address R400, just off the R563 Hekpoort road, Kromdraai, Mogale City, 2000
Telephone (014) 577 9000