Take learning out of the classroom and learners – of all ages – on a learning adventure… Maropeng Centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Centre is perfect for school tours. With two visitor centres, the main one packed with exciting, interactive exhibits and a smaller one which is the gateway to the fascinating Sterkfontein Caves, students can learn secrets about our past.
The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 because of the area’s exceptional contribution to our understanding of the history of humanity over more than 3-million years. Altogether, there are 15 major fossil sites in the Cradle of Humankind, of which Sterkfontein Caves is the most famous. The fossils “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot” were both discovered at the Sterkfontein Caves, as well as thousands more fossils of hominids, which are human ancestors, as well as those of plants and animals.
More hominid fossils have been found in the Cradle of Humankind than anywhere else on earth. Children will see original fossils, learn about how humankind was born, and view stone tools up to 1-million years old all accessible on their guided tours.
With the help of a curriculum-linked resource pack (Foundation Phase to FET Phase), brimming with fascinating and practical educational material such as worksheets and suggested activities, teachers will be able to prepare learners before they visit the Cradle of Humankind, and to give them follow-up assignments afterwards. The pack is carefully integrated with the South African education curriculum, and has been endorsed by the National Department of Education. Learners at any level, studying any learning area and field will be able to engage with appropriate content in the exhibitions.
Part of the adventure is a 2500m² tour of exhibits by underground boat ride, which helped them to win the 2008 Tourist Attraction category at the South African Tourism Welcome Awards.
With a world-class Conference Centre inside its Tumulus Building, the location is also perfect for an intensive strategy session or a small executive getaway close to the city. With a variety of seating options, world class facilities and full catering amenities, the venue is ideal for a small, intimate meeting or an event hosting up to 500 delegates.
Just a short walk away is the Maropeng Hotel which offers guests and delegates some of the best views in Gauteng, attentive four-star service and a fabulous dining experience.