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Address: off R563 Hekpoort Road | Sterkfontein, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 1911, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 14 577 9000
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A Cradle and much more.................

A place of intrigue and the unexpected. This place is so much more than just a museum. It also has the Maropeng Boutique Hotel behind it with a restuarant that offers the most... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ursula S
Plumstead, South Africa
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, this was incredibly insightful. We booked this as part of a package with the sterkfontein caves and both were incredible experiences but not for the feint of heart in the caves. Moving onto the review for Maropeng, a definite heritage site that needs to be taken gradually to truly be enjoyed. The knowledge and heritage contained in one place... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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35 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a couple of hours wandering through the place and it was interesting. There's a lot of stuff and information related to the type of archeological finds in the area. Kids might find it interesting too - the way they've done the exhibits so that there is interaction. There are also small 'caves around the corner once you e exited... More 

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Plumstead, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A place of intrigue and the unexpected. This place is so much more than just a museum. It also has the Maropeng Boutique Hotel behind it with a restuarant that offers the most delicious fare and service. Do yourself a favour and let your fingers do the walking and book for midweek, weekend visit to use as your base to... More 

Thank Ursula S
Randfontein, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The maropeng centre is fun to do with the whole family. There is lots of hostory and interactive exibits. The layout is fun and there is lots of facts to learn. There is also a boat you float on to experience the four elements. The building is airconditioned for the hot days and there is a restaurant and gift shops... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got a joint ticket for this and the caves so if you want to make a day of it all best get there early but it doesn't have to be to early 10am is fine. When you enter there will be a guide who takes you through the evolution of life. They are very knowledgable and also willing to... More 

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history and diagrams of the human kind in the midst of nature. The guide is informative and the museum is full of the information and the 5 basic natural elements were explained and one can take a boat ride and go through the elements. This part is adventurous. There is a room with full of stones from different ages... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is totally worth a visit with kids as it is highly educational but with interactive tools and presented in an interesting way. It is clean and has good facilities. the restaurant is excellent too. The museum/interactive space is huge and gives a great understanding of the development of humankind. The boat ride is fun for smaller kids. There is... More 

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Centurion, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to learn about the history of humankind in an interactive way. Just mind your head at the boat ride. I hit my badly. Unfortunately the restaurant only opened at 12 so we couldn't go. Otherwise stunning experience

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South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is set in a nature reserve. It is interactive and has lots of information, which is presented in a fun way. It's great for kids. There is a short, gentle water ride taking you through earth's transformation through the ages. Entrance to the museum is R120 pp. I spent 2 hours just in the museum, taking my time... More 

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Ashkelon, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Originally known to lovers of anthropology-linked knowledge as the Sterkfontein Caves, remotely situated in the Hartebeestpoort Dam region of the North-West Province, this fascinating attraction was granted World Heritage Site status and is now appropriately called The Cradle of Humankind Visitors Center ( a comprehensive museum is located in the area, supplementing an unforgettable and humbling experience). Famously popularised in... More 

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