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Address: off R563 Hekpoort Road | Sterkfontein, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 1911, South Africa
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Had no idea what to expect and the first thing to impress us was the welcome we had at reception, A lovely young woman offered to take us up to the centre and explain everything... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Diane B
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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York, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really worth a visit if you want to know about your origins! Lots of clear information and ancient fossils dating back millions of years, great displays, videos and interactive activities. The best bit for me was the walk way that showed the timeline from now to 4.5 million years ago, just showed how recent we as homo sapiens really are... More 

Thank CSmale
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had no idea what to expect and the first thing to impress us was the welcome we had at reception, A lovely young woman offered to take us up to the centre and explain everything to us.She was exceptionaly knowledgable and enthusiastic and made everything all the more fascinating,We all really enjoyed the experience and as pensioners found it very... More 

Thank Diane B
Greyton, South Africa
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very educational and interactive experience. The staff are well trained and knowledgeable. The info centre is factual yet entertaining. Restaurant is adequate, yet not great.

Thank DemyanCpt
Singapore, Singapore
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81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have no kids but this place is excellent for bringing kids. The visitor center was extremely informative and well put together. It exceeded my expectations. Its great for family day out and I could see all the kids getting very excited about it.

Thank kimchixo
Cape Town
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22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The visitor centre is very well maintained and insightful. The tube ride (did not get wet) was a great surprise and added to the entire experience. The place is very insightful and interactive, I would highly recommend. Tips: I would be sure to get the dual ticket for the centre and the Sterkfontein caves. You can do both sites comfortably... More 

Thank VicSmit
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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91 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had wanted to visit both Maropeng and the caves but due to a large number of visiting schools we did not manage to get on a cave tour - so only did Maropeng. The road signage could be improved on. The exhibits are very good, especially for younger kids.

Thank Heike G
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had such an amazing stay and the staff were forever smiling and ready to help . They made me feel at home and I made some great friends .I had a deluxe room and it was so big and very clean . All the facilities were working and everything I needed was in the room. The view was breathtaking... More 

Thank TumisangThabo
Johannesburg, South Africa
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was so interesting to learn about the start of life on earth. The experience is well laid out, informative and fun. The whole family enjoyed it! A must to see Little Foot and Mrs Ples.

Thank Heidilararf
Sarasota, Florida
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146 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I recently visited Maropeng on a trip to South Africa. I was impressed with all of the displays and interactive functionality. It really made me think about the world, past, present and future. I would recommend this site to all humans, of any age.

Thank Mike G
Austin, Texas
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110 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We decided to do a day trip from Johannesburg and used Google Maps. Unfortunately google tried to take us thru private property that was blocked off & failed to give us other options. Somehow we found our way to the caves & there a nice gentlemen suggested putting in Maropeng Boutique Hotel in google maps and that's how we found... More 

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