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Address: off R563 Hekpoort Road | Sterkfontein, Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site 1911, South Africa
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A trip back to where humanity started

Worthwhile a visit for couples and also edutaining with kids. Maropeng visitor centre is a museum nested in a tumulus building. It's a hours drive from Johannesburg. An... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AlexisvanDam
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very informative guidelines and display of exhibits.. My first ever visit to this historical place but loved the experience

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worthwhile a visit for couples and also edutaining with kids. Maropeng visitor centre is a museum nested in a tumulus building. It's a hours drive from Johannesburg. An interactive discovery journey to see where humankind started. Lots of research and artifacts but also edutaining to see how we as humans evolved!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did not do our homework and didn't realize that the Cradle of Humankind is not a museum, it's a 180 sq mile region about an hour from Johannesburg's airport. There are a lot of caves here where a number of hominids have been discovered. The Maropeng Visitor Center is just one thing you can do in this area but... More 

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Pitseng, Lesotho
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

walking below the ground without even noticing and the boat tour in dark channel was an awesome experience

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I enjoyed the experience very much. Very clean and well organised, great staff. It's also a great family outing, there's something for everyone.

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Roodepoort, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is unbelievable. All the showcases is 100% interactive and so well thought out that no guude is needed and you can take your time at each showcases. I saw my little girl learning alot of things and dont even realize it as everything is made ti be so much fun. Every showcase has either lights, moving objects lots... More 

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Tournai, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointing place to visit : nous réalisons interest with basic explanation of human kind history. Really good for and with kids but lousy for adults. Moreover very difficult location to find . Googlemaps was lost and no clear signs on the road.

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Krugersdorp, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was to learn more and show my kids what happened long time ago I also wanted them to see them self.

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State College, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't decide whether to visit based on the boat ride mentioned in several reviews. It's brief and fun, and makes a nice multi-sensory enhancement to reading signage, but it's a small part of the museum experience (reminded me of Disney's Epcot). If you want to take the kids to a theme park with a little bit of history thrown in,... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Maropeng Visitor Centre is linked with the archeological finds at Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng is the official visitors’ centre for the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is housed in a massive burial mound called a tumulus. The building houses interactive exhibits, and an underground boat ride through the building blocks of life. Here the... More 

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