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Maropeng

Afrikaans name: Maropeng

The Tumulus building

Maropeng - Tumulus building

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The Setswana word maropeng means "returning to the place of origin" and is a good description for the visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind.

The Cradle of Humankind is located to the west of Johannesburg and Pretoria and is easily reached by road. The are a number of places that are of interest but Maropeng is the main highlight for most visitors.

The main exhibition is housed in a grass covered structure called the Tumulus building. As you approach the entrance to the buildng you pass a number of exhibits of fossils under dome-shaped glass.

The first display in the building shows various dinosaur fossils from South Africa inscluding some that are over 200 million years old.

You can then head down the stairs to the main exhibit which has a surprising way of starting. In the main hall there are various skulls on displays and exhibits of what these early humans may have looked like. There are lots of other interactive displays where, for example, you can phone a Dodo!

The Tumulus restaurant allows you to enjoy a meal and fabulous views on the top of the building. Closer to the car park is the Market Place Restaurant which serves simpler meals. There are a number of shops around the Market Place Restaurant.

Maropeng

Above - Maropeng

Photo © Steven Herbert

Maropeng

Above - Maropeng

Photo © Steven Herbert

Maropeng

Above - Maropeng

Photo © Steven Herbert

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