South Africa: Where It All Began

Welcolme to the Maropeng Visitor Centre, Cradle of Humankind

Maropeng and Cradle of HumankindSouth African Tourism

Maropeng is the official visitors’ centre for the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site near Johannesburg.

Cradle of Humankind, GautengSouth African Tourism

The center lies on the boundary of a 47 000-hectare area, which was recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1999.

Maropeng and Cradle of HumankindSouth African Tourism

More than 1000 hominid fossils and several hominid species have been found in a network of limestone in the area, spanning a period of around three million years.

Cradle of Humankind, Tumulus Building at MaropengSouth African Tourism

The Maropeng buliding resembles an ancient burial mound, known as a tumulus, which blends artfully with the grassland surroundings.

Maropeng and Cradle of HumankindSouth African Tourism

The exhibits at the centre take visitors back in time to the start of our universe, some 14 billion years ago and continue into the present day.

The Cradle of Humankind GautengSouth African Tourism

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