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Maropeng Visitor Center

off R563 014-577-9000 adult R105, child R60

S 25 58.031 E 027 39.747

Maropeng Visitor Center is the official visitor center of the Cradle of Humankind. This world-class exhibition center starts with the beginning of the earth and tracks the development of hominoids and how humans evolved through the use of tools, fire and language. There is a sizable fossil display, numerous interactive exhibits and an underground boat ride in which you travel back in time through the creation of the earth, finishing in a black hole. Note that there is a discount if you purchase both the Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves tickets at the same time. From Johannesburg, take the N1 to the M5 and head north about 12 km to the N14. Take the N14 west 15 km to the R563 and head north 8.5 km to D400 (a left-only turnoff). Continue west on D400 for 2.5 km to the right turn off to the site.

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