April events at Maropeng

Carvery lunch: available on select Sundays throughout April

Enjoy a delicious carvery lunch at Maropeng's Tumulus Restaurant which includes a choice of two roast meats, salads and desserts.

Cost : Adults R175 each. Children 5-12 years are R95 each. Kiddies menu 5-12 years R 50 each.

Please note: This is separate from the Easter Weekend Carveries running from 18 April to 21 April 2014. Bookings are confirmed once paid in full. Norefunds will be made within 72 hours of the event.

For more information, contact Mmathabo Maine on mmathabom@maropeng.co.za or log onto www.maropeng.co.za and click on 'shop.'

05 April: The history of chocolate and chocolate tasting

Enjoy lunch at the Maropeng Hotel followed by chocolate tasting and an informal chat on the history of chocolate, the origins and make up of chocolate, learning how to taste chocolate as well as the chance to experience chocolate from Africa, Europe and Asia. After the talk, those who attend will be given the opportunity to select a box of chocolate truffles to take home and enjoy.

Age: All ages

Time: 12:00 for 12:30

Venue: The Maropeng Hotel

Cost: R400 per person - includes welcome drinks, lunch (starter and main course) followed by the chocolate tasting.

5 April: Cooper's Cave Tour with Christine Steininger

There's no better way to teach your children something new than by letting them experience it first-hand, and there's not much to beat Cooper's Cave, a living museum in which fossils remain embedded in ancient rock to tell tales of a bygone era. "You can walk through the site and see literally hundreds of fossils in the rocks around you - it's an incredible experience," says Christine Steininger, tour leader and palaeoanthropologist associated with the Palaeosciences Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand. Christine's passion for human evolution and fossils, along with her wealth of knowledge about this remarkable landscape, add great value to every tour she conducts.

The day's activities include a walking tour that describes the environment past and present, an interactive fossil and site talk, exploring a cave, searching for fossils in recently excavated deposits and learning how to make stone tools. Cooper's Cave is renowned for the diversity of animals contained in its fossil record. It was on this exact spot some 1.8 - to 1.4 - million years ago that hunting hyena and sabre-toothed cats once stalked their prey while early hominin Paranthropus robustus fought for survival.

An open woodland habitat with abundant food and water attracted a range of species to the area, many of which remain frozen in time for modern humans to discover. The high level of calcium carbonate contained in the surrounding rock structure helped to speed up the preservation process and promote fossilisation of remains. Learn about the fascinating research that's taking place at Cooper's Cave and gain a personal perspective on the fossil record. The cave is an easy 1.2 km walk from Sterkfontein Caves, which makes it an ideal family outing. A picnic rounds off an exciting day's outdoor activities.


Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a jersey, torch, hat, sunscreen and camera.

Should you wish to combine your tour with a stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel, please contact Mmathabo Maine on 014 577 9000 or
mmathabom@maropeng.co.za to make a reservation.

Age: All ages
Time: 09:00
Venue: Meet at the Sterkfontein Caves before walking to the Cooper's Cave
Cost: The cost of the tour, which includes a picnic lunch, is R375 per adult
and R150 for children up to the age of 14.

12 April 2014: Stargazing at the Tumulus Restaurant

"Galileo and the planets, the man who changed the World".

In 1609 Galileo Galilei became the first modern day Scientist when he turned his telescope towards the heavens. What did Galileo "see" that changed the way we perceive our Universe? How much has our knowledge of Cosmology progressed since Galileo's time?

Come and enjoy a pre-dinner, an illustrated talk by Maropeng's resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann, and a laser guided binocular sky tour and a chance to stargaze through a large aperture telescopic (subject to weather conditions). Don't miss this opportunity to observe Saturn, the "darling of Astronomy".

Age:  All ages

Time:  17:30 - Arrival for welcome drinks in the Tumulus Building Reception

18:00 - Stargazing presentation in the designated conference room

A buffet dinner and stargazing will follow after the presentation

Venue: Maropeng Tumulus Building

Cost - Adults: R275 each and Children: R145 per child

18 - 20 April: Easter Weekend

There will be an Easter Sunday Carvery with special Easter Treats for the whole family

Date: Friday 18 April to Monday 21 April 2014

Venue:  Tumulus Restaurant

Cost: Adults R200 per person. Children's buffet (5-12 years) R120 per child. Kiddies menu (ages 5-12 years) R75 each.

Hotel Special

Book through www.directhotels.com

Valid:  Thursday 17 April to Monday 21 April 2014

Cost: R930 per person sharing includes: dinner, bed and breakfast and the carvery lunch at the Tumulus Restaurant as well as entry tickets into the Maropeng Exhibition and Sterkfontein Caves.

Cost: R1230 single supplement dinner, bed and breakfast and the carvery lunch at the Tumulus Restaurant as well as tickets to the Maropeng
Exhibition and Sterkfontein Caves.

Subject to availability an interleading room can be booked for children for a maximum of 2 children up to the age of 12 years.

Cost: R750 per night. Please note all meals, access to the Maropeng
exhibition and Sterkfontein Caves will be charged for separately.

Ongoing: Kiddies Birthday Parties

Maropeng has put together a number of fun and educational kiddies birthday party packages. While parents relax and enjoy the splendour of their surroundings, the children will be entertained by a guided tour of the Sterkfontein Caves or Maropeng Visitor Centre, followed by supervised party games. A number of optional party extras such as a birthday cake, lunch-pack, lucky packet, jumping castle and child minders are also available.

Age: The party packages cater for all ages.

Time: To be confirmed with the booking.

Venue: Either at Sterkfontein Caves or Maropeng (to be confirmed with the booking.)

For more information on costs, events, bookings and essential requirements, call us on (014) 577 9000 or visit www.maropeng.co.za and book on the shop.