Maropeng Cradle of Humankind

The main building at Maropeng, called the Tumulus, emulates an ancient burial mound from the front, and in stark contrast, upon exiting, a very modern iconic structure is revealed.

The architecture is symbolic of the journey through the evolution of life that is represented underground in the Maropeng Visitors Centre and the entire layout of the individual facilities across the site is based on the theme of constant discovery.

An original fossil display and a boat ride on an underground lake through the four lifegiving elements that combined to form the earth and shape the world as it is known today, are offered in the Maropeng Visitors Centre.

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