Friday, 8th – Sunday, 10th of August:
Maropeng / Pink Boudoir girl’s weekend
Saturday, 16th and Saturday, 23rd of August:
Swartkrans walking tours
Saturday, 23rd of August:
Whisky tasting evening
Saturday, 30th and Sunday 31st of August:
Mugg & Bean 24 hour race and concert
Maropeng / Pink Boudoir girl’s weekend (Friday, 8th – Sunday, 10th of August)
The idyllic setting of the 4-star Maropeng Hotel is ideal for a girl’s weekend. In response to the enthusiastic feedback of the first pamper weekend, Maropeng, together with The Pink Boudoir (www.thepinkboudoir.co.za), will be hosting another weekend of utter indulgence, exclusively for ladies on Friday, 8th – Sunday, 10th of August.
Set aside your role of mother, wife and career woman and rediscover your fun and feminine side. The package includes all meals, two nights luxury accommodation at the Maropeng Hotel, pamper treatments, a variety of sensual workshops and presentations, surprise gifts and bubbly with meals. Popular radio personality Clayton Robbertze will be providing the entertainment on Saturday evening. The cost is R2950 per person. Ladies will be able to check in to the hotel from 14h00 onwards on Friday, 8th of August.
Swartkrans walking tours (Saturday, 16th and Saturday, 23rd of August)
Previously closed to the public, Maropeng is offering private walking tours to the famous hominid fossil site of Swartkrans. Scientist Morris Sutton, currently excavating at the site, will lead the tours and present the public with a rare opportunity to observe an active archaeological dig. Swartkrans is the site where the first evidence of the co-existence of two different types of hominid species was discovered, proving that human evolution did not follow a linear sequence, but rather branched off, with some species becoming extinct. Swartkrans is also internationally significant for the discovery of earliest evidence of the use of controlled fire, dating back to 1-million years.
Weather permitting, the walking tours will depart from Sterkfontein Caves at 9h00. Morris Sutton will lead the tour on foot to Swartkrans, present an overview of the history of Swartkrans and explain the current excavations. The tour will conclude at a grass amphitheatre where an elegant picnic will be set up, before returning to Sterkfontein Caves. As Swartkrans is an open excavation site, no persons under the age of 18 will be permitted. The cost is R550 per person, and booking is essential as the tours will be limited to 12 people. The walking tours in August will be the last for this year, so ensure that you book your space now.
Whisky tasting evening (Saturday, 23rd of August)
Connoisseurs of fine Scotch whisky should not miss the whisky tasting evening at the elegant Maropeng Hotel. A selection of some of the highest calibre single malt Scotch whiskies will be presented for tasting, including Tullibardine 1992, The Balvenie Doublewood 12 year old and the exclusive Laphroaig 10 year old. A gourmet dinner will be served accompanied by a whisky selected to complement each course. Nestled at the foot of the Ochil Hills where the Socttish Highlands begin, the Tullibardine Distillery distils its scotch whisky from the purest highland spring water.
Tullibardine 1992, a fine single Highland malt matured in bourbon and sherry casks, has a refreshing citrus nose with a slight hint of liquorice and toffee. In the heart of the Scottish Highlands, The Balvenie Distillery produces whisky from barley grown on its thousand-acre farm. The 12 year old Balvenie Doublewood single malt is matured in traditional oak and a Spanish oak sherry cask, creating a smooth single malt with a nutty sweetness and cinnamon spiciness, layered with honey and vanilla on the nose. True connoisseurs will relish the opportunity to sample the rich, earthy 10 year old Laphroaig whisky, undoubtedly one of the best single malts in the world. Laphroaig’s 200-year history is perceptible in each bottle, as is the pungent, earthy aroma of blue peat smoke, and the sweet nuttiness of barley.
The cost for the whisky tasting evening is R350 per person including a three-course dinner. Guests wishing to stay overnight can book the hotel special of R620 per person sharing per night including luxury accommodation and breakfast (cost excludes the whisky tasting evening).
Mugg & Bean 24 hour race and concert (Saturday, 30th and Sunday 31st of August)
The popular Mugg & Bean 24 hour race will be held at Maropeng this year, starting at 12h00 on Saturday, 30th of August. Individuals, teams of two or four, or corporate teams of between five and ten riders can enter the 24-hour relay mountain bike race which will end at 12h00 on Sunday, 31st of August. Children between the ages of four and ten can take part in a fun adventure quest on the specially designed kiddies track, taking place on Sunday at 9h00. Nissan will also be sponsoring a 4×4 track, and the Fox MX stunt riders will be performing freestyle motocross displays during the weekend.
In conjunction with the race, Maropeng will also be host to the EA Rock Concert, taking place on Saturday from 11h00 at the amphitheatre on the Maropeng grounds. The exciting line-up includes Prime Circle, Evolver, Stealing Love Jones, Spoonfeedas, Lonehill Estate, 1st Project, Knave, New Academics, Unlisted and Lady Lea. Refreshments will be available at Maropeng, various stalls and the Mugg & Bean tent in the amphitheatre. Entries for the race cost R250 for individuals, R440 for teams of 2, R850 for teams of 4 and R1500 for corporate teams. Visit www.the24hour.co.za to enter. Concert tickets are available from R150 to R250 each at Computicket.
For more bookings, menus and further information, contact Sylvia on the details alongside. Booking is essential for presentations and special events as space is limited. Directions are available on the website alongside.
**Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves are powered by generators during power outages and continue to operate during load shedding**