Maropeng and iHominin are offering budding palaeontologists a rare opportunity to explore a 1.5-million-year-old fossil site.
Coopers Cave, 1.2km from the famous Sterkfontein Caves near Johannesburg, is a relatively newly discovered fossil site, where several species of animals and a number of stone tools have been found.
The days activities include a walking tour, an interactive fossil and site talk, exploring a cave, a chance to look for fossils, and learning how to make stone tools.
This is a must-do for adults and children with an interest in palaeontology and archaeology. Remember to pack a jersey, torch, hat, apply sunscreen and wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes oh, and bring your camera!
The tour will start at 09h00 at Sterkfontein Caves. This is a family event. Book your place at the Cooper’s cave picnic
Star gazing: Living amongst the stars
The telescope has revolutionised science and astronomy. From the moment a telescope was turned towards the heavens, it became an instrument with which to judge our origins and our fate.
The stars hold many stories about how the universe began. In this Star gazing event which takes place on Saturday, March 12, 2011, Maropengs resident astronomer Vincent Nettmann will reveal how the stars are related to the origins of humankind on Earth.
The evening begins at 17h00 with welcome drinks and snacks on the Tumulus deck where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the Cradle of Humankind as the sun sets.
The stargazing presentation will be followed by a buffet dinner. Remember to bring binoculars so you can participate in this laser-guided sky tour. Subject to weather conditions, you will be able to observe the summer sky objects and the moon through a range of large aperture telescopes.
The cost for this special evening is R190 per adult and R90 per child (4 to 14 years) and includes the stargazing presentation and a delicious buffet dinner.
For further information follow the links alongside.