Cradle battlefields weekend: (Saturday, 4th – Sunday, 5th of October 2008)
During the second half of the 1900’s the SA War shifted dramatically into its most devastating phase. The guerrilla tactics used by one side and farm destruction by the other changed the course of the war and the next century of South African history. The Magaliesberg/Cradle area became one of the most important theatres of the new warfare. From a vantage point high in the Mogale’s Gate Nature Reserve you will look down on the sites of three critical battles. Dwarsvlei, where two Victoria Crosses were awarded and the Boers lost one of their finest generals. Nooitgedacht, where Beyers and de la Rey destroyed a British farm-burning column, and De Wet’s famous ride to bring the two Boer presidents together, one of the most incredible accomplishments in military history. Join renowned historian Vincent Carruthers as he takes you on a journey to discover the military manoeuvres of the armies and discuss the heroism and tragedy of the colourful individuals that took part.
The weekend getaway includes one night luxury accommodation at the luxurious Maropeng Hotel, all meals, a walking tour to the battle sites, an evening discussion with Vincent and entrance into the moMaropeng visitor centre. The battlefield weekend getaway costs R1950 per person. Booking is essential as space is limited.
Friends of the bat: (Saturday, 11th of October 2008)
The Gauteng & Northern Regions Bat Interest Groups will present an interesting talk about bats, clarifying facts and myths in an effort to conserve the declining bat population. Suitable for families, the presentation costs R195 for adults and R120 for children, which includes the presentation and dinner at the Tumulus restaurant followed by a walk in the Maropeng grounds looking for bats. It promises to be an evening to go absolutely batty for. Guests wishing to stay overnight can book the hotel special of R620 per person sharing per night including luxury accommodation and breakfast (in addition to the ‘friends of the bat’ cost).
Maropeng / Pink Boudoir girl’s weekend: (Saturday, 18th – Sunday, 19th of October 2008)
The idyllic setting of the 4-star Maropeng Hotel is ideal for the last girl’s weekend for 2008! In response to the enthusiastic feedback of the previous pamper weekends, Maropeng, together with The Pink Boudoir (www.thepinkboudoir.co.za), will be hosting a weekend of utter indulgence, exclusively for ladies on Saturday, 18th – Sunday, 19th of October 2008.
Set aside your role of mother, wife and career woman and rediscover your fun and feminine side. The package includes all meals, one night luxury accommodation at the Maropeng Hotel; pamper treatments, a variety of sensual workshops and presentations including pole dance and lap dancing lessons, surprise gifts and bubbly with meals. The cost is R1950 per person. Ladies will be able to check in to the hotel from 14h00 onwards on Saturday, 18th of October.
Stargazing: Living amongst the stars: (Saturday, 25th of October 2008)
An ancient philosopher once wrote, “Do we gaze at the stars because we are human, or, are we human because we gaze at stars?”
From the beginnings of time, early man gazed upward and beheld the awesome splendour of our night skies. He wondered what the stars were, and what lay beyond. At some time in human history, he speculated about the stars’ origins, and also the origins of his very own existence. The popular astronomy series of “after dinner” talks this month is entitled: “Living Amongst the Stars”, an illustrated talk looking into the fascinating realm of astronomy, and how it relates to our lives today. The evening is suitable for families, R170 per adult and R95 per child which includes a three-course dinner at the Tumulus restaurant and stargazing presentation.
After the illustrated talk, guests are invited to a leisurely star gazing session through large aperture telescopes (weather conditions permitting). Guests wishing to stay overnight can book the hotel special of R620 per person sharing per night including luxury accommodation and breakfast (in addition to the stargazing cost).
Join Vincent Nettmann, Maropeng’s resident astronomer, in an exploration of the Universe.
Christmas Day Buffet at Maropeng: (Thursday, 25th of December 2008)
Bookings are now open for the Christmas Day lunch, booking is essential as space is limited.
The Maropeng Hotel is celebrating its Festive Season rates of R620 per person sharing bed and breakfast. Stay in sheer luxury as you rejoice in the festivities of this time of year.
Contact Sylvia on the details alongside for all bookings, menus and further information. 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**