September 10: The full moon: Stargazing and accommodation special

Did you know that the moon is drifting away from Earth at the same rate as the average human fingernail grows every year? Discover this and learn everything you have ever wanted to know about planet Earth’s celestial dancing partner, the moon, with Maropeng’s resident astronomer on Saturday, September 10. The evening includes welcome drinks and buffet dinner at the stunning Tumulus Restaurant.

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 sky objects and the moon through a range of large-aperture telescopes.

The cost for this special evening is R190 per adult and includes the stargazing presentation and a delicious buffet dinner. Remember to dress warmly.

Accommodation special
Why not combine the event with an overnight stay at the luxurious Maropeng boutique hotel? It costs R1 047 per person sharing, per night, and includes bed and breakfast, as well as the stargazing dinner and presentation.

Make a booking.

September 17: Bone Detectives: Reading the bones of our ancestors
The bones of our human ancestors hold many stories about our voyage through evolution. Fossil records provide clues to our diets and how we moved, and this wealth of information can be obtained from often small and incomplete pieces of bone.

Join Maropeng and Wits University up-and-coming scientist Brendon Billings on a fascinating journey of discovery, guided by the clues offered by fossils. Become detectives and reconstruct the history of our species on this tour where you will have the opportunity to compare different types of hominid bones, participate in an active observation class and walk through Sterkfontein Caves with experienced tour guide Reuben Tsime, allowing visitors to develop an appreciation of the geological context within which fossils are uncovered.

You will also enjoy a fantastic picnic buffet lunch overlooking the beautiful Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.

This tour is suited for anyone with a passion for science or those who want to expand their knowledge on human evolution through an introduction into the toolkit used to identify fossil species. The tour will start at 09h00 at Sterkfontein Caves. The cost of the tour is R350 per person and includes the picnic lunch.

Accommodation special
Why not combine the event with an overnight stay at the luxurious Maropeng Boutique Hotel? Prices are R1 350 per person sharing per night, and this includes dinner, bed and breakfast as well as the Bone Detectives picnic and walking tour.

Make a booking.

2011-09-02 00:00:00 2011-09-02 18:00:00 Africa/Johannesburg September 10: The full moon: Stargazing and accommodation special , R400 (just off the R563 Hekpoort),, Cradle of Humankind, , 0, 0,

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