Monday, 1st – Tuesday, 30th of September:
Maropeng celebrates Heritage month
Saturday, 13th – Sunday, 14th of September:
Maropeng / Pink Boudoir girl’s weekend
Saturday, 20th of September:
Stargazing evening: Galileo – Mysterious moons and gas giants
Wednesday, 24th of September:
The Magaliesberg Classic Country Festival
Maropeng celebrates Heritage month: (Monday, 1st – Tuesday, 30th of September)
Wednesday, 24th of September is Heritage Day in South Africa. Our heritage celebrates our achievements and contributes to redressing past inequities. It educates, it deepens our understanding of society and encourages us to empathise with the experience of others. It facilitates healing, material and symbolic restitution and it promotes new and previously neglected research into our rich oral traditions and customs. Maropeng is dedicating September to the national celebration of our heritage. Maropeng, meaning ‘returning to the place of our origins’ in Setswana, is located in the Cradle of Humankind, one of South Africa’s first World Heritage Sites. Maropeng’s world-class visitor centre takes visitors on a journey of discovery of the origins of humankind, and showcases the wealth of palaeo-anthropological evidence found in this area. Come and visit Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves during the month of September to celebrate humanity and how our past has shaped our nation today. The Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves are open on Heritage Day.
Maropeng / Pink Boudoir girl’s weekend: (Saturday, 13th – Sunday, 14th of September)
The idyllic setting of the 4-star Maropeng Hotel is ideal for a girl’s weekend. In response to the enthusiastic feedback of the previous pamper weekends, Maropeng, together with The Pink Boudoir (www.thepinkboudoir.co.za), will be hosting another weekend of utter indulgence, exclusively for ladies on Saturday, 13th to sunday, 14th of September. 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 2pm onwards on Saturday, 13th of September.
Stargazing evening: Galileo – Mysterious moons and gas giants (Saturday, 20th of September)
Join Maropeng’s resident astronomer Vincent Nettmann on 20 September for a fascinating journey through time and space, as he pays tribute to the life and legacy of Galileo Galilei, the first person to point a telescope at the night skies. Called the “father of modern observational astronomy”, Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution. His amazement with the heavens was the foundation on which his dedication and commitment to learning more and getting closer to the stars, aided his genius in improving the telescope above all others of its time, and then to his consequent astronomical observations. The motion of uniformly accelerated objects, taught in nearly all high school and introductory university physics courses, was studied by Galileo as the subject of kinematics. His contributions to observational astronomy include the telescopic confirmation of the phases of Venus, the discovery of the four largest satellites of Jupiter, named the Galilean moons in his honour, and the observation and analysis of sunspots.
The stargazing presentation includes a three-course dinner at the 4-star Maropeng Hotel and costs R285 per person. For those wishing spend the evening, the over-night stay will cost R620 per person sharing per night (R400 single supplement) including luxury accommodation and a full English breakfast.
The Magaliesberg Classic Country Festival: (Wednesday, 24th of September)
Launching on Wednesday, 24th of September 2008 in the Magaliesberg, the Magaliesberg Classic Country Festival is set to reposition the Magalies Meander as a noteworthy excursion for discerning day-trippers or overnighters looking to escape the urban confines of Johannesburg and Pretoria. It will take place in the grounds of Bekker School (off the R563 on the way to Hekpoort). Highlights include a spectacular performance by the 100-piece Johannesburg youth orchestra together with the SA Lipizzaners from Kyalami. Other events include a line-up of local classical and jazz musicians, a mountain bike race and a cross-country hike, an organic market, cocktail and beer garden, fine food and drinks, lots of fun facilities for kids and an exhibition area to highlight the venues and people in the Magaliesberg. Tickets will be available at Computicket.
For 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**