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A Weekend Getaway to Maropeng

I recently wrote an article for JHBlive.com about a weekend that I spent at the Maropeng Hotel in the Cradle of Humankind, just north of Joburg. (See the original article here.) I’ve finally gotten around to posting the story on my blog. Enjoy: I’m a Joburg-based travel blogger so obviously I’ve done the Cradle of Humankind thing many times. I’ve driven the beautiful countryside, seen the fossils, toured the museums. I know all about Little Foot, South Africa’s most famous hominid skeleton, and I’ve rubbed Dr. Robert Broom’s nose outside Sterkfontein Cave. (Legend has it that rubbing the nose on Dr. Broom’s bronze statue at Sterkfontein brings good luck. I’m pretty sure it works.) Dr. Robert Broom’s statue with its rubbed-to-a-shine nose. My favorite, most photogenic skull at the Sterkfontein Cave Museum. The striking Maropeng Visitor Centre, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind. But the one problem with living 50 kilometres from this beautiful World Heritage Site is that it works too well as a day trip. I’d been hearing about the lovely boutique hotel at Maropeng – the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind – for years, but I could never find a good excuse to stay there. […]

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