Thursday, August 18, 2016

I visit Maropeng and the Maropeng Boutique Hotel in the Cradle of Humankind.

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It has been three years since I last visited this tourist attraction.
Situated less than an hour from either Johannesburg or Pretoria
it should be on everyone's bucket list.

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Seen from the East, the building seems to be settled into the ground.
After several environmental impact studies, the visitors centre 
was designed and built in such a way as to be in the ground
and not "perched" on top.

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The centre atrium, looking skywards.
There is a fountain at the foot of this stairwell 
that leads up the Tumulus Restaurant on the first floor.
The foyer offers guests a lot of information about
the history of mankind, both in the area as well as globally.
This is not a quick in and out type visit,
take your time to absorb all the facts that are on offer.

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And speaking of food...
a very tasty buffet lunch was "on the menu" when I visited.

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And, of course, dessert!
This restaurant is very popular over weekends and public holidays
and booking you table in advance is recommended.

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Part of the front of the main building,
with the flags proudly flapping in the wind.

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The media group that I was part of had come here to launch Isivivane,
a Zulu name that refers to a pile of stones left by travellers. 

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And the rock (with my name engraved) 
will eventually form part of that pile.

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This is the way that you enter the exhibition centre at Maropeng.
It brings new meaning to the expression...
"Going back through a tunnel of time".

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Inside the display at Maropeng

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Another part of the display hall.

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Real fossils are kept in this room and as a result
strict security is enforced when there are people here.

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The Maropeng Boutique Hotel can be found within walking distance
of the visitors center.
Like the centre, it to is built into the land, therefore having less impact
than a traditional building

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The late afternoon sun lights the reception area.

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A couple of guests enjoying sundowners on the deck

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As the sun dips below the horizon,
guests can make their way into dinner

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The reception foyer at night.

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The passage that leads to the accommodation wing

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Dinner...and what a dinner it was!

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An Astronomy presentation ended off the evening.
Cloud cover had crept in during the talk
which meant that only Saturn...

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And the moon were visible.
But a wonderful way to end of a busy schedule

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Early morning in the Cradle.
This is the view from the patio outside my room.

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My room, spacious and welcoming.
The hotel also has wheelchair accessible accommodation
and there are ramps to all the public areas.

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Time for breakfast, before heading home.

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