The Cradle of Humankind Visitor Centre at Maropeng has extended its visiting hours and has added discounted rates, following the discovery of the Naledi fossils.
The Visitor Centre says it has seen a dramatic increase in visitors, with 2 500 having entered on Heritage Day alone. As a result, preparations have been made to further accommodate guests.
“We have brought in a lot of additional resources, including staff and expertise across different areas of operation to assist with the increase in traffic,” says Peter Mhanaza, acting gm at Maropeng.
The extended visiting hours mean the Naledi display will be open until 17h00 on weekdays and 19h00 on Fridays and Saturdays.
In light of the current school holidays, the Centre has also added a 25% discount on entry prices at Maropeng, where every paying parent also gets a free entry for one child.
Surrounding hotels and lodges will also be offering Naledi reduced prices until October 18, to encourage visitors to make a weekend or short holiday of their outing to the Cradle of Humankind.
The Naledi fossils leave Maropeng on October 18.