Maropeng: Joburg West Hot
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Maropeng forms part of the Cradle of Human Kind and is the primary center for the Tumulus Building which has numerous displays about human- kind’s origins.

Due to its proximity to Johannesburg it is an ideal location to spend a few hours in the mornings photographing the array of highveld bird species.


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings as the sun just starts rising over the horizon.
Photographic Tips
It is best to drive around slowly with beanbag mounted on the window sill of the vehicle. Walking slowly through the koppies with camera already mounted on your tripod also provides good opportunities. Spring is best for photographing the Amur Falcons.
Recommended Gear
Telephoto lenses are a priority for bird photography.


Site Highlights
Flocks of Amur Falcon during summer months. Tumulus Building, with displays on the origin of human kind.


Season and Weather
Maropeng has a typical highveld climate with approximately 700m of rain falling per annum and mainly during the summer months. Frost occurs regularly at night during the winter months.


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Getting There
Maropeng is situated on the R400 just off the R563 Hekpoort Rd.
Maropeng - Cradle of Humankind


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