About Cradle Boutique Hotel

Our Social Responsibility

Education and conservation are the interlinked themes that drive the Cradle Boutique Hotel’s social responsibility programme. 

Owned by the Malapa Motsetse Foundation, the focus is on preserving and protecting the cultural, paleoanthropological and natural heritage of this significant part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. 

All profits are fed into supporting projects run through the Malapa Motsetse Foundation, including one that helps improve the STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths) subjects for children in the impoverished Johannesburg suburb, Westbury. The Foundation feeds 90 children daily and supports 17 primary schools in and around Westbury from Monday to Friday.

To ensure that the local communities understand the importance of preserving the Greater Cradle Nature Reserve, The Malapa Motsetse Foundation and Cradle Boutique Hotel teams run education workshops that help both hotel staff and school children understand the significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the birthplace of our species and ensure that it is protected in perpetuity.

One of our key educational tools is the Malapa Museum, built in partnership with renowned paleoanthropologist Lee Berger’s Foundation for Exploration, the Malapa Motsetse Foundation and National Geographic.

The Malapa Museum Experience takes visitors on a journey into the past, exploring some of the most important discoveries that have made this region famous for helping us understand humankind’s deep African origins.

Join us and become custodians of the origins of man.



Learn more about the Cradle Boutique Hotel and its social responsibility