The Arend Dieperink Museum in Mokopane is a gracious old school building that houses a collection of cultural and historical artefacts showcasing the history of the people of the region, from early hominids to more recent times.

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Mokopane is also home to Zebediela, one of the biggest citrus estates in the southern hemisphere.

Mokopane's Arend Dieperink Museum showcases the history of the area, from over three million years ago to the recent past.

The Arend Dieperink Museum is a charming old stone building that was once a school. The museum has a rich collection of implements and artefacts that detail the human occupation of this beautiful region. Outside in the garden you will also find fascinating old farm implements, tractors and wagons.

Other exhibits at the museum include a replica of a typical bushveld house, the type of dwelling in which early white farmers lived. There's also a 'Caves through the Ages' exhibition, showing life as experienced by early hominids in nearby Makapan's Valley.

You can take a guided tour from the museum to the Makapan's Valley World Heritage Site, a significant paleontological and historical site, and sister to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Sterkfontein.

The Makapan's Valley World Heritage Site is where Professor Raymond Dart, in 1936, discovered an Australopithecus fossil proving the presence of hominids here some 3,5 million years ago.

Makapan's Valley is also the site of a torrid battle between Chief Makapan's people and the Afrikaner Voortrekkers in the late 1800s.

Mokopane is a friendly bushveld town and a good base from which to explore the delights of the Waterberg, including game viewing, climbing, birding, bush walks and hiking.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Arend Dieperink Museum
Tel: +27 (0) 15 491 9735

How to get here

The Arend Dieperink Museum can be found at 97 Thabo Mbeki Drive in Mokopane in the Limpopo province.

Best time to visit

7.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Around the area

Mokopane is in the heart of the Waterberg region, home to many game reserves, national parks and wilderness areas.

Tours to do

Take a guided tour of the nearby Makapan's Valley World Heritage Site.

What to eat

Head for the Oude Werf coffee shop in Thabo Mbeki Drive, which serves breakfasts and light lunches in a charming rustic setting.