A-maze-ing prehistoric dino fun in the Science & Tech hall at the Rand Show

This year at the Rand Show, the DST-NRF Palaeosciences Centre of Excellence and the University of the Witwatersrand Evolutionary Studies Institute is creating a maze.

Rand Show trex

The maze is packed with dinosaurs and other ancient creatures. There is so much to see and do at the Rand Show maze!

Like dino spotting… Solve the maze to meet Fang the Afrovenator dinosaur (the African hunter). Frieda, Fred, Albert and George are prehistoric beasts from the ancient Karoo. See the 3D printed and digital models of a dinosaur, which is being reconstructed using the latest computerised technology. This dino, Dracovenator, or the Dragon Hunter, was a 6-7 m long, 190-million-year-old predator found near the Drakensberg.

Maze-runners will also explore the cave of the Ape-man and watch the tragedy of Australopithecus sediba’s last moments. Was he an early victim of family violence?

You can watch as fossils are slowly and patiently extracted from the rock in which they’re imbedded, using amazing skills of hand-eye coordination.

Rand Show fossil

See why Africa can boast that it was the place where it all started: science, humanity, technology, art, the controlled use of fire, and even the bed. Finally, see how fossils and other evidence explain climate change in the past and present, as well as predict the future.

But beware… There is a catch. Before you can leave the maze, you’ll have to complete dinosaur jigsaw puzzles and dig in a sand-pit for fossil bones. You will also have to solve simple puzzles and riddles based on the exhibits in the maze.

Once you’ve solved the maze… There’s plenty more to see and do in the Science and Technology hall. Catch an out-of-this-world show in the Edudome inflatable planetarium. Play video games with PlayStation. Wander through SAASTA’s Great South African Inventions exhibition. And watch an explosive science show with the Nutty Scientists. Plus check out loads of exhibits.

But that’s just part of the lineup of top-class entertainment at this year’s Rand Show. South Africa’s biggest consumer expo is the only show to offer attractions covering everything from sport, motoring, and military, to design, animals, gardening, health and beauty… There’s an entire day out for the whole family packed into each Rand Show ticket.

Rand ShowVisit here to find out about what’s on this year at the Rand Show.


The Rand Show runs from Friday, 14 April to Sunday, 23 April 2017, from 9 am to 7 pm (last entry at 6 pm). It is at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec. You can park in ample secure paid parking at the venue, with visible policing.

Rand Show tickets at the gate cost R150 for adults. R50 for pensioners. R50 for 13-16 years, R20 for 6-12 years. Children under six enter free. Midweek specials for Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 April only are R75 for adults, and R20 for 13-16 year olds.

Open-air parking is R20 per car. Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket. Tickets give access to a wide variety of entertainment attractions, but exclude rides on the helicopter and monorail, drifting, bagjumping, the fun fair, and refreshments and food.




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