West Coast Fossil Park

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Description

Five million years ago the Cape’s West Coast was very different from what it is today. A wide range of animals (now extinct) lived in riverine forests, wooded savannah, and ocean as well as on offshore islands.

Phosphate mining operations at Langebaanweg uncovered one of the richest fossil sites in the world.

Over the past 40 years bones of 200 different kinds of animals, many of them new to science have been recovered. A few years after mining operations ceased in 1993, a 14 hectare fossil-rich area within the mine property was declared a National Heritage Site.

The West Coast Fossil Park, a component of Iziko Museums, offers visitors an opportunity to have an on-site fossil experience.

Learn about mysterious ancient environments, fascinating animal life and the climatic changes that occurred in this region 5 million years ago on a guided tour. The West Coast Fossil Park also has a kiddie’s play park, gift shop, picnic areas as well as a lovely coffee shop.

Need to know? The main tour runs from 11:30 – 13:00 every day of the week and includes a slide presentation and visit to the dig site. Mini tours are available every hour from 9:00 –15:00 weekdays (except at 12:00); phone +27 (0) 22 766 1606 for mini tour times over weekends and public holidays. The mini tour includes a visit to the dig site.
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Beautiful and informative - I recently visited the West Coast Fossil Park as part of an academic team from UCT and was impressed by the facilities, presentation and stark beauty of the place. There are well-marked mountain-bike trails of various grades and decent birdlife (including a pair of fish eagles). Most amazing are the fossils that you can see for yourself, in situ. A highly recommended excursion for those in the Cape.

Simon Hull
South Africa

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*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R550
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Juffroushoogte Guest Farm

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Thali Thali Game Lodge

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Klein Daroc

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10.77km from West Coast Fossil Park

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Langebaan Country Lodge

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The Quiver Tree B&B

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11.88km from West Coast Fossil Park

The Quiver Tree B&B is nestled in its own 5 acres on a wildlife friendly small holding estate. It ha...

from R630
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The Wacky Bush Lodge

Sleeps 24 Long Acres Country Estate Guest House in Long Acres Country Estate
11.88km from West Coast Fossil Park

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from R1,440
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Horseshoe Inn

Sleeps 10 Long Acres Country Estate Self-catering in Long Acres Country Estate
12.00km from West Coast Fossil Park

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from R1,296
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Apollo 12

Sleeps 6 Mykonos Self-catering in Mykonos
12.05km from West Coast Fossil Park

Apollo 12 is a luxury house located in the secluded boundaries of Club Mykaos. The house offers self...

from R1,050
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Masada Guest House

Sleeps 28 Long Acres Country Estate Bed and Breakfast in Long Acres Country Estate
12.19km from West Coast Fossil Park

Situated on an enormous equestrian estate overlooking the north side of Saldanha Bay, the privately...

from R650
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Sonkwasriet Guest Room

Sleeps 2 Mykonos Self-catering in Mykonos
12.28km from West Coast Fossil Park

Sonkwasriet Guest Room offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in the seaside town of Langeba...

 
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Simon Hull - 14 September 2012