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Exceptionally well-preserved and diverse remains of fossil fauna define West Coast Fossil Park. Some fossils date back to 5.2 million years. Bones of 200 different animal species can be found at this site which was discovered during phosphate mining operations in 1993. The park offers fossil tours and gives you an opportunity to take part in the excavations. Compare the skeleton of an extinct African bear to a human or that of a sivathere--a short-necked long-horned giraffe--or, examine a skull of an extinct sabre-toothed cat. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to West Coast Fossil Park by using our Vredenburg vacation builder tool.
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West Coast Fossil Park Reviews
We had gone as a group at the end of December, expecting a dustbowl, as it was 15 years ago, only to be totally impressed! it is a world-class, impressionable destination for all, not just those... more »
The tour itself wasn't very long but it was very informative. The guide was knowledgable and the staff friendly. If you're driving out from CPT I'd recommend making a day of it in Langebaan area... more »
Great experience and beautifully presented We were invited by friends to visit with family. Last Time visited was about 10 years and wow, what a pleasant surprise at the new setup. Chalk and cheese is an understatement, a complete makeover for the better. Well worth a visit to see how art is used to depict the past. The tour guide was enthusiastic and informative. We were fortunate to meet the park manager. Pippa and she added insights which was appreciated. The food was acceptable and the coffee was great. Have planned to take my twenty year old kids to see this new wonder a decade later. Well worth the visit
This is a great place to visit and is suitable for children, adults and especially school groups. The park is pet friendly, wheelchair accessible and easy to locate. Aside from this, they have active dig-sites, informative guided tours, a lovely restaurant and the venue is great for special events. I highly recommend spending about 3 hours or more to truly enjoy this place. Bookings aren't necessary except maybe during peak holiday seasons and for large groups.
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