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West Coast Fossil Park

West Coast Fossil Park Review

About 20 minutes from Langebaan on the R45 on the way to Paternoster is the West Coast Fossil Park, one of the richest fossil sites in the world. It was discovered by chance while the area was being mined for phosphates in the 1950s. Since then, more than 200 kinds of fossilized animals have been collected, including the Africa bear, which used to roam this area. The park has been declared a national monument, and the curators have done much to make the park and information about the fossils as accessible as possible. There are interactive guided tours, cycle trails through the areas, and interesting archaeological workshops for all ages. There's also a children's play park.

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