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The Western Cape Sights

West Coast Fossil Park

  • Geological Site

Updated 11/07/2014

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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, cycling trails through the areas, and interesting archaeological workshops for all ages. There's also a children's play park and a simple coffee shop where you can have a toasted sandwich. Kids will love the tour and the dinosaur digs they can take home.

Sight Information


R27, Langebaan, 7375, South Africa



Sight Details:

  • R20, tours R55
  • Weekdays 8–4, weekends 10–1; tours on the hour

Updated 11/07/2014


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