Visit the West Coast Fossil Park, a National Heritage Site, is one of the richest fossil deposits ever discovered and, since then, the bones of some 200 different kinds of animals, some of them hitherto unknown to science, have been recovered. The highlight of the Fossil Park is the ‘live’ exhibit of an ongoing excavation of early Pliocene fossils. There are daily guided tours which give a background to the fossils and the climatic changes that happened in the region.
See what visitors and blogger have to say about their visits:
— Hannah Catmur (@hannahcatmur) January 12, 2016
Here lies something old, pieces of a whale and a long-necked giraffe, from 5 million years ago. Be amazed, be stunned and visit West Coast Fossil Park. #Africa #SouthAfrica #CapeTown #lovecapetown #WestCoastWay #fossil #excavation #archeology #bones #Wanderlust #Travel A photo posted by Going Somewhere Slowly (@going_somewhere_slowly) on
— Katy Smith (@Dr_Mastodonna) February 5, 2016
One of the fossil deposits at West Coast Fossil Park. A 5.2million year old fossil deposit on the west coast of South Africa and a National Heritage Site #southafrica #westerncape #fossil #heritage #westcoastfossilpark #explore #palaeontology #history A photo posted by Clinton Dean Jackson (@clinton_jackson) on
Crashing a school outing #westcoastfossilpark #fossils A photo posted by Rosalia Ladu (@rosalialadu) on
Open weekdays 09:00 – 15:00
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: guided tours from 10.00 to 13.00. Opening times vary according to season. (You are advised to phone or email ahead of your visit)
Closed: Christmas Day, New Year’s Day & Good Friday
Distance from Cape Town: 120km
Where: R27 to R45
Coordinates: 32° 57′ 19.4″ S 18° 6′ 49.9″ E
Take the road less travelled in the West Coast Way
For more information on West Coast Way Routes and the list of 101+ Things To See And Do in the Cape West Coast, visit our eventspage. Choose to go on a self-guided adventure drive by following the routes, or book an air-conditioned trip to top West Coast attractions in South Africa.