West Coast Fossil Park, Vredenburg

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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  • 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 »
  • just had a visit to this fabulous fossil park with 4 children age from 3 to 9 years old they were intrigued with the amount of really simple info available so interesting we brought them back two...  more »
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  • No liquor licence, food was okay but aim for a cool day. Great for the kids but a rather interesting experience for the adults alike. Very clean and very neat. Worth a breakfast visit and a stroll.
  • An amazing visit to view the fossils. Staff and guides all well informed and friendly making the visit most enjoyable. Pensioner discount on entry also appreciated
  • The West Coast Fossil Park is a kind-bending delight. More than a million fossils from some 300 species dating back five million years have been unearthed at this site over the last three decades. It is also the only known site of the African Bear of which an entire intact fossil has been discovered here. The scale of the site, unique globally, and the African Bear discovery are being used to motivate for world heritage status. A new visitors centre is a recent addition and now houses a restaurant, exhibition space and education centre. The guided hour-long tour is affordable and information rich. Don't miss it.
  • Beautiful new building and information very informative. Staff friendly. Was a most enjoyable visit.
  • A must see when you visit the West Coast. The new buildings and exhibitions are impressive. Be sure to book a guided tour to the excavation site. Something to see from young to old.
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