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West Coast Drive - Yzerfontein, Fossil Park - 1Hr Tour, !Khwa ttu - San Cultural 1.5Hr Tour, Milnerton Lighthouse, Views of Table Mountain
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http://www.capetowndaytours.co.za/our-tours/historic-west-coast-tour/

Visit the West Coast Fossil Park close to Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa. See the fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes and the many other exotic animals which inhabited the west coast area some 5 million years ago.

The fossil site of Langebaanweg is located in the West Coast Fossil Park, approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 11/2 hour drive), and is world-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal remains that date to the terminal Miocene/early Pliocene (circa 5.2 million years ago).

A national and international team of researchers are currently unraveling the fascinating and unique history of fossils from the West Coast Fossil Park and attempting to recreate the environment and climate of the west coast some 5 million years ago. At this time many animals that are now extinct, such as saber-toothed cats, short-necked giraffes, hunting hyenas and African bears roamed the west coast which then had a more subtropical climate with lush, riverine forests and open grasslands.

The deeply buried fossil deposits were uncovered during phosphate mining in the Langebaanweg area. The mining started in 1943, initially at Baard’s Quarry on Langeberg Farm, close to where the airforce training base is today. Here solid phosphate rock was mined for fertilizer and it is thought that many tons of fossils were crushed up along with the rock before scientists were made aware of their existence.

The phosphates come from the Varswater Formation. In the early 1960’s, the mining moved from Baard’s Quarry to the nearby Varswater ”C” and ‘E’ Quarries. Mining ceased altogether in 1993 when Samancor made a decision to close down their Chemfos operations at Langebaanweg as it was no longer economically viable.

    Name Date Description Price Capacity Choose amount
    West Coast Cultural Private Tour - Adult - Full Day January 1, 2015 - October 31, 2017 8:30am Pick Up from your Hotel, West Coast Tour Highlights - Scenic Coastal Drive - Yzerfontein - Fossil Park - !Khwa ttu - Lunch - !Khwa ttu - San Cultural 1.5Hr Tour - Milnerton Lighthouse, views of Table Mountain! R 1160 13
    West Coast Cultural Private Tour - Child (6-12) - Full Day January 1, 2015 - October 31, 2017 8:30am Pick Up from your Hotel, West Coast Tour Highlights - Scenic Coastal Drive - Yzerfontein - Fossil Park - !Khwa ttu - Lunch - !Khwa ttu - San Cultural 1.5Hr Tour - Milnerton Lighthouse, views of Table Mountain! R 980 13

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