West Coast Drive
Yzerfontein - Drive By
Fossil Park - 1hr
!Khwa ttu - Lunch
San Cultral Tour 1.5hrs
Views of Table Mountain
Duration +/- 8hrs
Driving by Yzerfontein you will no doubt be able to see why this little fishing village is so well known for its breathtaking views, tranquility and of course the “16-Mile-Beach”. The 16-Mile-Beach features both sandy and rocky white beaches and stretches for approximately 26kms all the way to the mass of land that creates the barrier between the sea and the Langebaan Lagoon.
Once past Yzerfontein, we arrive at the West Coast Fossil Park in Langebaan. This fossil farm is held in high esteem due to the fact that the fossils of a variety of faunal remain in extremely well preserved condition. You will be able to see the fossils of exotic animals that inhabited the West Coast approximately 5 million years ago such as sabre-tooth cats, African bears, hunting hyena’s, short-necked giraffes and many others, which are all extinct now.
Phosphate mining started in 1943 in the Langebaanweg area for fertilizer until scientists became aware of the fossils that we being unearthed in the process. Phosphate mining was then closed down in 1993 and the unearthing of the fossils took precedent.
Our next stop on the tour is !Khwa ttu. The aim of !Khwa ttu is to bring to light the world of one of Africa’s oldest people – The San people. The main emphasis is “a journey into history facilitated by the San people themselves”. In this way people can celebrate the San culture and help create opportunities for the San community. You can also make use of the facilities, one being the old farmhouse which has been turned into a designer restaurant. This is optional and booking is necessary. One of the experienced San guides will take you on a fascinating journey which will give you an insight into the heritage, culture and activities of the modernized San people. This is truly and remarkable experience.
We then head off back towards Cape Town making one stop along the way. The Milnerton Lighthouse is our last stop on this tour. This lighthouse was installed in 1960 after more than 150 ships had been wrecked along the coastline over a couple of hundred years. This particular coastline has yielded more shipwrecks than any other piece of the South African coast which is why the lighthouse was built. This lighthouse also has the perfect viewing platform of Table Mountain.
Your West Coast Cultural is then complete!