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West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

In 1958 an employee at the Chemfos Mine, Mr. I S Brown, showed researchers what appeared to be fossils that had been unearthed while excavating material from the company's phosphate mine in Langabaanweg. Subsequent investigation revealed that they were indeed fossils dating back nearly 5 million years ago. One of the fossils was identified as being a tooth of a prehistoric elephant, while the other specimen turned out to be an anklebone of a long-extinct short-necked giraffe.

For the next 40 years palaeontologists worked in close cooperation with the mine, and continued to unravel evidence of the fascinating world that once existed in this now rather dry windswept region. The mine was eventually de-commissioned in 1993 and administration was handed over to the South African Museum and SAMANCOR, whereby the West Coast Fossil Park came into existence.

Over the years the Fossil Park has proven to be one of the world's richest fossil sites in the world and has recently been declared a World Heritage Site.

The following are some of the more interesting fossils discovered so far:
- a sabre-toothed cat
- a three-toed horse dating back 12 million years
- the gomphothere elephant extinct for over 2 million years
- Agriotherium africanum - a large bear-like creature

LOCATION:
- 10 km off the R27 on the R45 towards Hopefield
- (about 20 km northeast of Langabaan)

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El Sueno de Helena

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Langebaan

Cape West Coast

0 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

El Sueno de Helena self catering house situated in Paradise Beach, Langebaan offers 3 bedrooms with 2.5 bathrooms. Very safe double security gated village with entire private beach only for residents.

Masada Guest House
Sleeps 16 in 6 units
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Masada Guest House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

0km from Langebaan

11.4 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Situated on an enormous equestrian estate overlooking the north side of Saldanha Bay, privately owned Masada Guest House offers the greatest accommodation in Langebaan in a laid back country style atmosphere...

14 Mykonos Street
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14 Mykonos Street

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Langebaan

0km from Langebaan

12.3 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

14 Mykonos Street is a self-catering holiday unit (sleeps up to 10) located in a small lagoon town on the Cape West Coast. Situated an easy hour’s drive from Cape Town, Langebaan provides an ideal base from which to explore the West Coast and the bounty o

Paradise Beach Apartments Langebaan
Guest Rating: 10
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Paradise Beach Apartments Langebaan

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

0km from Langebaan

12.6 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Paradise Beach Apartments are self catering accommodation apartments in Langebaan on the Cape West Coast. There are 4 units to choose from. Wake up to the peaceful sounds of waves breaking and song of wild birds at Perle of Paradise Self Catering Apartmen

Mykonos Sunset Beach House
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Mykonos Sunset Beach House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

0km from Langebaan

12.9 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Located in the lovely Club Mykonos Resort on the West Coast, this freestanding house is perched on the hillside. The picturesque views from the balconies are stunning. Breathtaking and tranquil surroundings overlook the Harbour where yachts are...

Steenbokkie Holiday Accommodation
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Steenbokkie Holiday Accommodation

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Langebaan

0km from Langebaan

13.8 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

A spacious 4 bedroom house that offers luxury accommodation for up to 8 guests. Situated in the Langebaan Country Estate. With the entertainment area upstairs and bedrooms downstairs, it allows those who prefer early nights to rest in peace whilst others

114 On Main Beach House
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114 On Main Beach House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

0km from Langebaan

15.7 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

The popular town of Langebaan is just over 100 km or 75 minutes drive north from Cape Town on the West Coast off the R27 next to Langebaan Lagoon. The white Caribbean like beaches surrounding the crystal clear waters of the Langebaan Lagoon are on...

Port Owen Marina
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Port Owen Marina

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Velddrif

0km from Velddrif

19 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Port Owen Marina provides self catering apartment accommodation In Velddrif, Cape West Coast. Situated in popular town of Velddrif, just 150km from Cape Town Airport, and minutes from the fishing village of Laaiplek, the 41 self-catering apartments and ch

Whimseagull
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Whimseagull

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Jacobs Bay

0km from Jacobs Bay

25.9 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Whimseagull offers self catering accommodation in Jacobs Bay, Cape West Coast. Come replenish your soul in a fully equipped holiday home in idyllic Jacobsbaai - as it is known locally. In a world where proper planning is valued, this is one occasion when

The Lazy Daisies
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 6 in 3 units
From R 795
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The Lazy Daisies

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in St. Helena Bay

0km from St. Helena Bay

26.3 Km from West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

From it's lofty position on top of the hill on the peninsula, The Lazy Daisies affords you the unique opportunity to enjoy both the sunrise and the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.

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