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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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Sleeps: 22 in 8 units/rooms

Tortoise Trail Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

10.2km South of center of West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Every holiday starts with the perfect place to stay...Tortoise Trail lodge is in Langebaan and there is 8 rooms and two lounge/sitting areas. Also lots of wild life.

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Masada Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

11.4km South of center of 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...

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Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms

El Sueno de Helena

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Langebaan

12.7km South West of center of 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.

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Sleeps: 18 in 2 units/rooms

Mykonos Sunset Beach House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

12.9km South West of center of 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...

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Sleeps: 4

Kaliva 582 at Club Mykonos Resort

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

12.9km South West of center of West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Located on the Cape West Coast, in the lovely Club Mykonos Resort in Langebaan, Kaliva 582 offers self catering accommodation for those who enjoy tranquility and beauty without sacrificing any creature comforts. Kaliva 582 is a four-sleeper self catering

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Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms

Walking On Water Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

15.5km South of center of West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Walking On Water Guest House offers comprehensive, affordable, informative, exhilarating and unforgettable bed and breakfast accommodation in Langebaan, Cape West Coast. Our bed and breakfast accommodation comprises of 3 fully equipped luxurious double ro

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Sleeps: 28 in 8 units/rooms

114 On Main Beach House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

15.7km South of center of 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...

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Sleeps: 4

Sunbird View

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Langebaan

15.7km South of center of West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Sunbird View offers accommodation in the popular holiday town of Langebaan. There are 4 fully equipped self catering units situated on 3 levels with spectacular lagoon views. Situated 1.5 km from the lagoon and 2km from the midtown and beach. Langebaan is

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Sleeps: 8
From R 2 400,00
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Greystones Beach House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Langebaan

16.3km South of center of West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

On the beach front, close to restaurants and shops, Greystones Beach House provides luxury self-catering accommodation for eight people. Ideally situated for watersports, bird life and wild flowers of Langebaan Lagoon.

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Glenfinnan Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Langebaan

16.5km South of center of West Coast Fossil Park - Western Cape

Glenfinnan Guest House provides bed and breakfast accommodation in Langebaan, Cape West Coast. Picturesque Langebaan... breath-taking... stunning panoramic sea, Bay and lagoon views of emerald green waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Glenfinnan offe

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