West Coast Fossil Park << go back


Fossils were first discovered at Langebaanweg in the late 1950's during the course of phosphate mining operations by Chemfos Mine. Since then it has been estimated that this deposit contains the greatest diversity of 5 million year old fossils in the world. These fossils have attracted the interest of leading scientists from abroad who, together with local researchers, have generated over seventy publications realting to their discoveries.

Some important finds include; Agriotherium africanum, the first bear ever found in Africa, south of the Sahara; Homiphoca capensis, an extinct true seal; and four extinct species of penguin. The Park is being proclaimed a National Heritage Site in an effort to protect the fossil deposits for posterity.

Regular guided tours are offered daily except on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday. The park also offers cycling and walking trails, a kiddie’s play park, gift shop, picnic area, and a coffee shop. Open: Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00.

Off the R45, south west of Hopefield.

For opening times on weekends and Public Holidays, more information and admission prices, tel 022 766 1606 or email wcfpark@iafrica.com

 

Millions of years ago on the West Coast