When the West Coast was wild

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.
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Exciting new Education Programme

The Fossil Park is busy with the development of a new Education Programme. Besides adding exciting and engaging new activities and lessons for visiting schools, we are creating a curriculum-based education section to engage in interactivities that will bring the study of Fossils alive! Teachers and learners will find materials designed to support the RNCS. These will include activities, animations and worksheets which are designed to assist with the exploration and understanding of an exciting and compelling past. 

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Institute of Human Origins: Notes from the Field
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Post-graduate research opportunities

Postgraduate bursaries (Honours, Masters and Post-doctoral) are available for suitably qualified students interested in carrying out research focusing on the world-renowned vertebrate fossil occurrences at Langebaanweg, now the site of the West Coast Fossil Park. Read more... 

Langebaanweg 2010 conference

Building on the success of the Langebaanweg 2006 mini-symposium and workshop, a second meeting, which will take the form of a conference, is planned from 15-17 November 2010. The conference aims to bring about the sharing of research and information on Late Cenozoic biotas and landscapes in the west coast region, and to provide a synthesis of knowledge from many different areas of research. Read more…

West Coast Fossil Park

Vredenburg, West Coast
32°57'19.4"S | 18°6'49.9"E
Postal address
PO Box 42
Tel: +27 (0)22 766 1606
Fax: +27 (0)22 766 1765

Travel back in time to 5 million years ago...

The fossil site of Langebaanweg is located in the West Coast Fossil Park, approximately 150 km north of Cape Town and is world-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal remains that date to circa 5.2 million years ago. Read more...

Family outings at the Fossil Park

The Fossil Park offers a variety of entertainments and activities for the family including bird watching, mountain biking, horse riding and a variety of lovely nature trails. Our coffee shop, The Sivatherium, provides a tasty, home-baked selection of eats. Read more...

Digging up the Past

Palaeontologists will be extending excavations at the Fossil Park in June/July this year. We invite you to come and enjoy the unique experience of witnessing a dig in action. Read more...

Fossil Fatalities

We know that nature is red in tooth and claw, but how exactly did the different fossil carnivores found at the Fossil Park hunt and kill their prey? Read more...

Mountain Bike Trails

Enjoy the fresh west coast air and take a cycle through the Fossil Park. We have a selection of four trails, ranging from 3.5km to 10km, which are of varying degrees of difficulty. Read more...