West Coast Fossil Park

A short 1.5 hours drive north of Cape Town will lead you to the fossil site of Langebaanweg which is located in the West Coast Fossil Park (WCFP). It is a National Heritage Site and forms part of the Cradle of Human Culture Artist’s Route.

The fossil park is a haven for national and international scientists, enthusiasts, and curious visitors alike. Spanning over 100 acres of land, this park offers a glimpse into a distant past, dating back over 5 million years. What sets this fossil park apart is its unique geological composition, which preserves a snapshot of ancient ecosystems from the late Miocene epoch, approximately 5.2 to 2.6 million years ago. During this period, the West Coast region was vastly different from its present-day landscape, characterised by lush forests, expansive wetlands, and a diverse array of flora and fauna.

Among the most notable finds are the well-preserved skeletons of extinct creatures such as sabre-toothed cats, short-necked giraffes, and ancient elephants, providing invaluable insights into their biology, behaviour, and evolutionary history.

The West Coast Fossil Park is not only a repository of ancient relics but also a center for research and education. Guided tours led by knowledgeable experts offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the processes of fossilization, the significance of paleontological discoveries, and the ongoing efforts to unravel the mysteries of the past. Make sure to visit the Fossil Park during times where you can book and attend a guided tour to make the most of your stay. The Fossil Park welcomes visitors all year around and guided tours take place weekdays and during the weekend at dedicated times.

Admission Fees (in 2024)

MuseumTour CyclingWalking Trails
Children (<15 years)R30R50R20R20
There is no admission fee for registered tour guides and children under the age of 3 also enter for FREE.

In case you are interested in booking a cycling or walking ticket, you can choose from four moderate mountain bike trails: 10km, 8km, 5km, 3km. The trails take you into the old mining areas that have been rehabilitated.

Restaurant & Gift Shop

They also have a lovely restaurant on site that serves hearty meals for those hungry explorers. They also feature a kiddies menu and serve delicious milk shakes for young and old. Attached to the restaurant is also a small jungle gym with monkey bars to stay busy while you wait for the food or the start of your tour.

If you’re keen, you can also take home a little souvenir from your visit to the Fossil Park. Many items that are on sale have been produced within the local region and each purchase directly supports projects happening in the Fossil Park.

Our Experience

We visited the museum after a weekend trip to the West Coast on a Sunday and really enjoyed the exhibition of the museum. Unfortunately, we were too late to book a tour, so we will have to come back to actually visit the fossil site as the kids were super interested to see “real” fossils. But the displays were quite exciting, too, and they loved exploring the space inside. We also had a late lunch at the restaurant which was absolutely delicious and filling and they serve the most amazing milkshakes for children and adults alike! It’s really worth a visit of you are interested in long-dead animals.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  • Opening Times: Closed on Monday, Tue – Sun 09:00 – 15:00
  • Weekday Tour Times: 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
  • Weekend Tour Times: 10am, 11am and 12pm
  • Age Group: 0 – 99
  • Baby Changing Facilities: Yes
  • Kids Menu: Yes
  • Fun Factor: 4/5
  • Free WIFI: No


Phone: +27 (0) 22 766 1606 / edu@fossilpark.org.za

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