West Coast

Fossil Park

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

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.


  • There is no entrance fee charged for registered tour guides and accredited press representatives.
  • Children under 5 years of age are free.
  • Please phone for other fees.
Saturday, Sunday & public holidays:
Opening times vary according to season.
(You are advised to phone or email ahead of your visit).
Christmas Day, New Year's Day & Good Friday.
The Park is now operating from the new Visitors Centre which has been funded by the National Lottery and was officially opened by Professor Nevhutanda, Chairperson NLC, on 19th October 2018

Informative guided walking tours to the dig site are the main attraction. This site is well worth visiting as it is one of the few places where you can see fossils in the ground exactly as they were buried some 5 million years ago and exactly as they have been carefully uncovered by the research teams.

Refreshments are on offer in the new Restaurant.

The Gift Shop and Tuck Shop have been re-located to the new Reception area.

Travel back in time 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 about 5.2 million years ago. 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...

Things To Do

We offer a variety of intellectual, physical and gastronomic activities! Read more…