Things to do

We offer a variety of intellectual, physical and gastronomic activities! You can take one of our fossil tours and enjoy a fascinating journey back into the past to some 5 million years ago, enjoy a tasty meal/tea at our coffee shop, or have a picnic in our lovely garden area while your children play in the play park.

For the more active visitor, there are invigorating mountain bike trails available (you may bring your own bike or hire one of ours), for hikers we have a lovely nature trail.

Tours | Coffee and gift shop | Children play park | Mountain bike trails | Walking trails

Guided Tours to the Dig Site with in situ 5 million year old fossils

Approximately 45 minutes

Hourly tours on weekdays:
10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00.

Weekend and public holidays hourly tour times are as follows:
10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00.

It is advisable to phone to confirm the tour times.

The Sivatherium Coffee Shop

Our coffee shop, The Sivatherium, provides a tasty, home-baked selection of eats. Browse our gift shop where you will find some interesting local crafts and books.

Children's play park and picnic area

The children's play park is situated in a garden area which is also an excellent venue for picnics. You may bring your own, or you may pre-arrange with our coffee shop to provide you with one.

Cycle 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. They go through a number of different rehabilitated areas in the Fossil Park and they are an excellent opportunity to experience firsthand our unique west coast flora and fauna.

Walking trails

The Restoration Trail is a scenic 3.5km walking trail. You meander along the old mine roads and pass water bodies where a variety of bird species may be seen. An interesting site to look at is the alien biological control research Rooikrans thicket. It is being used for monitoring by the University of Cape Town Plant Protection Unit to assess the success of introduced insects as a form of exotic plant control.