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Caught up in an ancient river bend following a flood, hundreds of drowned animals were covered by river silt and left to remain, perfectly preserved, for millions of years before a mining operation uncovered this fossil treasure. The place is the West Coast Fossil Park outside Langebaan in the Western Cape and the findings have proved to be substantial in understanding the terrain, climate and animal life during the Pliocene era, over 5 million years ago.
Mining of phosphates began in the area in 1943 and it was 50 years later that operations ceased through a lack of profitability. During this period, one can only imagine the amount of fossils that went unnoticed and were unwittingly destroyed. However, the river bend has produced an amazing quantity of diverse fossils, from short-necked giraffes to African bears. Much of the area, including the mined section, has been declared a national heritage site.
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Guests truly make their accommodation and integral part of their holiday when they opt to stay in a houseboat. There is a wide variety of options when it comes to Houseboating. For guests with seafaring experience, and a skippers licence, there is the opportunity to commandeer your own boathouse, and enjoy the flexibility and freedom it offers. These smaller boathouses can sleep up-to five people and offer basic amenities for self-catering. For guests wanting or willing to let someone else do the boating there are both economy and luxury houseboating options to choose from. Economy is ideal for larger groups, and guest who want a more hands-on approach to their holiday. Guests preferring smaller groups, or wanting to simply take in the experience, luxury is the way to go. Extra’s on a luxury houseboat include full ensuite cabins, all meals made by the boats chef, and full deluxe amenities.