Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

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Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre
4.5
Speciality Museums • Natural History Museums
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DayaFamily
Johannesburg, South Africa265 contributions
Fossils
Dec 2020
We visited the Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre in Nieu-Bethesda. The tour was extremely informative and we even got to see a few fossils in the riverbed. I would recommend the tour to anyone interested in history and nature.
Written 7 May 2021
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vanjays
Durban, South Africa161 contributions
Call back the past with a difference !
Jan 2021
What an amazing and enthusiastic guide - he captured the essence of the fossils and made it real and interesting.
Different and fun - you wander among goats and the river and at your feet are fossils in the Beaufort rock series - WOW!
I even found a few bones on my own!
Something different and well worth the walk! The video and in the museum pieces are extremely well done. Just a little oasis in a small out of the way place.
Well done Nieu Bethesda
Written 25 January 2021
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moodieancic
Polokwane, South Africa73 contributions
Interesting
Dec 2020 • Family
As the parent of a teen that dreams of being a paleontologist, I have seen and been to many fossil 'places'. Kitching has so much to offer and yet I felt that they were rushing us through the tour. The guide walked ahead of us and with the wind blowing, we couldn't hear what he was explaining.
Written 31 December 2020
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Trip37208618471
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
See the past come alive
Nov 2020
We arrived during the week, having made a special trip to Nieu Bethesda to visit this Centre. It was closed-- but a call to the listed number and a staff member soon arrived to assist us. This is a great experience for all ages, especially for those children who are of an age to experience the excitement of scientific exploration. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. You watch videos, tour the exhibit, learn how fossils are prepared, and go out to the ancient fossil beds to see them in situ. A visit will open your eyes to the wonders of South African heritage.
Written 26 November 2020
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Lupi
10 contributions
Interesting fossil Centre
Sep 2020
We had an interesting tour with Andries, who brought the process of fossil finding to life. It was great to be able to learn more about paleontology and the ancient creatures specific to this area.
Written 24 September 2020
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Kim F
Stellenbosch, South Africa130 contributions
Fossils coming alive in the riverbed
Sep 2020 • Family
This is not your ordinary fossil exhibit. Mr Tromp teaches you so much about the different fossils found in the area and who found them. Then he demonstrates how to excavate a fossil where after you walk down to the dry river bed to see the fossils “come to life” by finding them lodged in the rocks.
It fascinated my teenagers to see them “ for real” in the riverbed.
Written 20 September 2020
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Megan
3 contributions
A must do!
Feb 2020
What an amazing experience! As a giant paleo nerd myself, this really put me in my happy place. It’s incredible to able to see actual fossils in place on the ancient riverbed. Gerard was an incredible and knowledgable guide. This was such a great experience
Written 25 February 2020
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RitaBap
Bryanston, South Africa3 contributions
Rita
Jan 2020 • Couples
We had a lovely and informed guide and we learned so much about James Kitching and the fossils found in the area. I will never look at a rock the same way again. If you are a proud South African or a visitor to the area then this is a worthwhile spot to stop , explore and contemplate life on earth ....
Written 22 February 2020
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Christian L
6 contributions
Older than the Dinosaurs
Jan 2020 • Couples
This small museum was very informative and well set up. Very complex subject matter is made accessible and understandable by good displays and great reconstructions. Our guide, Gerrard, truly made this experience worth while. His enthusiasm and knowledge brought this ancient past to life. Enjoyed the walk down to the river bed where we could see the fossils in situ.
Written 11 January 2020
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dawncD2576FO
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa21 contributions
Super Interesting
Dec 2019
What a lovely experience, so much information and a real treat to be taken to the river bed to look at fossils, very well done! Super dedicated staff
Written 8 January 2020
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