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bushmaniac
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Stunning location and interesting geology

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 May 2015
We were shown around by the farm owner Hils. Polite, friendly and knowledgeable. Full of information about the German graves and the fossils. It is interesting to consider just how many fossils there may be on the site, which is largely unexcavated.

After the tour by Hils, we were taken to an area on the farm which has many interesting dolomite formations and quiver trees. Happily spent an hour or two photographing these.
Date of stay: May 2015
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 November 2014

The place is simple but beautiful, new and well equiped, there are only 4 or 5 chalets every one with private shower and wc, tasteful decoration inside, With enought space in room. Every chalet with tea-coffee facilities and private braai, Great solar shower, One activity are the fossil tour, great tour with unique guide!! very interesting, informative and the guide loves the place and fossils. Beautiful quiver tree forest, great photo opp in sunset time. Dinner was again simple but all with great taste, salads and bbq meat and sausages. Breakfast with not lots but crearly enought choices. Familiar bussiness. Great choice on route between Kalagadi transfrontier park and Fish river canyon N.P.

Date of stay: August 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2014

We stayed in the camp site for 2 nights. Fabulous location - well worth the long drive - the Quiver trees are very dramatic. You go past other quiver camps on the way there, but they don't offer the extremely interesting tour by the owner Giel - do take the tour - its good.

Date of stay: August 2014
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We stayed in one of the cabins for two nights in May 2014. The accommodation is rustic and clean. We arrived mid afternoon giving us time to do a walk up to a ridge on the farm. There are lots of quiver trees and beautiful views. It is a very relaxing place.
Although self catering is available we opted for the good home cooked evening meals delivered by Hendrik to our cabin. Delicious! We were interested in the fossils in the area and took a guided drive with Giel. He has lots of enthusiasm and is very passionate about the fossils.s We also spent a morning driving around the farm on a 4x4 track, lots of quiver trees.
This is a really interesting place to stay.

Date of stay: May 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

Rather basic accomodation but all you need is avalable and the vieuw is amazing. Go to the viewpoint on the top for the best sundowner. And ask the manager to show yoy around the fossil camp and the tree forest. He is so pasionate and a very good guide.
The braai was good.

Date of stay: June 2014
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank aprilvis69
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Our stay at the Mesosaurus Fossil Park Campsite, situated on the farm Spitzkoppe-Ost, was truly one of the most memorable of our trip. We were camped under a tree which housed a huge communal sociable weaver bird nest we dubbed “Nkandla”. Clearly these little birds were experts at this camping lark because from the moment we arrived they were shouting the odds and were quite forward when food appeared.

Oom Giel Steenkamp and his dog Spookie took us on a tour of the farm to see the fossil remains of the prehistoric mesosaurus tenuidens lizards that once lived there. The schutztruppen grave site, quiver trees and dolerite boulders are also worth seeing. The tour, which lasted about two hours, is a must do if you are in the area.

It is a great place to be at one with your surroundings and recharge your batteries. I would love to visit again and spend more time poking around.

Date of stay: April 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nolene S, Owner at Mesosaurus Fossil Camp, responded to this reviewResponded 8 August 2014

Thank you for your review. Always good to know how our guests experienced there stay with us. Hope to see you in the future again.

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