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Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

Hudson Street, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa
+27 49 849 1733
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Small but very well done

Provides a short video on the fossils of the Karoo and one on paleontology as a career. Consists of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anna B
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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
Great introduction to fossils

This experience was a complete surprise. The information is digestible even if you know nothing (or... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ThompsonsTwo
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Potchefstroom, South Africa
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“river bed” (3 reviews)
“tour guide” (3 reviews)
“worth a visit” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Hudson Street, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa
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+27 49 849 1733
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Provides a short video on the fossils of the Karoo and one on paleontology as a career. Consists of two rooms with interesting and well presented exhibits dealing with the world-famous fossil finder James Kitching and the fossils of the Karoo Beaufort geological series in...More

Thank Anna B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This experience was a complete surprise. The information is digestible even if you know nothing (or little) about fossils. The guide is knowledgeable and very passionate about these Karoo fossils which are infectious and soon had us very excited about it too. The visit to...More

1  Thank ThompsonsTwo
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

On arrival we were welcomed by Gerrit Baard. What a learning curve this was for us. Gerrit is an excellent guide with so much information this made the trip even more special.

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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable and can’t help enough We really enjoyed the visit and the exhibits and the visit to the fossil rocks in the riverbed Don’t miss this it’s really as good as the Owl House as an attraction and worth...More

1  Thank Eric J
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Reviewed March 1, 2018

This is a great find for folks interested in fossils. The exhibit is small but well done. The person who helped us was very knowledgeable, very nice and took a lot of time to show us around including actual fossils in the riverbed. Recommended if...More

Thank Diana S
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Reviewed January 10, 2018

What a great experience. Apart from the amazing scenic (remember it is the Karoo, semi-desert), one is welcomed in a vibrant rural small town. The Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, so refreshing! It is not a museum. For a change on is pulled into the fossil...More

1  Thank Trevor K
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Reviewed January 7, 2018

Learnt so much, thanks to our fabulous tour guide - Andries! The Karoo is full of wonder and mystery. A definite must if you make your way to Nieu-Bethesda.

1  Thank Michele R
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Reviewed January 6, 2018

Visiting the Fossil Center and getting a guided tour of the riverbed was very interesting. We had no idea of the significance of the area with regards to fossils. Will recommend it.

Thank Elsa W
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Reviewed December 24, 2017

This place is around the corner from the Owl House. A very well put together tour which will have adults and kids interested in geology and paeleontology. Take an umbrella if it's a sunny day.

Thank robmich
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Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

We are far from being experts in fossils and since Jurassic Park we never heard again about it. The Kitching centre is worth the visit because it is a small place (2 rooms) explaining very well how South Africa has been shaped several millions of...More

1  Thank Claude S
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Ozymandias2009
March 31, 2018|
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Response from Eric J | Reviewed this property |
We just showed up. I think you could do the same. Alternatively you could ask someone from Owl house? They are within 50m of each other and promote each other.
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