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History uncovered

Great place to stop for an hour. We had a fantastic guide to show us how they are chipping away at... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
George, South Africa
Interesting and must see

What a nice experience .our guide was very passionate about her work and guided us through... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
Jakobus U
Cape Town,South Afri
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“river bed”(3 reviews)
“worth a visit”(4 reviews)
“small museum”(3 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Hudson Street, Nieu-Bethesda, South Africa
+27 49 849 1733
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

Great place to stop for an hour. We had a fantastic guide to show us how they are chipping away at the stone to reveal the fossils. He then took us to the river bed to show us fossils still embedded in the rock. Very...More

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

What a nice experience .our guide was very passionate about her work and guided us through evrything,from video to the walk through the riverbed.Really worth a visit

Thank Jakobus U
Reviewed 22 April 2018

On Easter Monday I took my mom and my sisters two children, aged 5 and 8 years old. They loved it, especially the boy who has been interested in dinosaurs since age three. The Kitchings Fossil centre is supported by Wits University in Johannesburg, although...More

Thank Ozymandias2009
Reviewed 5 April 2018

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
Reviewed 27 March 2018

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
Reviewed 9 March 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.

Thank heineraudrey
Reviewed 4 March 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
Reviewed 1 March 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
Reviewed 10 January 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
Reviewed 7 January 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.

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Response from Trevor K | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we did not make any reservations. At their reception one can find out more and book a tour, they were not that busy...we however only visited the exhibition in town.