Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre
  • Nieu Bethesda

Last Updated: March 2016

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  • New Street, Nieu-Bethesda 6286

  • Longitude: 24.5533888
  • Latitude: -31.8676833
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About Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

KITCHING FOSSIL EXPLORATION CENTRE, NIEU BETHESDA

The Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre is situated next to the world famous Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda. The Centre tells the story of life in South Africa 253 million years ago.

The Centre depicts the setting in the area around Nieu Bethesda 253 million years ago during the Permian Period. The centre showcases the fossils found both in Nieu Bethesda and in other places in South Africa. The fossils date to a time 50 million years before the age of dinosaurs when the continents were merged in a supercontinent called Pangea.

A visit to the Fossil Exploration Centre will be a journey back in time to a world with unfamiliar plants and animals. There are life-size models of prehistoric animals that roamed the area and illustrations of the landscape without grasses, flowers, mammals and birds. This was the time when mammal ancestors called Therapsids were the dominant species on earth.

Map and Directions to Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

From Graaff-Reinet

  • From the N9 turn left where signed "Nieu Bethesda"
  • On entering the village take the first road left and follow this round the right hand bend
  • The Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre is on the right, almost at the end of the block, just before the Owl House.

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