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Situated in the heart of the Karoo, in the picturesque town of Nieu-Bethedsa, and home of the famous Owl House, the Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre tells the story of life in South Africa 253 million years ago during the Permian Period. Visit the centre to hear the story for yourself.
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Hours: 7 days a week, 9 am to 5pm   |   +27 (0)84 500 3902

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Hours: 7 days a week, 9 am to 5pm
Group sizes: We accommodate Individuals, Families, and Groups of ALL Sizes!
Booking: Combined tickets (which include other activities around town) are available for purchase in Nieu-Bethesda, but the small town can get busy. So if you are an enthusiast and want to make sure that you get a special tour, book online here!
No charge for children under 4.
You can pay online by Credit card, Debit card or Instant EFT

What you will need to bring
Be prepared to walk in the hot-Karoo sun. Water, walking shoes, hats and sun-screen are essentials. Remember Nieu Bethesda has no petrol-station or ATM’s so bring your own cash. You will need to pay cash for tickets and souvenirs at the Centre as there are no credit card facilities. Tickets can also be purchased at the Owlhouse which does have credit card facilities, however, it is best to pay online. 


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Standard tour for Individuals and Families

Explore the fossil exhibition centre in your own time, interact with the guides as they demonstrate the patient and delicate process of fossil preparation. See real fossils as you take a 30-minute guided fossil search in the riverbed (finding of fossils guaranteed) Group size: Individuals, Families, and Groups of ALL Sizes! R45 per person (adults and children)

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Standard tour for Groups

Explore the fossil exhibition centre in your own time, interact with the guides as they demonstrate the patient and delicate process of fossil preparation. See real fossils as you take a 30-minute guided fossil search in the riverbed (finding of fossils guaranteed) For groups larger than 10 people. R40 per person

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Standard tour for Schools

Explore the fossil exhibition centre in your own time, interact with the guides as they demonstrate the patient and delicate process of fossil preparation. See real fossils as you take a 30-minute guided fossil search in the riverbed (finding of fossils guaranteed) . For school groups of all sizes! R30 per person

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