FRIENDS FOSSIL TRIP TO LEMOENFONTEIN GUEST LODGE, BEAUFORT WEST

Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 June 2019

Once again we are privileged to have Professor Roger Smith and Dr Claire Browning lead us on a fossil dig in the Beaufort West area where we will again be staying at Lemoenfontein, a superior four-star guest lodge and game farm, see https://www.lemoenfontein.co.za for more particulars.

If you have any interest in paleontology or geology, or like ‘nature’ at its best, it is an opportunity to enjoy a unique experience under the guidance of one of South Africa’s top A-Rated scientists. We can’t guarantee that you will find fossils but we can assure you that an expert will show you how to go about locating them. We can guarantee lots of clean, fresh air, congenial company and an opportunity to escape the pressures of daily life in the city. We will visit isolated farms far from ‘civilisation’, with few signs of life other than birds, sheep and the occasional bokkie. An extra bonus is enjoying the Karoo off the beaten track, but having a four star base to return to, with all mod-cons including excellent food and service. The drive from Cape Town takes about five hours and is tarred all the way.

Although finding fossils is difficult, once one gets the hang of it, it becomes much easier. Even amateurs have a chance of making a major discovery. However, if you don’t find anything, just wandering around isolated koppies discovering all manner of plants and insects with the only sound being from insects, birds or the occasional sheep, is reward enough.

The trip begins on Wednesday 12 June. On the first evening Roger will give a brief talk on what to expect. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are spent in the field on different farms. Each day starts with a hearty breakfast after which we head out for the day. Lunch is enjoyed in the field.

 

To secure your booking, please respond by email samfriends@iziko.org.za

Members sharing                                            R5 600
Non-members sharing                                    R6 200

Members single                                              R6 500
Non members single                                       R7 200