Point of Human Origins

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Point of Human Origins
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Mossel Bay Ward 11, Mossel Bay Local Municipality, Garden Route District Municipality, Western Cape, 6510, South Africa

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Journey back in time to the Point of Human Origins, an incredible reminder of the people that came before us, located in the town of Mossel Bay in the Garden Route.

Founded by Jonathan Kaplan and Dr. Nilssen, it started when they discovered a Middle Stone Age hidden in the Pinnacle Point Caves during a survey they conducted as part of the environmental impact assessment for the development of the Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Estate.

You can now discover these archeological sites for yourself that have been made accessible to smaller groups of no more than 12 under the direction and guidance of professional archeologist Dr. Peter Nilssen. Tour will meet at Pinnacle Point Club House where this exciting and explorative half day excursions will depart from, this tour will change the way you see your origins.

Experience with Dr Nillsen

This tour provides visitors with the rare opportunity to visit the site with the archaeologist who first made the discovery in 1997. All tours are by appointment only and is dependant on the availability of Dr Nilssen.

The tour consists of two parts: a presentation by Dr Nilssen detailing the behaviour of our earliest ancestors and a visit to the caves. The return trip can be quite taxing and it’s suggested visitors be of moderate fitness.

Cave Visits

Guided by specially trained and knowledgeable guides, these visits last around 1.5-hours and while there is no restriction in terms of group size, booking is essential.

Point to Point

This tour must be booked in advance.

This one-of-a-kind day trip begins with a visit to the cave sites at Pinnacle Point and is followed by a five-hour hike. The hike includes a picnic stop along the famous St. Blaize Trail with beautiful coastal views and finishes at another important Stone Age archaeological cave site at the iconic Point of Mossel Bay.

Website: https://www.humanorigin.co.za/