Mossel Bay has drawn special attention almost since the science of Archaeology was introduced to South Africa. It’s the Middle Stone Age that’s of particular importance here.
The Cape St. Blaize Cave – directly below the St Blaize Lighthouse - was first excavated by George Leith 1888, then by T. Rupert Jones in 1899, and by John Goodwin (who described the Middle Stone Age Mossel Bay Industry from his findings) in the 1920s. And now the Pinnacle
Point Caves – about 12 km west of Cape St. Blaize – have revealed the earliest evidence of modern human behaviour (as the focus of the SACP4 Project – South African Coastal Palaeontology, Palaeoenvironment, Palaeoclimate, Palaeoanthropology – they’re part of the biggest scientific project of its kind in the world). This fascinating tour provides an in-depth look at what’s been found – and why it’s all significant to our lives today.
- Road transfer to The Point to visit Cape St. Blaize Cave, and, if you like, to walk a short part of the Cape St. Blaize Trail – a contour path along the cliffs above the Indian Ocean that offers great whale and dolphin watching (especially in whale season – about May to September).
- Road transfer to the club house at Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Estate.
- Meet Dr. Peter Nilssen – one of the men who discovered the archaeology of Pinnacle Point – and hear his presentation on Our Origins’ (coffee, tea or water are served during the presentation)
- Walk to one of the Caves with Dr. Nilssen
- Return transfer to your starting point.
- Lunch (at the clubhouse) is available on request and at additional cost.
- This tour requires a moderate level of fitness. The walk to the Cave includes about 200 stairs. Unfortunately the Cave is not accessible to wheelchairs.
- Minimum 6, maximum 12 guests.