Fish Hoek Man
There are some very old residents in Cape Town’s coastal village, Fish Hoek, which lies in a valley on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. There’s one particular resident who’s been around for the past 12 000 years!
Amateur archaeologist Victor Peers discovered fossilised male remains on an ancient burial site in 1927. Peers and his son, Bertie, who were residents of Fish Hoek, excavated a cave, now known as Peers’ Cave (at the time known as “Skildergat”, over several years. In the cave, they discovered Khoisan rock art, stone tools, and the buried remains of nine people, one of whom is fondly known today as “Fish Hoek Man”. A visit to the Fish Hoek Valley Museum will give you more information on this interesting fossil. Contact the museum on +27 (0)21 782 1752.
Scuttle up the dunes above 19th Avenue to reach Peers’ Cave, where panoramic views across the valley make it worth the effort. It’s safest to hike in a group, or ask the museum for a guided walk, during which you’ll learn more about the Stone Age cave-dwellers of Fish Hoek.
Contact Cape Town Tourism’s office in Muizenberg on +27(0)21 787 9140, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for excellent local information, as well as recommendations on guides, accommodation, restaurants and activities.
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PRINS & PRINS DIAMONDS MUSEUM OF GEMS AND JEWELLERY
This unique museum project takes visitors on a journey from when diamonds first began to form three billion years ago and their 150 km journey to the surface, following the unique path of South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along our coastline. Learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see how jewellery has changed through thousands of years. The story about South Africa’s mineral wealth is told, not only for diamonds, but also for our Platinum and Gold deposits.
This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.
Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.
Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.
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