Origins Tours



(hosted by Dr Peter Nielson) 

Uncover the fascinating world of "modern man"  along the Garden Route on this full-day guided tour that takes you into the hidden palaeontology sites at Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay, followed by a visit to Timberlake Village for lunch at Zucchini restaurant.  These sites which date back 120 000 years have been classified as the original home of "modern man" (Institute of Human Origins – Arizona State University).  Under the guidance of respected archaeologist, Dr Peter Nielson, you will learn about modern man's earliest behaviours, including the systematic harvesting of food from the sea and the use of complex bladelet technology.  A truly unique paleontological experience! 

The Point of Human Origins tour is divided into two parts; 

Part One:  A thought-provoking introductory presentation by Dr Nielson, will take you on a pre-historical journey of human nature, ancient environments, sea levels, food sources, cave formation processes, stone-tool technology and how our earliest ancestors managed to survive near extinction through their connection with, and reliance on, nature.

Part Two: Takes you through an exploration of the Pinnacle Point caves with one of our professional guides 

Groups are limited to 6 pax / minimum 2 pax 

Tour Details

  • Departures: Wednesdays
  • Departing: 09h00
  • Duration: 8 to 9 hours
  • Cost: R950 per person including collection and returns to Knysna & Plettenberg Bay, Lunch at Timberlake, literature & professional guides
  • Collections: From your Hotel, Lodge or Home

Origins Tours Venture beyond 2




Enjoy a half day guided exploration of the Robberg Peninsula close to Plettenberg Bay and the palaeontology of Nelson's Cave, before returning for a delicious picnic lunch around noon.  The Robberg Peninsula often referred to as the "Cape Point of the Garden Route" is an ancient formation located in a Marine Protected Area and Provincial Heritage Site.  This iconic rock formation dates back between 110 and 130 million years when South Africa formed part of a super continent.  Humans first inhabited Robberg some 120 000 years ago, with Nelson's Cave providing some of the best fossil records found in the entire Southern Cape 

Groups are limited to 8 pax 

Tour Details

  • Departures: Departures daily on request
  • Departing: 09h30
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Cost: R450 per person including collection and return, conservation fees, professional guide fee & picnic lunch
  • Collections: From your Hotel, Lodge, Home


Origins Tours Venture beyond 1


All Knysna Collections are charged at an additional cost of R150.00 per person

Pick up from Knysna is 30 minutes prior to departure time

Origins Tours Venture beyond 3