Post Conference Trip

Overview

There will be an optional 2-day post-conference trip after LED2017 to places of significant archaeological and geological interest along the garden route of the western cape of South Africa.  

The main draw of the trip will be a visit to Pinnacle Point Caves in Mossel Bay, sites that have some evidence of earliest human habitation and behaviour.  The caves have been dated back to 160 000 years.  Pinnacle Point is a natural heritage site, tours are by appointment only and we are fortunate to have secured a group visit.   For further details see http://www.humanorigin.co.za/ or http://www.pinnaclepointestate.co.za/about-pinnacle/about-archeology/

En-route to Mossel Bay, we will stop off at Cape Algulhas, the southern-most tip of the African continent.  This is also where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet.  It will be interesting to see how many will be able to tell the oceans apart.  We will seal the post-conference trip with an African favourite, a game drive.  We have planned a visit to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve on the garden route.  Botlierskop is set in the picturesque valleys of Outeniqua Mountains close to Mossel Bay and is just the place for a memorable safari.  The game reserve has over 26 species including the big five and many varieties of birds. 

Costs and bookings

All interested delegates should book for the post conference trip as part of the Registration at www.LED2017.com.  The cost of the Post Conference Tour will only cover the transport.  Participants will pay for their own meals and accommodation throughout the trip.

 Please budget a minimum amount for each component as follows:

Registration for post conference trip  R1000 (registration at www.LED2017.com)
Pinnacle Point Caves Fee R450  (to be paid on site in Cape Town)
Game Drive and Lunch  R500 (to be paid on site in Cape Town)
Accommodation   R1200 (see below)

Except for the registration fee, the other rates, not set by us, are subject to change.

Accommodation

1. Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay 

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Tel:  +27 (0) 44 691 3738
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Web: 

http://www.marriott.com/hotel-search/mossel-bay.hotels.south-africa.travel/

2. Oceans Hotel

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Louis Fourie Road, Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay, South Africa

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Tel:  +27 (0) 44 691 1325
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Web: 

www.oceanshotel.co.za

3. Pinnacle Point Estate

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Tel:  +27 (0) 44 606 5320
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Web: 

http://www.pinnaclepointestate.co.za/stay/introduction/

The recommended hotel is Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay.

Practicalities

 Pinnacle Point is a headland on the coast in Mossel Bay.  The cave we will visit is way down the promontory itself.  It is advisable to wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.  A camera and hat come in handy.  The only way to get to Pinnacle Point Cave PP13B is down a series of steep wooden stairways and boardwalks.  Although tenacity will get you down, climbing back up the 175 steps or so is helped by being mildly fit. 

Numbers

 We have been asked to limit the number of guests on the tour to 50.  Please book early if you are interested.

Schedule

Friday, 15 September 2017 Depart Cape Town 1:00 pm
  Arrive in Mossel Bay  8:00 pm
Sunday, 17 September 2017 Deport Mossel Bay    7:00 am
  Arrive in Cape Town  2:00 pm

The pick-up and drop-off point in Cape Town will the Conference venue, Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel.  This schedule may be slightly changed if necessary but any changes will be communicated in good time.

Guide

Our guide on the tour will be Dr Peter Nilssen, an archaeologist with more than 20 years’ experience in archaeological field work and research.  Peter is a member of the Association of South African Professional Archaeologists and has been the principal archaeologist on over 60 CRM projects including ones on heritage resources ranging from historic to pre-historic (Stone Age) sites.

Peter initiated the current research at Pinnacle Point with the palaeoanthropologist Curtis Marean after discovering the cave sites in 1997 with Jonathan Kaplan while conducting an archaeological impact assessment for a proposed development there.