Cape St Blaize Caves in Mossel Bay, Western Cape
The Cape St Blaize Caves are situated in Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, South Africa.
The caves are a popular place for whale and dolphin watching and the approach to the cave is also the starting point of the St Blaize Hiking Trail. The most interesting fact about the caves however, is that they are an important archeological site.
Found in the cliffs just below the Cape St Blaize Lighthouse, visitors can explore the caves freely where once only scientists worked. They have revealed middens used by the San and Khoekhoek people from 200 000 years ago through to the pre-colonial age, before 1488.
The Caves has been the site of many archeological studies including that of George Leith’s studies in 1888 where he found important aspects of the study of the Middle Stone Age in the Mossel Bay area. His studies here were one of South Africa’s earliest scientific archeological excavations. After George Leith, other Archeologists like T. Rupert Jones and John Goodwin also led further excavations here, into the studies of Middle Stone Age in the area.
Pinnacle Point at the Caves is not open to the public, however a tour called “The Point of Human Origin Experience” is available to those more serious visitors. It is a two part tour, approximately 4 hours long, of a lecture and then a field visit to the Pinnacle Point Cave. Those interested must be fairly fit as the access route to the cave can be taxing.
Things to do and see
- Whale & Dolphin Watching
- San & Koi Middens
- Pinnacle Point Tours, by arrangement only
- Cape St Blaize Lighthouse
- Curios & memorabilia
No admission fee is charged to visit the Caves. For tours to Pinnacle Cave, 48 hour prior booking is essential. Please contact Mossel Bay, Point of Human Origin directly for tour prices.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C with high rainfall in March and October.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June and July.
Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport, 50 km from Mossel Bay. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports.
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