The Garden Route, apart from being beautiful, has a fascinating coastal geology and land-forming process that the untrained eye may not spot.
Join experts Paul Rixom, Peter Ginn and Colin Ralston on a self-drive geological day trip from Mossel Bay to Hoekwil on 25 April.
The evidence of the changing position of the South African coastline and the power of erosion over millions of years will be explained. Certain sediments were formed during the early break-up of Gondwana and the evolution of the first South African coastline. The development of the modern coastal dunes and their fossil predecessors will give a greater appreciation of the natural beauty of the area.
The paleontological treasure of the area as well as mineral (gold and offshore gas) will be discussed.
The entire drive is a wonderful illustration of a range of sedimentary and coastal erosion processes with some igneous granite intrusions adding spice to the mix.
The tour is well-organised with route directions giving the stops (Great Brak River, Herold’s Bay, Victoria Bay etc.) where each small group (max 20 persons) will stop and perhaps walk a short distance. Bring refreshments, a picnic lunch and camping chairs.
The tour starts in Mossel Bay at 08:30 and ends in the afternoon at the viewpoint on the road up to Hoekwil. The tour is organised by Wessa Eden to raise funds for their Education Fund.
Booking is essential and cost per adult is R80 and donations are most welcome.
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