A visit to the Sudwala Caves is not complete without a visit to Sudwala Dinosaur Park.
Words and Images by Sue Adams
What not to miss at the Sudwala Dinosaur Park
- Make sure you get the info brochure about the dinosaurs.
- Don’t miss the old photos of the caves and the history of the Dinosaur Park when you pay for your ticket.
- Did you know?
- The word ‘dinosaur’ means terrible lizard.
- Jan van Zyl who designed and built the dinosaur sculptures also designed the springbok emblem on the R1 coin and the wildebeest on the 2c coin.
- Book a tour with owner Philip Owen. He helped build the place with his father, Theo, and has the best stories. He studied drama and is really good at making these ancient creatures come alive.
- Fun photos to take
- Sit under the chin of the Stegosaurus to get a sense of its size.
- Stand under the tummy of the Tyrannosaurus Rex or take a photo of it as its about to attack you.
- Don’t assume that the rocks in the gardens are just rocks. Some of them are actually fossils. Look for the fossil pine tree that is 225 million years old and the fossil skeleton of a Lystrosaurus.
- There is a wonderful view on the viewing deck down to the Rainforest Valley – go over the bridge at the Diplodocus.
- It’s easy to miss the fight going on between the Allosaurus and the Brontosaurus because you are so busy looking at the Diplodocus standing in the water.
- Go and have a look at the live crocodiles. They are almost like live dinosaurs as they have been on earth for 50 million years.
- The gardens in the park are beautiful with ancient cycads.
- The Sudwala Dinosaur Park is at Sudwala Caves in Mpumalanga near Nelpsruit. Heading east on the N4 turn off about 20 km from Nelspruit onto the R539 to Sabie.
- Cost is R70 per adult
- Open daily from 8am – 5pm
- Pierre’s Restaurant is famous for its great hamburgers and delicious home baked cakes. Situated between the Sudwala Dinosaur Park and the Sudwala Caves it’s a good halfway stop between the two excursions. 071 872 2713.