Regular travel writers at The Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald and Melbourne Age Traveller choose their favourite “behind the scenes tour”.
I picked the wonderful Point of Human Origins experience at Mossel Bay. Those taking the tour stand on the point on Earth where the earliest evidence for the origins of modern human behaviour was discovered. Leading the tour is the archaeologist who originally made the discovery, Dr Peter Nilssen. Dr Nilssen, a brilliant communicator, also talks about archaeological events leading to the discovery and poses the question: Where to now as a species.
The caves are not open to the public – you can only visit them on the POHO tour, or if you walk the wonderful Oystercatcher Trail, a luxury four-night, three-day 55-kilometre Garden Route guided slackpacking hike that follows the coast from Mossel Bay to the Gouritz River mouth along a track marked at regular intervals with a stencil of the endangered African Black Oystercatcher.
Here’s the story, titled Up close and personal and I have provided an online link as well here: http://www.traveller.com.au/the-best-in-behindthescenes-tours-gjwgtx