Field Trip 5: Rivers that Sparkle – The Alluvial Deposits of Central South Africa

Field Trip 5 has been cancelled as the minimum registration numbers were not achieved. 

This field trip is designed for the ardent sedimentologist. The trip will traverse the Vaal River and middle Orange River secondary deposits, visiting current mining operations as well as historic sites like Canteen Koppie in Barkly West where the first major alluvial diamond deposit was found in South Africa. Localities include Lichtenburg, Ventersdorp, Bloemhof, Windsorton, Kimberley, Barkly West, Schmidtsdrift and Douglas. Transport will be in a luxury 30 seater bus. 

Field Trip Leaders
Mike de Wit

Pre-Conference: Sunday 10 September to Saturday 16 September 2017

ZAR 25,000 (see registration page for further details)

Number of Delegates 
There will only be one pre-conference field trip which is restricted to 20 delegates.
Start and End Points
Starts in Johannesburg and ends in Kimberley, South Africa.

Detailed Itinerary 
For a detailed field trip itinerary click here.

Photo credits top to bottom: Diamond rush for claims on Grasfontein in 1927, Mike de Wit; The Rockwell – a 287 carat diamond recovered from the middle Orange River by Rockwell Diamonds.