Geography and history
Taung is an internationally recognised town situated in the Bophirima region of the North West Province in South Africa. This picturesque town shot to fame when a crucial link in the scientific ascent of man was found. The Taung Skull was dug up in the nearby Buxton quarries in 1924. Taung is named after Tau, the chief of the Legoya or Bataung people and the town’s name means “place of the lion”.
The Taung Child Skull was found at fossil sites in caves formed by gigantic tufa flow coming off the dolomite bedrock. The community of Taung consists of about 20 000 residents.
There are loads of visitor accommodation options available in the Taung area. Tourists can stay over in one of many bed and breakfasts, guest houses, guest farms, self-catering units and camping sites. If you would like more information on places to stay in the region, please visit our accommodation directory.
Activities and attractions
The picturesque town of Taung has many fun-filled and interesting outdoor activities available. The Blue Pools is one of the attractive sights in this town that should not be missed. This beautiful valley full of streams and pools also offers tourists the chance to explore an old mine tunnel.
Other things to do in Taung include the following:
- Boipelo Game Reserve
- Cultural Calabash Festival
- Dinkgwaneng San Rock Art Site
- Hiking and Biking
- Mmabana Cultural Centre
- Taung Dam
- Taung Heritage Site
The business sector of Taung is thriving. There are loads of shops, stalls, local products and tantalising restaurants in the area to choose from. Your every need as a tourist will be met. Please go to our business directory for a complete list of businesses you can find in the region.