Things To Do in TaungTaung Dam
Where? 17km out of town on the Kolong River, Taung, Bophirima Region, North West Province.
When? Daylight hours.
How much? Free
The Taung Dam is named after the world acclaimed Taung Skull World Heritage Site, which is just a few kilometres away. This is nestled within the Bophirima area of the North West Province of South Africa. This region combines an undeniable natural splendour with an ancient, even prehistoric, tale to support the intrigue and value that it has in modern society.
It is situated on the scenic Harts River and has, as a result, become known and loved amongst avid fishermen, who continue to keep this as their secret hotspot for catching the largemouthed yellowfish (also known as the Vaal-Orange largemouth yellowfish) and bass. In fact, there are a number of fishing competitions here as evidence of the excellent fishing conditions at Taung Dam.
This is a gravity dam that was established in 1993, mainly for the irrigation of the farmlands that characterise this part of South Africa. It has a height of 42 metres and a length of 255 metres. Stunning picnic spots flank the dam, and boast gorgeous backdrops for any outdoorsy time with friends and family. Long walks, bird watching and natural photography are all given the perfect platform at Taung Dam. Locals can often be found enjoying their time-out here, appreciating the bounty of their homeland, South Africa.