Things To Do in TaungVisit the Taung Skull Heritage Site
Where? Taung Skull Heritage Site, Taung, North West Province
When? Please enquire
How? Call +27 (0)18 397-1500
How much? Price on request
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In the heart of the Bophirima region of the North West Province of South Africa, amidst the farmlands and sprawling landscapes, is the Taung Skull Heritage Site. South Africa has long been considered to be the Cradle of Humankind by a number of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists, thanks to some of the fossilised remains that appear to support this claim. Of these, the Taung Skull is one of the most significant finds.
This is a child’s skull that was found at the Buxton Quarry in 1924, and is believed to be about 2.5 million years old, killed by a large prehistoric bird of prey. Today, it is part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, as deemed by UNESCO. Visitors will be plunged into an archaeological wonder world that is full of fascinating insights into an ancient world. Any site has to fulfil a number of strict criteria to qualify as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, testifying to the value of this attraction.
A monument has been erected at the site of the discovery to mark its significance. Of course, the Buxton Quarry is no longer being mined, but is still being used as a significant scientific research hub. However, it also exudes an ambience of quiet serenity and makes for an idyllic spot in which to get away from the ‘real world’ and enjoy the tranquillity that only the outdoors can bring. The wonder of this region are nothing short of breath-taking, and visitors are reminded to bring their cameras along.
The nearby Blue Pools are spectacular for picnics and braais. The many caves, rock basins and streams of this area also make this the perfect spot for those who enjoy stunning backdrops while they go hiking and abseiling.
Bophirima, formerly known as Stellaland, is an agricultural area that also boasts many game farms. As such, it is, in itself, gaining international acclaim as a restful escape for tourists.