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TThe Taung World Heritage Site is a major attraction along the North West’s Taung Heritage Route. In 1924, Professor Raymond Dart from Wits University found the 2.5-million-year-old fossilised skull of a hominid child in the Buxton Quarry. Dart identified the skull as belonging to an early hominid and the discovery of the Taung Skull was acknowledged as one of the most significant scientific findings in South Africa’s history. Delegates can follow in the prehistoric footsteps of our hominid ancestors on this 45km route, which includes numerous natural attractions, including the limestone waterfall and the Blue Pools in a lush valley. The Taung skull discovery site is officially part of the UNESCO Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and a monument has been erected to mark the location. Nearby, an abandoned mine tunnel has been opened for exploration, allowing visitors to venture into the age-old limestone mountains. Located in the Bophirima district of the North West province, the Taung Heritage Route is an initiative of South Africa's National Heritage Council. This is a journey of discovery, historical significance and geological importance, and is geared for delegates who love ancient sites.

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TThe Taung World Heritage Site is a major attraction along the North West’s Taung Heritage Route. In 1924, Professor Raymond Dart from Wits University found the 2.5-million-year-old fossilised skull of a hominid child in the Buxton Quarry. Dart identified the skull as belonging to an early hominid and the discovery of the Taung Skull was acknowledged as one of the most significant scientific findings in South Africa’s history. Delegates can follow in the prehistoric footsteps of our hominid ancestors on this 45km route, which includes numerous natural attractions, including the limestone waterfall and the Blue Pools in a lush valley. The Taung skull discovery site is officially part of the UNESCO Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and a monument has been erected to mark the location. Nearby, an abandoned mine tunnel has been opened for exploration, allowing visitors to venture into the age-old limestone mountains. Located in the Bophirima district of the North West province, the Taung Heritage Route is an initiative of South Africa's National Heritage Council. This is a journey of discovery, historical significance and geological importance, and is geared for delegates who love ancient sites.

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