Vryburg is a bustling, agricultural town situated in the North West Province of South Africa, halfway between Kimberley (the capital of the Northern Cape Province) and Mafikeng (the capital of the North West Province). It is on Cecil Rhodes’s great northern railroad, which ran from Cape Town through the Kimberley diamond fields, Vryburg, Mafikeng, and northwards beyond Victoria Falls.

The affluent Vryburg suburb of, Huhudi (Tswana for "running water"), situated to the east of the main business district, has produced some of Southern Africa’s most intellectual leaders. The Tiger Kloof Educational Institute was set up south of the town by the London Missionary Society in 1904. The stone church on the premises is a national monument. Sir Arnold Theiler, the veterinarian who established the world famous veterinary research institute Onderstepoort near Pretoria, did research on the farm Armoedsvlakte 8 km west of Vryburg, in the Bophirima district, during his early career. The Theiler museum on the farm exhibits some of the equipment he used.

The greater Bophirima District is South Africa's largest beef producing district, with Bonsmara, Brahman and Hereford cattle being the most popular. It is commonly referred to as "the Texas of South Africa". Maize, Paprika, Sorghum, Sunflower and Groundnuts are other important crops produced in the greater Bophirima district.

Taung is a small town situated in the greater Bophirima District of the North West Province of South Africa. The name place of the lion and was named after Tau, the chief of the Tswana speaking Legoya or BaTaung tribe. Tau is the Tswana word for lion.

In 1924 a child's skull (Taung Child) was discovered by Raymond Dart in the nearby limestone quarry and it is, possibly, a transitional form between man and ape. The skull is now housed at the University of the Witwatersrand.


Taljaard Game Reserve