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The life giving Eye
This principal town of the Kalahari is the first town in the Northern Cape on the N14 from Johannesburg (520km to the east)

Nearby Towns: Kathu, Black Rock, Hotazel, Dibeng, Danielskuil

On the Ghaap Plateau 1 131m above sea level, Kuruman is the principal town on the Kalahari section of the Namakwari Route. The origin of the town’s name is uncertain but it is generally accepted as being a variation of the name of an 18th-century San leader, Kudumane.

Known as the ‘Oasis of the Kalahari’, Kuruman is blessed with a permanent and abundant source of water. More densely vegetated than most oases, its water flows from Gasegonyana, commonly called The Eye. A spring delivering 20 million litres of water daily to 71 000 inhabitants, the water flows from solution cavities in the dolomitic Ghaap Plateau and cracks in the mammoth doleritic dykes and sills that thrust their way into prominence from the earth’s core some 190 million years ago.

The spring nurtures an endangered species of cichlid fish. Flowing from the spring and the town’s missionary past is its other name, ‘the fountain of Christianity’ in Africa. Scottish missionary Robert Moffat, the first person to translate the Bible into seTswana, lived here for 50 years (1820-1870) and built the famous Moffat Church, completed in 1838.

The Moffats baptised their first converts in 1829, taught them to read, and, using their own printing press, printed the first Bible in Africa. Regular services are still conducted in ‘their’ church.The town’s thriving economy owes its health to the community’s mining, stockfarming and agricultural activities. Manganese, iron ore, tiger’s eye and the richest blue asbestos deposits in the world are found and mined here.
  i Tourist Information
The Information Officer
Main Str, Kuruman
Tel 053 712 1001
Email kurmun@ga-segonyana.co.za


activities and attractions
  Bird Sanctuary and Nature Reserve
Hotazel Rd. The bird sanctuary has a wetland area with plenty of grass, reeds and trees. There are about 115 different species of birds mainly from the duck, ibis and heron families. The 2 000 hectare Nature Reserve is situated on the northwest side of Kuruman. A wide variety of indigenous game can be viewed including giraffe, eland, gemsbok, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, kudu, red hartebeest, zebra, sable antelope, impala, blesbok, springbok, ostrich, duiker, steenbok, black-backed jackal and caracal (lynx). The camel-thorn, wild sage and umbrella-thorn are the main tree species in the Reserve.

Eye, The
Main Str. It is the largest natural fountain in the Southern Hemisphere. Stocked with goldfish, carp, barbel and blue kurper, The Eye has full café, curio and ablution facilities. Tel 053 712 1095.

Kuruman is home to the Kalahari Hunters’ Association, tel 053 712 2711. The abundant game bred and culled in the area is fast turning it into a hunter’s Mecca.

Kalahari Manganese Field Mineral Collection
Private gemstone collection. Tel 053 712 2145.

Kalahari Raptor Centre
On the road to Upington. The sanctuary treats and rehabilitates injured raptors. Accommodation also available. By appointment only. Tel 053 712 3576, web www.raptor.co.za

Kuruman Country Club
Offers golf (9 holes), squash course, bowls, tennis, snooker. Tel 053 712 1242.

Moffat Mission Station
Moffat Lane. Dr Robert Moffat and his wife, Mary, arrived in Kuruman from Scotland in 1820. The Moffat Church was completed in 1838 and, for years, was the largest building in the Northern Cape. The marriage of their daughter, Mary, to explorer David Livingstone took place in the church, declared a national monument in 1939. Tel 053 712 1352/2645.

Truce Tree
Seodin Rd. The 1914 Rebellion left its mark on Kuruman. General J Kemp and 700 rebels invaded Kuruman to replenish their rations. Captain Frylinck and Lieutenant Gash were responsible for the safety of Kuruman and, after a short skirmish, the garrison surrendered. An armistice was negotiated beneath this shady camelthorn tree.

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Tswalu, meaning ‘new beginning’ in the Tswana language, is the largest privately owned game reserve in South Africa. The historic home of the San and malaria-free, the reserve has over 70 species of mammals and more than 200 bird species. Motse comprises eight individual thatch roof en-suite legaes (suites). Each legae overlooks the watering-hole and has an outside shower, private lounge, open fireplace and private sun-deck. Tarkuni, which is a 45 minute drive from Motse, offers secluded luxury for small groups and families of up to 12. Activities include horse-riding through the reserve and game-drives, conducted in open sided, canopied safari vehicles. Bush walks, led by experienced field guides, give insight into the local vegetation, bush medicines, cosmetics and hunting skills of the San people.

Wonderwerk Cave and Rock Paintings
43km south down Daniëlskuil road on the farm Wonderwerk. Archaeological excavations of the 140m long cave suggest datings of more than a million years old to the early twentieth century when members of the Bosman family made it their home. Spanning the stone age, finds include Acheulean handaxes and cleavers, evidence of controlled use of fire, grass bedding, animal remains including extinct species, engraved stones, and a wide range of Later Stone Age artefacts. Rock paintings - from which graffiti was recently removed - were made with red and yellow ochres obtained in the vicinity. Finds are housed at Kimberley’s McGregor Museum. The site is being declared a Grade 1 National Heritage site. Accommodation, by appointment, is also available. Tel 082 832 7226.

activities and attractions


Featured Accommodation

Amaziah B&B
Tel:Cell: 082 927 1190
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Kalahari Lodge
Tel:053 712 1666
Cell: 083 643 2115
Hotels and Lodges, Kuruman

Kalahari Rangers Lodge, McCarthy's Rest
Tel:+27 (0)79 580 4199
Hotels and Lodges, Kuruman

4x4 Bateleur Camp
Tel:053 781 0408
Cell: 082 224 5000 / 072 582 5807
Caravanning and Camping, Kuruman

Bee My Guest Guest House
Tel:053 712 2635
Cell: 083 459 7595
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Corheim Guest Farm
Tel:053 712 2964
Cell: 073 975 3299
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Cunningham Cottage
Tel:053 712 2403
Cell: 073 2266 225
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Die Oog B&B
Tel:053 712 0353
Cell: 083 383 8372
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Eldorado Hotel
Tel:053 712 2191
Hotels and Lodges, Kuruman

Janke Guest House
Tel:053 712 0949
Cell 083 310 0209
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Klipwerf Guest House
Tel:053 712 0932
Cell 082 229 0373
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Letona Guesthouse
Tel:053 712 3073
Cell: 082 442 7696
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Mamre House B&B
Tel:053 712 3054
Cell 082 412 5243
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Oppiknoppi Guest Farm
Tel:053 751 1388/2
Cell: 083 265 4729
Self Catering, Kuruman

Red Sands Country Lodge
Tel:053 712 0033
Cell: 082 801 4414
Hotels and Lodges, Kuruman

Riverfield Guest House
Tel:053 712 0003
Cell: 083 262 1265
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Safari Travelodge
Tel:082 446 4095
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Shalom Guest House
Tel:053 712 1781
Cell: 072 195 7845
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

Soetvlakte Guest Farm
Tel:053 751 1631
Cell 083 251 5334
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

The Guesthouse on Main
Tel:053 712 1927 Cell: 072 350 0029
Guest Houses and Farms, B&B, Kuruman

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