- Northern Cape
Oasis of the Kalahari
Kuruman lies in the heart of the Kalahari region and obtained its fertile slogan, Oasis of the Kalahari, from the abundance of subterranean water that bubbles to the surface at the ‘Eye’ – the town enjoys a permanent source of water, commonly known as the “Eye of Kuruman”.
The Eye is a fountain in the centre of Kuruman which produces 20-million litres of crystal, clear water daily to its inhabitants. It is littered with Lily Pads and Lotus flowers and set amongst Willow Trees. The town is surrounded by a unique and unspoilt beauty, just 2 km’s outside of Kuruman is a wonderful nature reserve which is home to several game and bird species.
The history of area is also fascinating and quite tangible the atmosphere among the buildings and nature is rather serene. Visit the Old Mission Station stone church, old homesteads, and buildings of traditional mud-plaster and for more ancient history, a visit to the Wonderwerk Cave on the R31 south of town provides a lot to contemplate with regards to the first peoples who lived in our country.
Kuruman lies on the main route between Gauteng and Namibia/Cape Town via Upington and with a diversity of shops, and attractions, Kuruman is a major supply point and ideal stop over for visitors heading deeper into the wilderness.
The town and surrounding area accommodation includes Guesthouses, B&B’s, a Country Inn and various game reserve/lodges which includes camping facilities.
Things to do and see
- The Eye of Kuruman
- Billy Duvenhage Nature Reserve
- The Truce Tree
- Wonderwerk Cave
- Boesmansgat Sinkhole
- Kalahari Meerkat Project
- The Moffat Mission Station
- Kuruman Golf Course
- Zebra Arts & Crafts
Kuruman receives approximately 472 mm of rain per year with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 35˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 22˚C.
The towns name is derived from the Chief who lived in the area, named Kudumane.
In 1826, Robert Moffat, a worker of the London Missionary Society at the time, established the Moffat Church near the spring known as the “Eye of Kuruman”. This Mission Station went on to become the most famous in Africa. It became the venue for the marriage of Moffat’s daughter and the son of the world famous explorer David Linvingstone.
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