Kuruman, Kalahari - Things to do
OVERVIEW:This principal town of the Kalahari is the first town in the Northern Cape on the N14 from Johannesburg (520km to the east).
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.
Accommodation near Kuruman, Kalahari
"Die Mynhuis" is a four star guesthouse, situated in a quiet street in Kuruman and is the ideal stopover when visiting the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies Falls, Namibia or Namaqualand. It is also great for longer term accommodation when working at the surrounding mines such as Sishen, Wessels, Black Rock, Khumani and Mamatwan. Or make "Die Mynhuis" your basis to explore the Kuruman surroundings ...
En-route exploring the abounding treasures the Northern Cape has to offer, stay at The Falls Guest House surrounded by the lush vineyards, scenic landscapes and just 2 kilometres from the awe-inspiring Augrabies Falls National Park. All our units are supplied with a fully equipped kitchenette, en-suite bathroom, clean linen and towels, DSTV, under floor heating, air-conditioning and own private veranda. A ...
Things to do near Kuruman, Kalahari
Kathu, "˜the town under the trees', came into being because of Iscor's iron ore mining activity in the Kalahari and connected to it by road, rail and air through nearby Kimberley, the modern, model town is strategically situated. Some of the world's longest ore trains travel through harsh territory to offload their precious cargo at Saldanha Bay. And nothing can prevent ...
This principal town of the Kalahari is the first town in the Northern Cape on the N14 from Johannesburg (520km to the east). 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. ...
The only town lying at the foot of the Langeberg, Olifantshoek is a farming town close to two game ranches on the Namakwari Route. Founded in 1895, the village is called the "˜Gateway to the White and Roaring Sands', 78km south of the town. ...
The three-day trail (39,5 km) meanders its way through this arid region, offering spectacular views of the river and its gorges. It affords hikers the opportunity to become acquainted with the unique diversity of succulents, reptiles, rodents and mammals that have adapted to life in this uncompromising climatic region. The first two days the trail runs more or less parallel to the ravine, through streams ...
Map of Kuruman Tourism in Kuruman, Kalahari+ OPEN FULL MAP
GPS Co-Ordinates: 23° 25' 58" E / 27° 27' 48.9" S
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Directions to Kuruman Tourism in Kuruman, Kalahari
|Departing: Kimberley Airport|
|Address: Maroela Street, South Africa|
|Distance: 0.1 km / Duration: 2 hours 35 mins|
|1.||Head northwest on Maroela St toward Oliver Rd/N8|
Partial restricted usage road
|2.||Take the 2nd left onto Oliver Rd/N8||2.2 km|
|3.||Turn left onto Mac Dougall St||1.0 km|
|4.||Turn left onto N12||2.7 km|
|5.||Turn right onto R31||37.0 km|
|6.||Turn right onto Campbell St||68 m|
|7.||Continue onto Waterboer St/R31|
Continue to follow R31
|8.||Turn right to stay on R31||92.8 km|
|9.||Turn left onto Hoof St|
Destination will be on the right
Kimberley Airport - Kimberley+ OPEN WEBSITE
Kimberley Airport lies in the heart of the Northern Cape province and each year it has 15 500 air-traffic movements and has around 132 000 passengers come through, which mostly are business travellers.
Around six kilometres south of Kimberley lies the airport, its former name was B.J. Vorster Lughawe (Afrikaans for airport) and the Kimberley Airport had its beginnings in 1912.
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