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The peace and quiet of Kuruman.
Like a moon in a starless sky, Kuruman shines bright as a major town in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Referred to as the oasis of the Kalahari, the town is the economic powerhouse of the region.
Life-giving fresh water from a perpetual spring in Kuruman drew travellers to the region for many centuries. Prior to the establishment of the town, a mission station was constructed – by hand – in 1838 by Scottish missionary Robert Moffat. Moffat built a church, residences and a garden, and dug a 4km clay canal from the spring to water his plants. The mission station ran successfully until the discovery of gold and diamonds and in 1885 the British swiftly annexed the area and planned a town. The town’s name is believed to be taken from a San leader, Kudumane.
Kuruman is a welcome reprieve from the hot, barren surrounding plains of the Kalahari Desert, the town’s green expanses providing a hint of the vast untapped water resources that lie hidden deep under the ground.
Top 6 reasons to visit Kuruman
1. Take a walk to the natural spring, called The Eye, that pumps out millions of litres of water daily into a pond and canals, and is located in a picturesque park with beautiful trees. The pond is home to an endangered species of fish.
2. Visit the Moffat Mission Station to see the old stone church, once the largest building outside the Cape colony, the tree under which the intrepid British explorer David Livingston proposed to Moffat’s daughter and remnants of the old garden and clay canals, now reinforced with concrete.
3. The Kalahari Meerkat Project is a study being conducted on the sociable meerkats residing in the Kuruman River Reserve. Visit to check out these cute creatures as well as some game viewing of the regal gemsbok, fox, black-backed jackal... Show more