Travel to Kuruman – The Oasis of the Kalahari
Kuruman is a beautiful green town and a magnificent oasis in the dry Kalahari. The town offers its visitors real safari opportunities, beautiful landscapes and interesting activities.
Kuruman is the principal town on the Kalahari section of the Namakwari Route, situated at about 200 kilometres northwest of Kimberley and lying at the source of the Kuruman River. The name of the town is reputed to derive from a San chief, who lived in the area.
Blessed with a permanent source of water streaming from a fountain known as “Die Oog”, Kuruman has a thriving economy based on mining and agriculture. The Namakwari Route is growing in popularity as it boasts unspoilt nature and excellent tourist attractions.
The first Europeans to arrive in the area were missionaries from the Cape, who decided to put up a mission station at “Die Oog”. This station became very well known, and even people like David Livingstone used it as a base for their journeys into Africa.
Worth a visit are the Billy Duvenhage Nature Reserve, the Kalahari Raptor Rehabilitation Centre and the Bird Sanctuary. In the nearby vicinity are the Wonderwerk Caves and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, and the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve.
Travellers to Kuruman can enjoy horse-riding, game-drives in open safari vehicles, hiking, and mountain biking trails.