Kuruman, Northern Cape
Kuruman is a town located in the Northern Cape Province, just over two and a half hours from Upington. The town can be found along the main roads between Cape Town, and Gauteng and also between Gauteng and Namibia. The location provides beautiful scenery and unspoilt natural surrounds along with a number of attractions. The little town is considered to be the ‘Oasis of the Kalahari’ and tends to have slightly milder weather conditions compared to other areas in the Northern Cape region
One of the main attractions in the area is the spring known as ‘The Eye’ or ‘Die Oog’. This spring that has its source deep underground, is the main water supply in the area. Although there is an abundance of fish in the waters, no fishing is allowed in the area. ‘The Eye’ can be located along the main road or Hoof Street in Kuruman adjacent to some retail stores and the PalmGate Shopping Centre.
This area began as a missionary station and is the place where David Livingstone was based during his early missionary years. The Kuruman Hospital is also situated along the main road. Schools in the area include the Kalahari High School, the Kuruman Primary School and the Seodin Primary School amongst others. The town also has its own Public Golf course and Bowls Club. You will find a number of guest houses and lodges throughout the town as well as a few restaurants and of course the Kuruman Mall.
Today the region depends on the mining and agricultural Industries, which keeps the town alive and prosperous. Suburbs within Kuruman include Mothibistad, Wrenchville and the Kuruman central town. Some of the properties for sale within Kuruman include some spacious houses that lie on big quite large plots.
Wrenchville is found a bit further up the N14 main Road through Kuruman, has its own primary and secondary school. This section of the town is also home to the Kuruman Mosque. Located a bit further out of town is a large area known as Mothibistad. Properties for sale in this region are some reasonably priced houses built on smaller stands compared to the other areas in Kuruman.
Some interesting places to visit and things to do in Kuruman include visiting the Moffat Mission, located a short distance to the north of the town. Visiting the station you will see a stone church and some old homesteads; this was where Livingstone lived when he arrived in the area. A few kilometres south of the town you will find the ‘Wonderwerk’ Cave, which has an interesting history that covers many years into the past. Many of the artifacts that were excavated can now be seen at the McGregor Museum in Kimberley.
Then you have the Bird Sanctuary and Nature Reserve, which has a variety of bird and animal life. Just 2km from Kuruman is the Billy Duvenhage Nature Reserve where you will be able to find a number of wildlife and bird species. There is also the Kalahari Meerkat Project located within the Kuruman River Reserve.