Nestling at the foot of the Kuruman Hills, this is the biggest town in the Kalahari with an atmosphere pleasantly balanced between frenetic and laid back.
It is known as the ‘Oasis of the Kalahari’, obtaining its fertile slogan from the abundance of subterranean water that bubbles to the surface at the ‘Eye’. This fountain produces 20-million litres of crystal clear water daily. The N14 becomes the main thoroughfare through town, and the majority of the CBD is centred on the roads to the north.
With a diversity of shops, the town is a major supply point for visitors heading deeper into the wilderness. Besides The Eye, there are a number of other sites worth spending time at. Moffat Mission on the outskirts of town is where the history of the region is most tangible. The atmosphere amongst the trees and old buildings is serene. 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.
Look out for
The Eye - in town alongside the main street the fountain is situated in park-like surrounds with tall trees shading the grass verges. Discovered in 1801, the freely flowing water brings life to the town and surrounding area, and supports a host of fish including an endangered Cichlid (Pseudocrenilabrus Philander).
Moffat Mission - is located 5kms north of town off the R31. Here the stone church, old homesteads, and buildings of traditional mud-plaster slumber in the shade of ancient trees. The mission exudes an atmosphere of spirit-reviving tranquillity. Romantics might like to know that in its gardens explorer David Livingstone proposed to his wife Mary. It was also his first home in Africa.
Wonderwerk Cave - 43kms south of Kuruman on the R31 to Daniëlskuil, this cave has a history covering almost a million years. The 140m deep cavern has sheltered people from many different cultures through the ages. Extensive excavations have been done in the cave, and the artefacts recovered are on display in the McGregor Museum in Kimberley.
Bird Sanctuary and Nature Reserve - The 2000ha reserve has a surprising variety of game and birdlife.