Kuruman lies on the Ghaap Plateau at the foot of a low range of hills in the northeast of the Northern Cape.
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.
This remote town has been dubbed the the ‘Oasis of the Kalahari” because of a geological feature bringing water to the surface from deep underground. Known as ‘The Eye (‘Die Oog’) or Gasegonyana.
The Eye is an inexhaustible fountain delivering twenty million litres of crystal clear water daily. White explorers first discovered this during the Truter Somerville Expedition of 1801 (Samuel Daniel). The Eye is the biggest natural fountain in the southern hemisphere.
The first Europeans to enter this part of Africa at the start of the 1800s were mainly missionaries sent to establish a mission station.
The Scottish missionary Robert Moffat and his wife Mary arrived in what would become Kuruman in 1821.
Lekker Links
Google Map of Kuruman
Northern Cape Tourism Authority
Holiday in Kimberley & the Northern Cape Northern Cape province
Barkly West, Calvinia, Carnarvon, Colesberg, De Aar, Kimberley, Kuruman, Port Nolloth, Prieska, Springbok, Upington.
Robert & Mary Moffat
Augrabies Falls National Park
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
Namakwa (Namaqua) National Park
Richtersveld Transfrontier Park
Tankwa Karoo National Park
Mokala National Park
Together with Robert Hamilton, Robert & Mary Moffat established the best-known Mission Station in Africa, often referred to as ‘the fountain of Christianity’. The mission station became the best-known frontier post in Southern Africa and a base for famous explorers, including David Livingstone (1813-1873).
In 1844 David Livingstone married the Moffat’s daughter (also Mary). Between 1852 and 1856 Livingstone explored the African interior and was the first European to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall (which he renamed Victoria Falls after Queen Victoria).
It was not until 1887 that the official town of Kuruman was laid out. The original church has been perfectly preserved, as are many other historic houses.
The town’s thriving economy owes its health to the community’s mining, stock farming and agricultural activities. Manganese, iron ore, and tiger’s eye are found and mined here. The world’s richest blue asbestos deposits were found here, and the awful legacy of this form of mining continues to devastate the lives of many.

Latest posts

  • Johnny Clegg

    Jonathan (Johnny) Clegg was born June 7, 1953 in Rochdale near Manchester in England. Already in his youth, Johnny Clegg, a white, English-speaking person with what he called a ‘secular Jewish’ upbringing in Britain, Israel, Zimbabwe and South Africa, became interested in Zulu street music and took part in traditional Zulu dance competitions. As a […]

    Read more

  • Wessels

    Away fro city life… I met a European couple (the guy from the Netherlands and the girl from UK) in Australia a couple of years ago. They are now planning to come visit South Africa later this year and I thought it may be useful for European travellers to hear a South African’s opinion of […]

    Read more

  • how many months income do you need for a mortgage in south africa

    It is a common misconception that you need a large deposit to get a mortgage in South Africa. You can actually get a mortgage with a deposit of as little as 3% of the purchase price. However, the size of your deposit will affect the interest rate you are offered and the amount you will […]

    Read more