Kuruman is a small town of roughly 13 000 inhabitants in the Northern Cape of South Africa. It is located in the east of this province on the Ghaap Plateau, 1131m above sea level, close to the border with the North West province. Mining is one of Kuruman's main economic activities and Kuruman therefore attracts many business travelers. The area around the town is mined for iron ore, manganese, blue asbestos and tiger's eye. Its close proximity to the vast, unique Kalahari landscape makes it popular for recreational travelers passing through too.
The Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, a popular self-drive destination among South Africans is easily accessible from the town, as are a number of wildlife rehabilitation centres, such as the Kalahari Raptor Centre. The Kalahari Meerkat Project (made famous by the television program 'Meerkat Manor') is also based just outside of Kuruman.
The region is dry with a couple of small shrubs dotted about. The town however is an oasis, thanks to 'The Eye of Kuruman' (also known as 'Die Oog' or 'Gasegonyana') a fresh water spring which provides 20 million litres of water to the town every day. It is also home to an endangered cichlid fish.
Some people think of the spring as a 'fountain of Christianity', as it was in Kuruman that Robert Moffat established his missionary in 1821 and became the first person to translate the bible into seTswana - the local bantu language. Some 20 years later, David Livingstone showed up in Kuruman to start his missionary career and today it is still a base for the American Peace Corps volunteers.
Accommodation in Kuruman consists mainly of Guest Houses and Bed n Breakfasts - you won't find any high rise hotels here. If you are planning a trip to the Kalahari, this is the perfect place to stop over.
Situated in a quiet suburb in tranquil surroundings, Azalea offers secure parking, en-suite comfortable rooms and a warm welcome. We are on the route to Cape town, West coast, Botswana, Namibia, richt... More Info
French Blue is a charming country bed and breakfast in Kuruman, South Africa, possibly the best of Kuruman accommodation, with 2 luxury bedrooms with peaceful patios.
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Kalahari Hide provides all its guests with friendly hospitality, excellent location and access to the very best in local activities in Kuruman. We have several units available: A cottage with two bedr... More Info
Amaziah Guesthouse is situated in Kuruman, 540km from the Oliver Tambo Airport, in Johannesburg and 262km from Upington, along the popular N14 main route to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabie... More Info
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Cunningham Cottage is your ideal accommodation when en route to Namibia, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Namaqualand or on business to the local mining region. All rooms are spacious with air conditione... More Info
"Die Mynhuis Guesthouse" is situated in a quiet street in Kuruman, the oasis of the Kalahari. This guesthouse is known for its exceptional and friendly service. It is the ideal stopover when visiting ... More Info
Situated in the garden town of Kuruman in the beautiful Kalahari, Kuru-Kuru Guest House is known for it's warm hospitality and excellent cuisine.
Stay over with us en route to the Augrabies, Kgalagad... More Info
Safari Travelodge has 19 rooms to choose from, including smaller standard rooms, larger family rooms and self catering units. Visit our Serengeti restaurant on the premises. On an in town 9 ha estate.... More Info
Beautifully restored old house within walking distance from Die Oog/ The Eye, shops, banks, pharmacies and garages. The house sleeps 11 people on 3/4 beds and the three single flats have double beds i... More Info
Cornerstone is a lovely guest house in a tranquil suburban area, situated in Kuruman. Lying in the heart of the Kalahari, Kuruman is one of those special places endowed with incredible picturesque sce... More Info
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It is a beautiful town.
Full of potholes, which annoyed me because I could not avoid it.
- Maggie Grootboom
A very nice Wimpy with friendly and helpful people, but otherwise very dusty and lots of litter. The Kalahari Hide was an Oasis in the the Red Dusty Dessert.
- Glenda Vonarburg
We visited Kuruman expressly to experience "Die Oog" which we did and were suitably impressed.
- Colin Stretton
It is a much better place than I imagined. I found more restaurants than I would imagine a small town to have.
- Phephela Makgoke
Kuruman sien my weer!Het nie by alles uitgekom nie. Wil weer na die Moffat Museum gaan kyk.
- STEPHANIE BUITENDAG