Kuruman, Northern Cape, South Africa
Kuruman is the main town of the Kalahari region, and is known as the 'Oasis of the Kalahari'. The town enjoys a permanent source of water, commonly known as 'the eye'.
'The eye' delivers about 20 million litres of fresh water daily to its inhabitants. 'The eye' is littered with lily pads and lotus flowers and is set amongst massive Willow trees. The water is teeming with Bream, Carp and Barbel.
The history of Kuruman is a fascinating one. Apparently the name of the town is derived from the Chief who lived in the area, named Kudumane. In 1826, Robert Moffat, a worker of the London Missionary Society at the time, established the Moffat Church near the spring known as 'the eye' of Kuruman.
This mission station went on to become the most famous in Africa, becoming the venue for the marriage of Moffat's daughter and the son of the world famous explorer David Livingstone.
Kuruman is a bustling town, and boasts the largest cattle ranching and dairy farming district in the country. Kuruman has made a name for itself as one of the major hunting areas in South Africa.
Kuruman is also known to mine asbestos, manganese, lime and iron. Kuruman is situated on the main route between Gauteng and Namibia/Cape Town via Upington. This route is quite popular due to its beautiful, unspoilt nature and wide variety of tourist attractions.