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5 Amazing Things To Do In And Around Kuruman

5 Amazing Things To Do In And Around Kuruman
Nestled at the foot of the Kuruman Hills, you will find the largest town in the heart of the Kalahari.

The town of Kuruman provides visitors with a relaxed but exciting atmosphere, allowing you to spend some days sitting and gazing at the stunning scenery and others exploring the oasis of the Kalahari. 
There are a plethora of things to do in Kuruman, all of which will provide you with a truly unique Northern Cape experience.
Choose from an array of Kuruman accommodation options to relax and unwind in. Many of these inns are within a short driving distance to the attractions of this charming town, which make it easier for you to set up a plan of action for your stay. Keep reading for a list of fun and interesting things to do in and around Kuruman to help you plan the holiday of your dreams.

- See the Eye of Kuruman

The Eye of Kuruman is a natural spring made up of crystal clear water and it is situated in the heart of the town. It was discovered in 1801 and is the pride of the town, bringing in a significant amount of fresh, cool, and clean water every day. It is considered to be a true oasis in the arid Northern Cape, and rightly so.

The spring is home to a diverse collection of fish, including an endangered and rare species. The pool of water is surrounded by stunning trees and plants, making it a beautifully serene place to spend your time relaxing in and around. Fishing is not allowed and there is a small fee to pay to view the spring, but it is worth it to see this natural beauty.

- Make your way to the Moffat Mission

If you are a history buff or enjoy exploring old buildings, then a visit to the Moffat Mission should be right up your alley. The mission was founded by Scotsman Robert Moffat in 1820 and was used as a residence for Robert and his wife Mary while Robert was writing the very first Setswana Bible.

Here you will be able to see the old stone church, the beautifully crafted homesteads as well as the traditional mud-plaster buildings to explore. The area has a peaceful and spiritual atmosphere, making it the perfect place to spend time meandering around after a busy day in the centre of town. And if you are a romantic at heart, it is interesting to note that the gardens of the Moffat Mission are where David - Livingstone proposed to his wife.

- Marvel at the Wonderwerk Cave

The Wonderwerk Cave is truly a natural beauty to behold. It can be found in the foothills of the Kuruman Hills and should be at the top of your list of places to see and things to do in Kuruman. It is a hub of activity for archaeologists and is a National Heritage Site. It was once said that the cave is so large that a team of oxen could turn around in the entrance.

In this stunning cave, you will find unique dolomites, some of which are said to be one million years of age. There are recordings of rock paintings in the mouth of the cave as well as evidence of shelters inside the cave itself. You will be able to see what archaeologists have excavated from this cave in the local McGregor Museum, so be sure to book a tour of this fascinating establishment too.

- Bask in the scenery of the Boesmansgat Sinkhole

For nature lovers, you will find yourself spoiled for choice when it comes to attractions in Kuruman. There is the unique submerged freshwater cave known as the Boesmansgat Sinkhole, which is a popular destination for cave divers, hikers and nature photographers alike. You will need to be alert and aware when exploring, as it can be dangerous to walk around the edge of the hole.

The water in the sinkhole is believed to have come from an underground water source that is found 60 km north of Boesmansgat itself. You will need to be an experienced climber in order to reach the hole if you wish to dive, as it involves climbing down a steep rocky incline. It is best enjoyed from above for those who do not wish to brave the climb, and you will also be able to spot the wildlife of the area which includes kudu, gemsbok, and diverse birdlife.

- Enjoy life in the slow lane

In the Northern Cape, life does not move at a fast or frenetic pace. This means that you can spend your time relaxing and enjoying the town of Kuruman at your own pace. You can start by seeing the gorgeous Eye of Kuruman and then wind your way to the Moffat Mission for a history lesson on the town.

Be sure to stop off at the Wonderwerk Cave and spend an afternoon exploring the surrounds of the Boesmansgat Sinkhole. And don’t forget to pack your camera to capture each special moment.
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