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Northern Cape - Kalahari

The Kalahari Travel Directory

General Information

The sun-drenched Kalahari is an often forgotten corner of the Northern Cape in South Africa.   The Kalahari region is the dry heart of the sub-continent, lying roughly over the three way junction of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, and extending south as far as the Northern Cape. This is the arid northwest of South Africa, almost entirely desert or semi-desert, but also a landscape of enormous material wealth and variety.

This is a vast, ancient landscape of misty horizons that is reminiscent of the beginning of time.  A journey from Gauteng to Namibia, or the Cape, via Upington, brings unsuspecting travellers to the gateway of this mysterious land.

Amid its deceptive desolation, the Kalahari is a richly vegetated desert area which is home to a large verity of African wildlife.  The Oasis of the Kalahari, Kuruman, which is the main town and its wonder fountain, the Eye, has been known as the fountain of Christianity since it supplied water to the renowned Moffat Mission from where the Gospel was spread deep into Africa.

Further North-west, on the gravel road to Van Zylsrus and the internationally famous Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park you will encounter the hunting centre of the region.  Off the beaten track are mining towns of Hotazel and Black Rock where modern technology has only begun to scratch at the surface of the manganese ore wealth.

Forty-five kilometres south-west of Kuruman, on the national road, you will find the picturesque town of Kathu on the fringe of the Kathu Forest Reserve with its majestic camelthorn trees.  The town owes its existence entirely to the exploration of iron ore deposits by Iscor.

Activities in the Kalahari

At the foot of the Langeberg lies the beautiful village Olifantshoek, or often called the "Gateway to the White and Roaring Sands".  The white sand has a loose granular texture which does not mix with the surrounding red sand and any disturbance of the 100m high Roaring Sands, particularly in hot dry weather, produces a weird roaring sound.

Among the many attractions of the region is the Wonderwerk Cave which takes one on a journey to prime evil times, the Eye which delivers 20 million litres of water daily and which is the breeding ground of an endangered species of cichlid fish.  Tierkop Environment Service Centre for information and training at Lohathla, nature parks, a bird sanctuary and hiking trails.

There is a wide variety of adventure activities to do in and around this region.  Please see our activity directory for more information.  Various magnificent 4x4 routes are available.

Accommodation in the Kalahari

There is a wide variety of visitor accommodation options that are available from guest houses to self-catering cottages, bed and breakfasts and much more.  Please view our accommodation directory for more information on the accommodation in the area.

The accommodation and facilities on game farms range from luxurious to adventurous. A unique feature in the culture-historical heritage is the limestone homesteads in the area. 

You will be amazed by the beauty and splendour of the Kalahari Region!

Business Directory

For information on the businesses you can find in the Kalahari region of the Northern Cape, please view our business directory.

The Kalahari offers a variety of restaurants to suit every taste.

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