Kuruman.. A town in the Kalahari.

Kuruman is a town with 12 000 odd inhabitants in Northern Cape province of South Africa, famous for the Eye of Kuruman, a geological feature bringing water from deep underground to the surface in the Kalahari Desert.

The Eye is the largest known natural spring in the southern hemisphere. Who says arid areas have no water.??

Kuruman is vastly known as the ‘the fountain of Christianity’ in Africa due to the flowing springs of the ‘Die Oog’ and its missionary history of the ‘Moffatt Mission’.

Kuruman is also known for the Moffat Mission where Robert Moffat, a Scottish missionary, was the first person to translate and print the entire Bible into the Setswana African language.

Robert Moffatt helped build the Moffatt Church which was completed in 1838. Kuruman was a London Missionary Society mission station founded by Robert Moffat in 1821 and the place where David Livingstone arrived for his first position as a missionary in 1841.

Now David Livingstone I’m sure you all know for his meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 which gave rise to the popular quotation "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" He was also reputed to be the first White discoverer to see the world famous Victoria Falls.. Now my knowledge of local history has been awakened as I never knew he started his career of expeditions from Kuruman..

But this photographic post is about the famous Eye of Kuruman… I will let the first photo speak further for me..

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Now when they say this water is crystal clear the following photos will convince you of that fact…

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and all this water bubbles out of this “EYE”…

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The Kuruman River (which is dry except for flash floods after heavy rain), is named after the town. But with all this water bubbling out of the ground.. 20 000 000 litres per day (4 500 000 gallons per day) why would the river be a dry river.?? Ummm interesting, will have to study up a bit more on this… Okay the water is used to supply 71 000 people in the area.. lucky people, such crystal clear water, I wonder now if they need to purify it.???

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54 thoughts on “Kuruman.. A town in the Kalahari.

  1. I have learned so much from your photography! Blessings to you and thank you for taking me on incredible journeys through your photography!

    • All year round .. this post of mine has interested me as much as my followers and I’m doing more research on the whole thing now… where can all this water come from when Kuruman is in the middle of an arid area.???

  2. Whatever is in the water, the fish are clearly thriving. No apparent fish shortages in Kurumun.

    • Thanks Naomi… it is hard to believe that so much water can daily be produced by this spring without at some stage it seemingly becoming polluted… crystal clear everytime we’ve been there…

    • It is a sight to see… I’ve flown over the town so many times and the river is always bone dry, yet all that water bubbles up from nowhere every day… amazing…

    • This area is void of any industry… it half void of anything… just semi desert, dry as hell with little to no rain, yet this water bubbles out the ground…amazing…

    • Thank you… a few interesting things have raised their head here… like the word “eye”… eye of the storm I can understand but eye of the spring doesn’t sound right…

  3. A place dear to my heart because of Meerkat Manor!
    The ‘Eye’ is mentioned to be a translation of ‘die oog’, but I find this puzzling as there seemed to have been a strong English (Scots) influence there with Moffat et al. I have always understood an ‘Eye’ to have, as one meaning, the place where a spring emerges, due to the use of the word in other instances such as Maloney’s Eye in the Sterkfontein caves area. The term ‘eye’ doesn’t appear to be listed in the dictionary as having that meaning, though. I wonder if it does have it in Afrikaans?

    • Very good point Col… I’ve been trying to find an answer to this very question.. when the talk of the eye of the storm they talk of the center.. but a spring that only has one out point could hardly be called the eye… interesting and I intend to dig deeper…

  4. Stunning shots bulldog. We used to go there a lot when we lived in Kimberley and I went with hubby when he had to do IT jobs there but sadly there was no time to visit places like that. Thanks for sharing as I can now see it through your eyes. 😀 *big hugs*

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