Kathu is the iron ore capital of the Northern Cape province. Visitors will be amazed by the sheer size of one of the world’s largest single-pit open-cast iron mines, dwarfing giant ore trucks bearing up to 170 tons of ore each load.
Its name means “town under the trees”, after the Camel Thorn forest it is situated in. “Kathu” has anecdotally been attributed to a porridge brewed by the local population from the powder found in the pods of the Camel Thorn trees.
Kathu was founded in the late-1960s or early-1970s. It is perfectly in between Upington and Vryburg with about a 2-hour drive to each. Kimberley is a 3-hour drive away.
Attractions in Kathu include:
– One of the country’s most beautiful golf courses.
-The luxurious Gamagara Lodge where limestone houses characterize a desert landscape hidden by graceful palms.
– A small, well-stocked game reserve adjoins the town.
– Abseiling and 4×4 routes – Tel 083 660 5336
– Boiterelo Duallery Centre (Craft shop selling locally made jewelry.) Tel 073 285 5433.
– Khai-Appel Recreation Resort – Fishing and horseriding. Tel 053 723 2263.
– Kumba Sportclub – Badminton, golf, gymnasium, squash, swimming, tennis. Tel 053 723 3288.
– Guided tours of the world’s largest single pit open-cast iron mine by appointment. Tel 083 660 5336.
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