Geography and History
Kathu is a small town in the Kalahari region of the Northern Cape province in South Africa. Kathu, ‘the town under the trees’, came into being because of Iscor’s iron ore mining activity in the Kalahari and connected to it by road, rail and air through nearby Kimberley. 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.
Kathu is home to one of the country’s most beautiful golf courses and the luxurious Gamagara Lodge, limestone houses characterise a desert landscape hidden by graceful palms.
A small, well-stocked game reserve adjoins the town as does the Khai-Appel Pleasure Resort.
Absailing and 4x4 routes - Tel 083 660 5336
Boiterelo Duallery Centre (Craft shop selling locally made jewellery.) Tel 073 285 5433.
Game Reserve - Offering game and birdwatching. Tel 053 723 2263.
Khai-Appel Recreation Resort - Camping and caravan facilities, fishing and horseriding. Tel 053 723 2263.
Kumba Sportclub - Badminton, golf, gymnasium, squash, swimming, tennis. Tel 053 723 3288.
Mine Tour - Guided tours of the world’s largest single pit open-cast iron mine by appointment. Tel 083 660 5336.
Accommodation in Kathu includes Guest farms, Game lodges, B&B's and camping.
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