The “town under the trees” was established to serve the iron ore mining activities in the Kalahari. Kathu has one of the largest opencast iron mines in the world. It is an attractive town with palms and limestone houses that echo the surrounding desert landscape. The small mining community of Dingleton is near Kathu.

Adventure and Sport

Golf: Kathu has one of the most attractive golf courses in the country.

Hunting: Contact the Northern Cape Hunters’ Association for more information.

Khai-Appel Recreation Resort: The resort offers fishing and horse riding and has camping and caravanning facilities.

Art and Crafts

Kathu Craft Centre: Local people sell their wares at the Centre.

Fauna and Flora

Kathu Game Reserve: Birdwatchers and animal lovers will enjoy a respite at the reserve just outside the town.

History and Adventure

Building styles: The limestone houses reflect the desert landscape around it and are enhanced by the graceful palm trees that have been planted all around town.

Other Attractions

Mine visit: Tours of the mine can be arranged.

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