Kathu | Northern Cape | Green Kalahari
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Kathu Green Kalahari | Northern Cape
Kathu is the iron ore capital of the Northern Cape province. Its name means “town under the trees” after the Camel Thorn forest it is situated in. The phrase “the town under the trees” was coined by an engineer working in the town in the early-1990s as part of a tourist marketing drive, together with the accompanying graphic. It was intended to be a marketing slogan.
The town of Kathu is strategically situated in respect of exciting 4×4 vehicle tours to the Kalahari and the western region of Botswana with its unspoilt scenic beauty and nature reserves which include the Kalahari Gemsbok Park. .
Kathu is one of the most beautiful and modern towns in the country. It is situated in the kathu-bush, which mainly exist of majestic camel thorn trees, saltpans and rich in pre-historic foundings. There are more than 200 different bird species to be found in these bush areas.
One of the main attractions for visitors is the Sishen Mine, which is one of the largest open iron ore mines in the world. An eye-catching sight for visitors is the gigantic iron ore trucks with loads of up to 170 ton. The ore railway line from Sishen to Saldanha had the distinction of being the longest iron ore carrier in the world.
Well equipped recreation facilities of the highest quality with a variety of sports facilities, including one of the most beautiful golf courses in the country and Olympic standard swimming pool, as well as modern club and conference facilities are available to the sports enthusiast.
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