About Kathu and the surroundings:
Kathu was founded in the late 60′s early 70′s. Kathu is perfectly in between Upington and Vryburg with about a 2 hour drive to each. Kimberley is a 3 hour drive away. Kathu is home to one of the country’s most beautiful golf courses.
Activities and Attractions
Kathu is packed full of interesting activities for the whole family.
• Absailing and 4×4 routes
• Craft shops with locally made jewellery
• Game Reserve
• Khai-Appel Recreation Resort
• Kumba Sportsclub
• Mine Tour
Kathu offers a wide range of dining experiences.
• The Cocopan Guesthouse and Restaurants
• Namakwari Restaurant
• Tanamera Restaurant
• Bangala Steakhouse
• Albatross Restaurant
• Katexas Steakhous
Facilities of Kathu Inn:
24 hour reception
Housekeeping service daily
Bathroom with shower
Linen and towels provided
DSTV in all units
Pre-payments are not refundable under any circumstances if the cancellation occurs within 21 days prior to arrival date.
Cancellation 30 days prior forfeits 50% of deposits
Cancellation less than 10 days prior to arrival, a cancellation fee of 100% of the full accommodation package will be levied.
Changes to reservations will only be accepted in writing.
Kathu is a town in South Africa, and 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.
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The phrase “the town under the trees” was coined by an engineer working in the town in the early 1990 as part of a tourist marketing drive, together with the accompanying graphic. It was intended to be a marketing slogan. The meaning of the word “Kathu” has anecdotically 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 60’s early 70’s. Kathu is perfectly situated in between Upington and Vryburg with about a 2 hour drive to each. Kimberley is a 3 hour drive away. The magnitude of the open-cast mining operation at Kathu is difficult to describe, or even to portray on film, and visitors on guided tours never fail to be astounded by the sheer size of the operation and the equipment used to extract and transport the much sought after iron ore. Some of the world’s longest goods trains travel through inhospitable and rugged terrain carrying their valuable iron ore cargo from Kathu to the port at Saldanha Bay.