Welcome to Sutherland
Surrounded by the Roggeveld Mountains, Sutherland is an attractive Karoo dorp (village) with sandstone houses, a 19th-century church and gravel side streets. Perched at about 1500m above sea level, it’s the coldest place in South Africa and snow carpets the ground every year. The clear skies combined with the minimal light pollution found in Sutherland’s remote position make the area perfect for stargazing. The boffins agree: SALT (Southern African Large Telescope), the southern hemisphere’s largest single optical telescope, is 14km east of town.
Other than stargazing, there's a 145km self-drive botanical tour, covering both the Roggeveld and lower Tankwa Karoo. The area enjoys an annual wildflower bloom similar to the one that carpets nearby Namakwa.