A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Sutherland, South Africa
Sutherland is situated in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. Known as the “Gateway to the universe”, Sutherland is the Land of snow and stars and is famous for its Observatory and crisp, pure fresh air.
The town was established in 1855 with everything focused around the Dutch Reformed Church, today it is mainly a sheep farming area.
Accommodation in Sutherland
Accommodation in Sutherland includes Guest houses, B&B's, Self-Catering chalets and farm stays. Please see the accommodation directory for more information on places to stay.
Activities in Sutherland
Sutherland is well known as an extremely cold place and for having the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a telescope so powerful that one could see a candle flame on the moon.
Another interesting fact about Sutherland is that the growing of tulips in South Africa was pioneered by Rev M B Brink here. In 1925 he arrived in Sutherland during a snowstorm. Having studied for several years in Holland, he immediately realised the climate in Sutherland was similar to Holland, therefore ideal for growing tulips! Today tulips are mainly cultivated in Sutherland to produce bulbs for the market.
When visiting Sutherland you do not have any choice but to walk the amazing veldplant route of either 3 or 12 km just outside town. On route all the plants are numbered and presented in an A5-booklet with botanical names and short description of each plant together with a digital photo. The most ideal time where the most flowers are in bloom, is August to October.
There is an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts and yoke pin coarse provide the sport activities. Please see our activities directory for more information on things to do in Sutherland.
Restaurants in Sutherland
There are many restaurants on offer to suit every visitors budget. There is a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from!
Sutherland has a thriving business community and provides a wide range of goods and services to its residents and holiday makers.
Photos courtesy of Sutherland Tourism.
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