Sutherland is situated in a remote region of the country. This Northern Cape Karoo town is not located on a major highway. A little more than 100 kilometers from the N1 and a simple "sho’t left" at Matjiesfontein. Then, simply follow the winding road through the desolate and dramatic landscapes of the Karoo, which will lead you up, up, and up to the top town. Sutherland is an ideal weekend destination for couples, families, and off-the-beaten-path tourists, as it is approximately four hours by car from Cape Town. Once in town, orienting yourself won't take long (in fact, there is only one long, tarred main road and a few dusty side branches that seem to melt into the horizon; it would be difficult to get lost). Despite the town's small size, there are approximately 40 guesthouses, five restaurants, and three grocery stores on the main road.
Obviously, you're not only here to eat and sleep; you also wish to explore Sutherland. Your initial destination will likely be In the southern hemisphere, the Sn African Large Telescope is the largest single-optical telescope. The actual telescope consists of a primary hexagonal mirror measuring 11 meters in width and 91 individual hexagonal mirrors measuring 1 meter each. ALT. In the southern hemisphere, the Southern African Large Telescope is the largest single-optical telescope. The actual telescope consists of a primary 11-meter-wide hexagonal mirror composed of 91 individual 1-meter-wide hexagonal mirrors. As you walk through the facility on a day tour, you will learn all of the technical details regarding the telescope's operation. At nightfall, indulge in some local cuisine (be sure to try the renowned Karoo lamb), and then gaze at the stars; stargazing is a must while you are in this area. There are multiple options for viewing the night sky: you can go on night tours at SALT (using visitor telescopes) or stay in town and join Jurg Wagener or Dave O'Rears on private tours. If you are staying a bit outside of town, Nicol van der Merwe at Blesfontein can also discuss the wonders of the universe with you. In winter, when temperatures fall below 0 degrees Celsius, it is important to dress warmly. During the winter, all visitors hope for snow, as seeing Sutherland covered in a white blanket of snow is an unforgettable experience. And while it does snow in the winter, it is not a daily occurrence; in fact, it can be quite unpredictable. Summers are typically quite warm but always moderate. Spring brings flowers and blossoms to the roadways. Nonetheless, stargazing is magnificent in every season.
The town of Sutherland is not young. In fact, the town's origins date back to the 1800s, and the town's rich history is evident when exploring the area. During your stay, you can learn more about this historical period. A church tour is a requirement. You can also visit the Louw House Museum, where NP van Wyk Louw was raised before he became one of the literary giants of Afrikaans.
The tranquility of the Karoo is likely to be one of the things you remember most, as it is extremely quiet here. The farmers' existence is replete with wide-open spaces and quiet. We suggest taking the time to experience life. Visit farms and learn about seasonal sheep migration, sheep shearing, and Karoo agriculture.
Article Courtesy of www.sahistory.org.za/place/sutherland-northern-cape