Sutherland Overview Information

The small town of Sutherland in the Northern Cape is some four hours' drive from Cape Town and is 2000m above sea level. Close to the town is the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), which is the national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa. The observatory is placed here because of the almost perfectly clear skies the town is famous for.

 The town is in the heart of the Great Karoo and well off the beaten track. The nearby Roggeveld Mountains are frequently covered with snow in wintertime, and the town can be the coldest place in South Africa.

Sutherland is reputedly the most southerly place where a diamond has been found in South Africa, and old diamond diggings can be seen in the area. Just to the southeast of the town is an eroded volcano named Salpeterkop, extinct for some 66 million years and now filled with sedimentary materials including saltpeter, hence the name.

Tourism Attractions in Sutherland

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The Whitehouse Inn
Sutherland Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge
The Whitehouse Inn caters for travellers who enjoy warm hospitality, hot summers and snowy winters. This historic building has been converted to offer travellers a variety of accommodation. We boast a fully licensed bar on the premises... Read more.
Blydevooruitsig Gastehuis
Sutherland Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow
Beautiful old stone house with all the modern facilities your heart desires. Electric gates give you access to property, with a double garage with direct access to house. Big open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge... Read more.
Blesfontein Guest Farm
Sutherland Self Catering Flatlet
Blesfontein is situated 28 km South West of Sutherland. We offer 9 fully equipped self catering units. Each self catering unit has an inside- and outside fire place for cooking or to enjoy the heat of a cosy kaggel fire in Winter... Read more.
The Velvet Olive 1881
Sutherland Self Catering Chalet/ Townhouse
Ideal for families wanting to share some time together or just getting to know each other again over a bottle of red wine, shared around a large kitchen table with the warmth of an old wood stove. The main house offers 3 bedrooms, two bathroom... Read more.