The biggest District Municipality geographically in South Africa
170km south of calvinia
Established in 1855 and named after a prominent Worcester cleric, Reverend Henry Sutherland, the town on the Roggeveld Plateau, 1 600m above sea level, is known for its brilliant night skies and cold, biting winters. Trekboers settled as early as 1746 in the area, built the thatch-roofed Tuinplaas Church and its antique pedal organ – still in use today! (The church is 50km along the Matjiesfontein road.) Birthplace of Afrikaans author and poet NP van Wyk Louw, the town is said to produce the finest mutton in the country is home to the world-renowned South African Astronomical Observatory.
Sutherland Tourism Tel 023 571 1265
Karoo Hoogland Municipality
Tel 023 571 1020 Fax 023 571 1089
Adventure Hiking, mountain biking, hunting and paragliding.
Dutch Reformed Church Built in 1898. In 1901, the town was taken by the British and graffiti by them are still legible in the church.
Graves Old Jewish and British graves as well as handmade gravestones. One British soldier has two graves!
Indigenous Flora The sterboom, olifantspoot (elephant’s foot), Daubenya Aurea and Secale Africanum, the wild rye from which the Roggeveld is named.
Louw House Museum Memorabilia of Afrikaans author and poet NP van Wyk Louw, WEG Louw, and Kariba and Cahora Bassa Dam engineer Dr Henry Olivier.
Open Africa Karoo Highlands route
Ouberg Pass ±45km on the Upper Fish River Road. Panoramic view of the lower-lying Karoo.
South African Astronomical Observatory
(See page 44)
4×4 Trails Skurweberg 4×4, in the Roggeveld Mountains. Tel 023 571 2728
Tel 023 571 1257 Fax 023 571 1232
Die Kliphuis Restaurant & Herberg
Tel 023 741 1870 Fax 086 673 3443
Tel 023 571 1405 Fax 086 650 8939 Cell 082 556 9589
Tel 023 571 1192 Cell 083 238 4204
Renoster Valley Guest Farm
Self-catering, sleeps 9 Tel 023 571 2780
Rooikloof Guest Farm
Tel/Fax 023 571 2607
Tel/Fax 023 571 1115
Sutherland Guest House
Tel 023 571 1257 Fax 086 511 2578 Cell 082 579 6238