What do you do in a small town that is the coldest spot
in the whole country? What do you do once you need to
get out, when cabin-fever is upon you?
You go where your soul will get even more
soul-food! You go to the top of Verlatenkloof Pass,
Roggeveld Escarpmentor to watch the stars at midnight
from any vantage point. To get the heart racing you may
want to go up the Gannaga Pass which consists of a
single-track road that rises precipitously up through
700 meters of Roggeveld escarpment in a 6 kilometer
stretch of dramatic switchbacks, which may not suit the
fainthearted. You can even visit the Observatory to do
some serious star-gazing.
Let yourself go, breathe in the freshest, purest
air in the world. Be selfish for a change. Get your game
up to par on our 9 hole golf course, or use the tennis
courts for more vigorous activity. Relax with a walk on
any one of the numerous paths. Do what you normally
would not be able to do at home - RELAX!
For those who enjoy a bit of botany, a very rare
plant called Olifantsvoet can be found in the
Verlatenkloof Pass. The Sterboom which is only found in
this area is also a big attraction. In the Tanqua Karoo
National Park a very healthy Tylecodon Paniculatus or
Botterboom forest can be found. In flower season the
whole area is covered by nature's cloth - the most
beautiful flowers imaginable, including the beautiful
In the Tanqua Karoo National Park you should be
on the lookout for the Black Eagle, Klipspringers and
various other wildlife.
A huge variety of bird species is not to be
missed. Specimens like the Burchell's Courser, Namaqua
Sandgrouse and the Spike-heeled Lark will keep you
occupied for hours. A total of not fewer than 18 endemic
species make this area a birder's paradise.
"But what about the rest of us", I hear
you ask. Well, Sutherland, the town sports two big
general dealers, a co-op, liquor store, museum and the
Dutch reformed church which is the building the town was
For the more passive among us, you can rest
assured with the knowledge that Sutherland is proud to
have it's own hospital, police station, schools and a
rich religious culture.
So, why not come and relax in our midst? Yes, I
said relax, relaaaax. RELAX I SAID! There, that's
better. Now, how about some coffee with nice home-made
Maybe you would want to stay here permanently
after drinking in the hospitality, the clean air and
total restfulness of the area and it's people. Who
knows, you may even want to bring your friends here ...