Sutherland is a world-renowned astronomical centre in South Africa. The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is situated on a mountain top 14km out of town and is known to be one of the best star-viewing destination in the southern hemisphere. Sutherland is also a great place from which to explore the Upper Karoo.
The town of Sutherland in South Africa's Northern Cape was established in 1855 when life centred around pioneer farmers and the Dutch Reformed Church.
The region continues to be a strong livestock-farming area – and an astronomer's delight. Visit here to experience the wonder of the stars, tuck into a classic Karoo dinner featuring slow-roasted lamb shanks or feel what it's like to be in one of the coldest places in South Africa on a crisp winter's day.
Sutherland's main attraction, however, is in the stars and its showpiece is the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) located on an elevated plateau 14km out of town, attracting visitors from around the world.
Another claim to fame this town has is that it was the most southerly place where diamonds were discovered in South Africa, and old diamond diggings can still be seen in the area.
For outdoor enthusiasts, there are an array of activities in Sutherland, including horse-riding and hiking.
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