The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Sutherland

Afrikaans name: Sutherland

Observatory at Sutherland

Astronomical telescopes in Sutherland

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Northern Cape

Sutherland was originally founded in 1723 when the Dutch Reformed Church established a church in the area to serve the needs of local sheep farmers.

The town is perhaps best known as the site for the South African Astronomical Observatory which is located near the town. The night skies are often clear and dark making the area a good choice for astronomers.

Sutherland is the coldest town in South Africa (although folks in Memel dispute this) and snow is common in winter.

The main farming activity in the area is still sheep farming. There are also a number of commercial activities related to tourism as Sutherland has become a popular place to visit.

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References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 49

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2014 - Page: 19

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 87

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 149

Of Hominins, Hunter-Gatherers and Heroes - Author: David Bristow - Published: 2019 - Page: 233

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 306

Getaway - Vol 24 No 04 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 78

Getaway - Vol 32 No 02 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 87

Getaway - Vol 22 No 12 - Author: - Published: 2011 - Page: 32

Country Life - Issue 187 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 30

Country Life - Issue 257 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 20

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 351

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 662 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 18

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 662 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 16


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