Sutherland – We took a drive through to this small town just on an hour away, known to be the coldest in the country and home to SALT, South Africa’s Large Telescope.

Living up to its reputation, it was freezing even in the middle of the day. The sun deceptive as the cold wind bit through my ineffective layers. It had rained the night before, unusual for this part of the Karoo, and puddles of water and a green tinge on the ground, together with an omninous sky, made for an eery setting.  The streets were quiet with hardly a car or pedestrian. One would be forgiven for conjuring up scenes from a wild west movie ….

We walked, explored and visited the various stores. I could own property here and escape for weekends that involved nothing but the quiet to read and write. There are numerous guest houses and restaurants, please consider an overnight here to take in the ambiance of the town and the best stargazing you could hope for. Discover more about Sutherland here. 

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