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Silhouette Hiking Trail and Farm Holidays, Sutherland, Roggeveld, Great Karoo, Northern Cape.

See beautiful dolorite rock formations, the “maalvleisklip" (minced meat stone), rich floras and fauna – a paradise for botanists. There is a large population of dassies (rock hyrax) that attract predators such as black eagle.  Jackal, various cats, antelope, porcupines, hares, baboon, tortoises and a variety of birds can be seen.  Lichens appear in red, yellow and green masses.  There are several routes from which to choose:

•    Two-day Hike:  (13-km and 9-km).
•    Evening Hike (2-km), and
•    Night Hike

Mountain Bike Route: Circular route of 38-km begins at one of the Kara houses and winds through the Sutherland Mountains and passes though Sutherland itself. It passes though a beautiful valley on its return to Ezeljacht.

Farm Holidays:  Facilities include:

•    Two overnight huts that can accommodate 11 each. One has a fireplace while the other has a Queen Anne Stove.
•    Braai facilities
•    Parking is available at the first hut
•    Braai wood is available

Places to visit in the area include

•    The Planetarium. Open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 09h00 and 15h00.
•    The birthplace of the author, NP van Wyk Louw.  The house contains other interesting facts about Sutherland. 

On the farm Ezeljacht (Donkey hunt). Sutherland is about 350-km from Cape Town. The South African Astronomical Observatory is east of the town.

Sutherland is on the R354 110-km north of Matjiesfontein, which is on the N1 northeast of Worcester, which is at the intersection of the N1 with the N15.  Pass through the town and follow the road to Williston. Turn west 15-km from town towards the farm Ezeljacht. Follow the road for a further 5-km. BFSilhouette

Contct:            Rudolf and Sunette Steenkamp
Box 168 Sutherland 6920
+27 (2392) ask for 3004 after 19h00

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Last update: 2014-02-15 20:09
Author: Alan McIver
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