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Stargazing is slowly becoming a very popular outdoor activity. The best place however for stargazing is in Sutherland, a tiny village in South Africa.

Stargazing in Sutherland - South Africa

Stargazing is slowly becoming a very popular outdoor activity. The best place however for stargazing is in Sutherland, a tiny village in South Africa.

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File:South African Astronomical Observatory (sutherland aerial view).jpg

This historic observatory was established to keep shipwrecks from littering the Cape of Good Hope

This historic observatory was established to keep shipwrecks from littering the Cape of Good Hope

Telescope at Sutherland - The tour guide told us that Sutherland has clear skies for 80% of the year, which is why they built the South African Astronomical Observatory there. We were clearly there in the other 20%.

Telescope at Sutherland - The tour guide told us that Sutherland has clear skies for 80% of the year, which is why they built the South African Astronomical Observatory there. We were clearly there in the other 20%.

My winter destination...beginning May is Sutherland! I have never been to Sutherland. So I am super excited to go star gazing with family

My winter destination...beginning May is Sutherland! I have never been to Sutherland. So I am super excited to go star gazing with family

Only a few hours’ drive from Cape Town is one of the coldest places in South Africa, Sutherland. As much as it may be known for its cold winters, it offers year-round warm hospitality, wide-open spaces, peace and quiet. With very little light pollution, it is known as the star-gazing capital of South Africa. Don’t miss the lamb shank at Cluster d’Hote restaurant.

Only a few hours’ drive from Cape Town is one of the coldest places in South Africa, Sutherland. As much as it may be known for its cold winters, it offers year-round warm hospitality, wide-open spaces, peace and quiet. With very little light pollution, it is known as the star-gazing capital of South Africa. Don’t miss the lamb shank at Cluster d’Hote restaurant.