Sutherland Stargazing Camp

If gazing at the stars sparks even the slightest interest in you, the Sutherland Camp will undoubtedly captivate your attention as you are taken through a celestial experience during your stay. Each of the camps is 2 nights in duration and as such both nights must be booked.

Where is the camp?

Located in the small and historic town of Sutherland in the Northern Cape, Sutherland has its roots dating back to 1855.

What to do at the camp?

This is a packed program of night star presentations.

The days can be spent exploring this historic little town or try some of these optional outings;

• Sutherland Planetarium – 076 909 8535
• Walking fossil tour to cave – +- 4 hrs – 082 556 9589
• Various cycle tracks and walks – 082 556 9589

What does it cost?

R 1900.00 – PER PERSON PER NIGHT (SHARING).

Single Occupancy – A 30% single supplement will apply.

Children – It is possible for one child under 9 to share with two adults – R900 per night.

When is the camp?

In 2020 we will have 4 camps, each is two nights long and both nights must be booked. The dates are;

  • Camp 1 – 30th June & 1st July.
  • Camp 2 – 2nd & 3rd July.
  • Camp 3 – 4th & 5th July.
  • Camp 4 – 6th & 7th July

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions;

  • Dinner and breakfast daily prepared by our in-house chef in our mobile Safari dining tent, gas heaters, card games and coffee / Tea are provided to make it nice and cosy. (lunch is for your own account in and about town – book early to avoid disappointment)
  • Tented accommodation in our mobile safari tents. Each tent has a DBL bed, electric blanket and down duvet with warm blankets for the chilly evenings, towels and facecloths, shower amenities and a bedtime turn down service with hot water bottles…
  • En suite toilet tent with chemical flush toilet (so the walk to the ablutions in the chilly evenings is not too far)
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate & rusks served to your tent every morning for wake-up service
  • Evening star gazing experience at STERLAND CAMPSITE (approx. 2 hours long) & a day tour of SALT (Southern African Large Telescope) also approx. 2 hours

Exclusions;

  • All drinks.
  • Lunches which are available in Sutherland.

What to bring along

  • Lots and lots of warm clothes.

  • Head torch.

  • Your sense of adventure.

Getting there

The closest significant airport is Cape Town, and expect to travel approximately 350km or 3hr 15m to the camp in Sutherland from Cape Town. The route heads north east along the N1 until you reach Matjiesfontein, where you will leave the N1 taking the R354 northwards to Sutherland.

Daily Programme

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Useful Information

  • Both nights of a listed camp must be booked and our tents can only accommodate a maximum of one child (under 9) sharing with parents.
  • The star gazing experience, our evening star gazing will be on the property of our camp site STERLAND STAR GAZING, this is open to the public however we have pre allocated our guests a space so no need to worry! This is a 2hr experience, firstly in the auditorium where host Jurg Wagener will introduce you to the area, the people and most importantly the stars and what to expect once outside in the Muisbos-Amphi theatre. Here he uses 5×11 inch (280mm) Telescopes to help identify and understand each thing you spot.
  • Our tour to SALT (South African Large Telescope) – the largest Optical Telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. SALT is approx. 15 kilometres from our camp site (self-drive) the tour is approximately 1 ½  – 2 Hours which is guided by a SALT representative, after the guided tour you are free to roam around the visitor centre before heading back to camp.
  • Ablutions, there are 2x female & 2x male ablutions on site (within 200m from the tents), both have showers and a toilet. Due to the extremely unpredictable weather we have been advised to make use of the showers during the day as often the water will be frozen in the water pipes from the night before, water starts flowing from midday again. You will have an en-suite chemical / porta loo at the rear of your tent (these are for the midnight emergencies for number 1’s only please…)
  • Breakfast and dinner this will be provided at the camp, as well as coffee (instant) and tea throughout the day & evening,  please feel free to bring along your preferred drinks (alcoholic & non) and snacks for the in between meals. Ice and glasses will be available at the camp. Please bring your preferred snacks/drinks from home as Sutherland town may be limited with supply and preference. Restaurants are available in town for lunch, make a booking to avoid disappointment.