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Outdoors family activities

3 Dec

Outdoors family activities

Horse riding and plenty of outdoor activities at Sutherland

At Blesfontein Guest Farm Guests can feed the farm animals, enjoy the living, working farm life and best scenic views of the Roggeveld /Tankwa area.

Guests can go on  game drives, enjoy mountain-bike rides, long walks and stargazing.
On warm days Blesfontein also has a reservoir to cool down in.

For the kids there are pony or horse rides (adults welcome too!)

And of course evenings you can enjoy the Karoo air and some sun downers at the escarpment at Blesfontein Guest Farm.
a Picture Perfect view.

Bird-watching

The Succulent Karoo is one of two Southern African regions designated as biodiversity hotspots by Conservation International, making the Karoo an essential destination for birders. The Succulent Karoo biome known as the Tanqua Karoo, named after the river cutting through that region, is considered by experts to be among the finest for bird watching, especially in spring when the vegetation comes to life, with nest-building, raising chicks and displaying.

4×4 Routes , Hiking and Bike Trails

Blesfontein Guest Farm 4×4 , Hiking and Biking Trails   (28km – outside of town on the Bo Visriver road)
A number of 4×4 routes have been established in the district, often on farms which also offer other outdoor activities.  
Blesfontein Guestfarm has grade 1 – 2.  –  4×4 route (for the whole family)

Hikes and new mountain bike trails and sports a variety of fauna and flora.

Skurweberg Guestfarm have accommodation and a camping terrain.  

Various very good 4×4 routes available.

Not for the faint hearted.  (40 km outside of town on the Bo – Visriver road.)

Stofkraal also have 4×4 routes, hihking and biking trails. 

Camping and various guest houses available. (35 km out of town.)

The Silhouette Hiking Trail on the farm Ezeljaght

Silhouette Hiking Trail is a must for all the hiker enthusiasts , The Silhouette Trail is a two-day circular trail on the farm Ezeljaght, 22 km from Sutherland. It is family-friendly, with the first day 13km and the second 9km. It was laid out in 1996 by Prof. Leon Hugo, the developer of the Green Flag accreditation system for hiking trails, and winds between outcrops of dolomite rocks which give the trail its unique flavour.

Fossil experience in and around Sutherland

Jaco will amaze you with his fossil exhibition and lecture at Sterland.

On offer is a small geological and palaeontological exhibition of the Beaufort Group of the Sutherland area. 

Fossils from this group and geological samples on display explain the ancient floodplain setting of the Permian era in the Karoo some 260 mya.

It also illustrates how the mammal-like reptile animals that inhabited this area first, evolved. Then,  Jaco, our guide, take you through the history of our local veld with various tours  – 1 ,2 or 3 hour fossil hunt walking tours just outside Sutherland.

There you go on a fossil hunt and expand your knowledge on the palaeontology of the magical Karoo.

Another Fossil experience is available – from Sutherland to Fraserburg. Marthinus, our other guide, will meet you , after a circular driving route, about 110 km to Fraserburg, and he will show you the dinosaur footprints. You will truly enjoy. 

Bookings are essential! Contact Discover Sutherland.

Roggecloof is a private bio nature reserve, 25 km outside of town, towards Matjiesfontein.

Various hiking and biking and game drives available, only for in-house guests. Requests can be made at : info@discoversutherland.co.za

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