By South African standards, Sutherland is bitterly cold in winter. It lays claim to the coldest winters in the country. The mercury plunges well below zero at night, sometimes as low as -16 degrees Celsius, and the area gets heavy snow several times each winter.
In their characteristically enterprising way, Sutherland locals have turned their town’s extreme winters into an attraction. Tourists are drawn back time and again to their warm-hearted Karoo hospitality in guesthouses with roaring log fires. They experience jaunts in the snow and see the normally harsh Karoo landscape transformed and softened by snowfall.