During the lockdown period in 2020, the property was purchased and redeveloped by Schalk Shepherd. When it was decided to relocate the Bar, a BOREHOLE (BOORGAT) was discovered, right in the middle of where the current Bar is situated. A BOREHOLE (BOORGAT) is a symbol of Hope for people, animals and plants. Not just in the drought stricken Karoo, but all around South Africa and throughout the world.

Schalk’s wish for this establishment, which situates in one of the coldest towns in South Africa, is that it will re-unite old friends and build new friendships. A place where we wish that people will gain Hope and cherish the simplicity….for something as obvious as WATER. Thus, the name……BOORGAT.

More About Sutherland

The town of Sutherland was established on the farm, De List in 1855. The large Dutch Reformed Church, in the centre of Sutherland, was built in 1899. Sutherland is also the birth town of the famous South African Poet, NP van Wyk Louw. Major economical activities in Sutherland originate mainly out of tourism and sheep farming.

Sutherland also hosts the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the largest single optical telescope in the Southern Hemisphere. Sutherland’s arid climate and remote location 1,450 metres (4,760 ft) above sea level makes its night skies among the worlds’ clearest and darkest. When visiting the South African Astronomical Observatory, look out for Salpeterkop, an extinct volcano, which erupted 66 million years ago (and also the last active volcano in South Africa, South of the equator).

This Town is one of the coldest in South Africa with snowfall and extreme temperatures during the winter months. Snowfall is common in winter with an average rainfall of 170 mm to 300 mm.
On 12 July 2003 the lowest temperature in Sutherland was recorded as -16.4 °C.

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Restaurant Reservations & Accommodation Bookings

For reservations at the Restaurant or bookings at our accommodation, kindly contact Dolla
Tel: 079 828 7867



For ultimate relaxation, please give Bruce a visit a the Boorgat Bar