The origins of the farm and dark sky reserve Rogge Cloof (meaning rye ravine) date back to 1756, when Joachim Scholtz, the son of German and Nordic immigrants to Africa, acquired the property. Since then over more than 250 years, various owners have loved, nurtured and developed these hostile lands enduring lions, droughts, snow and freezing winds. Located at an altitude of between 1400 to 1700 metres, Rogge Cloof hosts magnificent clear skies and expansive plains.
Rogge Cloof is located in the Roggeveld (Afrikaans for "rye field"), a plateau located in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape, South Africa.
The name comes from wild rye which was once plentiful in the area. The Roggeveld Mountains, lying west of the plateau in the Northern Cape, are named after it.
The range forms the western escarpment of the eponymous Roggeveld plateau and separates it from the lower-lying Tankwa Karoo to the west. Its highest peak is Sneeukop (1739 m), situated northwest of Sutherland and to the southwest lies Salpeterkop (1727 m), a very distinctive conical mountain to the east of town which is visible for kilometers.
This is an extinct volcano – the southernmost volcano and presumably the last volcano in South Africa to have been active. In the Roggeveld lies the famous Star Plains located exclusively on Rogge Cloof.
*Banner Photos: Miss Wormwood (Mona) in the Snow by Samantha Rouse; Springbok & Milky Way by Craig Fouche Photography.