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Southern Africa Large Telescope

Sutherland Road, Sutherland, South Africa
+27 23 571 2436
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SALT day & night tour

Great experience. I would personally prefer smaller groups. MUST BOOK AHEAD! Dress WARM in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Clanwilliam, South Africa
Telescope visit

Part of our motivation for our Sutherland visit was to go to the main observatory on the hill... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Sutherland Road, Sutherland, South Africa
+27 23 571 2436
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great experience. I would personally prefer smaller groups. MUST BOOK AHEAD! Dress WARM in winter. If you are lucky an astromener will lead the tour

Thank MadelynNieuwoudt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Part of our motivation for our Sutherland visit was to go to the main observatory on the hill outside Sutherland. This visit was most informative, as well as very interesting indeed. We started off with a short lecture about the solar system, and were then...More

Thank Cliffy455
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our reason for going to Sutherland - we found it very interesting. The tour was informative and learning about and walking amongst all the telescopes set up by various countries was fascinating.

Thank Soniad70
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour to take part in lots of info given about the Telescope and the smaller one around SALT, maybe just get a tour guide to speak proper English and, free WIFI inside the info centre, just be carefull about the entry stairs into the...More

Thank 1Francois1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bucket list item. Worth the long yrip from Gauteng. Awesome to know South Africa is involved in this and to see various countries involved.

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even though you can't get to see the telescope in motion, very investing hour and knowledgeable guide

Thank SharonMac42
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did very easy and convenient on-line booking for our two tours of the SAAO. The first for us was the night tour, when we spent about two hours viewing the absolutely clear, but star-filled night skies, under the guidance of two extremely knowledgeable young...More

Thank SailorTheo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed both day and evening tours--which are quite different since you visit the observatories during the day and do star-gazing at night. Recommend both! Had two different guides and both were excellent.

Thank KLHudsonValley
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We took both an afternoon and an evening tour, and found both of them really good. We had the fortune of an astronomer being present and he offered great insights too. The evening tour was run by a knowledgeable and friendly guide, and ended with...More

Thank miledarby
Reviewed 19 June 2017

On arriving at the visitors centre we were very disappointed to see the condition and quality of the displays on hand. I visited here 8 years ago and the exhibit, i am sure is still exactly the same. Seeing that SALT is a world famous...More

Thank surfergirl605
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9 July 2017|
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Response from Enid H | Reviewed this property |
It's possible to view telescopes with guided tours from Observatory.Unfortunately you will not see the stars through telescopes from here as the telescopes are collecting data. However, there are a couple of places in this... More
21 October 2016|
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Response from Alan C | Reviewed this property |
I did not do the evening tour as we wanted to go into SALT and see the actual telescope. If you go in the evening there are scientists working there so visitors cannot enter SALT. I would suggest you do the afternoon tour... More
16 September 2016|
Response from Gr00vy69 | Reviewed this property |
The weather at this time is usually quite warm, the days will be around 28 degrees celcius and the evenings much cooler around 10 degrees. I see you are from Somerset West, the weather isn't too different except for the... More