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Southern Africa Large Telescope

Sutherland Road, Sutherland, South Africa
+27 23 571 2436
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Star gazing

Excellent service from the staff - the guides were welcoming, friendly & very knowledgeable. My... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wendy B
via mobile
Freezing but fabulous

The guided tour was extremely interesting and the visitor centre is worth exploring. Sutherland is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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“day tour” (24 reviews)
“large telescope” (16 reviews)
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Sutherland Road, Sutherland, South Africa
+27 23 571 2436
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service from the staff - the guides were welcoming, friendly & very knowledgeable. My husband & I went on both the morning & evening tours. They are different but interesting in their own way

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The guided tour was extremely interesting and the visitor centre is worth exploring. Sutherland is not easy to reach, other than from the south, but SALT was well worth the effort. Unfortunately the night tour was cancelled due to snow and cloud earlier in the...More

Thank MarinaPearson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view is stunning for a start. The major telescope is magnificent and worthwhile a visit. Astronomers from the whole world are coming here to use/rent the facilities at SAAO to conduct a wide of research. Our guide explained the history of the place and...More

Thank Anette M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I expected to be bored by the lecture and mildly interested by the tour. Instead it was a really interesting video, talk, tour of some interesting displays and last but not least a tour of two of the telescopes including the main SALT. Recommend to...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose a day when the temperature was "quite nice" according to the locals. We had our warmest jackets on!! The full experience was really a special one. We stayed in Sutherland and pre-booked the tour for the morning and we were not disappointed. Payment...More

Thank ThaboCapeStFrancis
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Very informative would definitely recommend visiting. We went during the day will go at night next time.

Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We visited for only 1 night and had booked the tour long in advance. We booked the night tour which was good although freezing. However you did not learn anything about the actual telescope. This is only on the day tour. You do star gazing...More

Thank nickandsheree
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We booked a midday tour for our family. Our tourguide was really good, informative and cracked a few jokes with everyone. Take a camera or cell phone to take pictures of SALT and the surrounding area.

Thank Martin N
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Apart from a few delays in the start of the presentation and waiting for a few straglers who couldnt get through the parking barrier, this was an excellent place to visit. The quality of exhibits at the reception centre could be improved. Our guide was...More

Thank BoroBoy2014
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

NB. Closed on Sundays. Took the Monday morning tour and debated as to whether the late start to the next destination would be worth the trip to the observatory. A 10h30 tour that was expected to take 90 minutes. We finished 3 hours later and...More

Thank Trevor S
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9 July 2017|
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Response from SharonMac42 | Reviewed this property |
SALT gives you a tour of the telescope hourly but you cannot see the stars from there. There are local star gazers in Sutherland however have telescopes you can see the stars with. Jurg is one of the locals. Runs a camp site... 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