About SALT Observatory

The biggest reason why anyone would visit the little Karoo dorpie of Sutherland lies 18 km outside the village in the direction of Fraserburg.


On this arid hilltop you'll find the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere – SALT (Southern African Large Telescope). With zero light pollution and cloudless night skies, these enormous telescopes probe the stars, planets and galaxies.


Guided tours take place Monday to Friday at 10:30 and 14:30, and Saturday at 11:30 and 14:30. Bookings are essential.

Directions to SALT Observatory

From Sutherland the Observatory is 18 km in the direction of Fraserburg.
Telephone:
023 5712 436 [email protected]
Website:
www.saao.ac.za/about​/visting/sutherland
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Reviews for SALT Observatory

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Brentia Shaw
18 May 2015

Quite spectacular. Informative and well presented by knowlegeable and friendly staff. Thoroughly abused the green screen booth!

Shiralee Swan
05 May 2015

Informative.

Jilly Stewart
20 April 2015

A most incredible experience. The day tour was very informative and interesting and the night tour was something I'll never forget, but hope to repeat at sometime.

Jane vandenberg
23 December 2014

Well run and extremely informative guides.

Marinda Janse van Rensburg
06 December 2014

Interesting.

Marinda Janse van Rensburg
06 December 2014

Interesting.

Karen De Kock
29 September 2014

Definitely worth a visit, book in advance the day or night tour, cash or card.

Catherine Grant-Smith
11 April 2014

Excellent day tours which introduce you to SALT plus the star gazing night tours are highly recommended.

Uwe Auer
13 December 2013

Very impressive telescope, and fascinating work that is going on there.

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SALT Observatory Map

SALT Observatory is 16km from the centre of Sutherland , the nearest airport 251.5km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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