SALT Observatory

9 Guest Reviews
9 Customer Reviews


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.

This place was added by Sutherland Guest House


From Sutherland the Observatory is 18 km in the direction of Fraserburg.

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Customer Reviews

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

Brentia Shaw
South Africa

Good - Informative.

Shiralee Swan
South Africa

Good - 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.

Jilly Stewart
South Africa

Well run - Well run and extremely informative guides.

Jane vandenberg
South Africa

Nice - Interesting.

Marinda Janse van Rensburg
South Africa

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Accommodation near SALT Observatory

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R400
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 10 Sutherland Guest House in Sutherland
15.75km from SALT Observatory

Andromeda is a large family home, simple but tastefully decorated. Situated in Sutherland the house ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Karin's Cottage

Sleeps 8 Sutherland Self-catering in Sutherland
15.79km from SALT Observatory

Karin's Cottage is located on the small Karoo town of Sutherland, famous its dramatic landscapes and...

from R560
1 night, 2 adults

Sutherland Guest House

Sleeps 10 Sutherland Self-catering in Sutherland
15.82km from SALT Observatory

A four-bedroom guest house with countryside charm and atmosphere. Perfect accommodation for up to 10...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

The Artists Cottage

Sleeps 5 Sutherland Self-catering in Sutherland
15.91km from SALT Observatory

The Artist's Cottage is situated in the centre of the little town called Sutherland. It is one of th...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Alpha Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 4 Sutherland Self-catering in Sutherland
15.97km from SALT Observatory

Alpha Bed and Breakfast offers a two-bedroom, en-suite apartment with stone walls in the charming Ka...

from R840
1 night, 2 adults

Sterland Baroe Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 6 Sutherland Self-catering in Sutherland
16.04km from SALT Observatory

Sterland Baroe Bed and Breakfastt is ideal for four to six people travelling together. The cottage ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

The Galaxy

Sleeps 6 Sutherland Self-catering in Sutherland
16.06km from SALT Observatory

The Galaxy is a beautiful Victorian stone cottage situated in Sutherland, 110 km north of Matjiesfon...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

The Whitehouse Inn

Sleeps 21 Sutherland Lodge in Sutherland
16.12km from SALT Observatory

The Whitehouse Inn is a historical building, built in 1905, offering travellers a variety of accommo...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Kambro Kind B & B

Sleeps 17 Sutherland Guest House in Sutherland
16.16km from SALT Observatory

Kambro Kind B & B is situated in Sutherland, which is the coldest place in South Africa, you get th...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 2 Sutherland Self-catering in Sutherland
16.16km from SALT Observatory

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