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Southern Africa Large Telescope

Sutherland Road, Sutherland, South Africa
+27 23 571 2436
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The South African Large Telescope, located on a mountain about 15 km outside Sutherland on the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Colin S
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
via mobile
Excellent afternoon tour of SA Astronomical Observatory

1700m up in the Karoo, there is a scattering of telescopes including the SA Large Telescope. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MrsSeenitawl
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Wetherby, United Kingdom
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“day tour” (24 reviews)
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Sutherland Road, Sutherland, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The South African Large Telescope, located on a mountain about 15 km outside Sutherland on the Fraserburg road is a must see when in the area. The telescope is located alongside others owned by South Africa and other countries such as Japan, the UK, USA,...More

Thank Colin S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1700m up in the Karoo, there is a scattering of telescopes including the SA Large Telescope. The drive up there is a treat in itself and the views are breathtaking. You start the tour in the Visitor Centre where you’re talked though a small but...More

Thank MrsSeenitawl
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do visit the huge SALT telescope - check their website for time of tours, etc; but for stargazing you need to visit Jurg Wagenaar - the resident star expert. He has a number of big telescopes in his garden and first screens a short movie,...More

Thank Felicite F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived half way through a tour, so missed the first video part in the visitor centre. However, we joined the other cars to drive to the top of the hill for the visit to the actual telescopes. Fascinating how many countries have equipment there...More

Thank Annakatrine
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The star guides tried to make it work through the cloud cover... but they should have just cancelled the tourr.

Thank Clark K
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Reviewed 18 January 2018

I believe there is a private person who is much better than SALT we arrived at 7:45 for our 8:00 tour and waited till 9 o clock till,our guide appeared. There were about 30 of us and we saw 3 things, a blue star a...More

Thank Cathy W
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Reviewed 3 December 2017

Do not pass up this experience to see why Sutherland is on the world map. it is only 1 1/2 hours and is really interesting for adults and kids.

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

We took the standard afternoon tour The guide was excellent, clearly in possession of more knowledge than she dared baffle us with The first part was in the visitor centre and was very informative, before we headed up to the top of the mountain We...More

Thank HHH666Y
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 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
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

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
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Amanda2858
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
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PeetThabazimbi
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
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16 September 2016|
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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
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