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Southern Africa Large Telescope

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Address: Sutherland Road, Sutherland, South Africa
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Well worth the visit

Our guide Willem, was knowledgable and a credit to SALT. The 1.5 hour tour for R60 is good value. The exhibits in the Visitors Centre were a little unloved but fine unless you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Caledon, South Africa
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Caledon, South Africa
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our guide Willem, was knowledgable and a credit to SALT. The 1.5 hour tour for R60 is good value. The exhibits in the Visitors Centre were a little unloved but fine unless you are really technically-minded or an astronomer! There is so much more up there on that mountain, than just the famous SALT. A truely international operation, benefitting from... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We booked for a 10.30 guided tour of SALT. The first inkling we had that this is a state run institution was when we were only allowed to check in at 10.30 (we had arrived at 10.20 and the officious lady told us it was too confusing to allow earlier check in ).She turned out to be the guide and... More 

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After checking into the Visitors Centre (pre-booking only) we were shown an interesting film giving a perspective of the sheer distances involved with space exploration. A very informative lady Guide then led 8 of us driving in convey to the telescope plateau on top of the world, almost 2000 metres above sea level. A quick driving tour around the several... More 

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The South African Large Telescope and Observatory are 14 km away up on a plateau and their visitor centre is worth a visit, even if you haven´t managed to secure one of the 30 places on the 2 fully guided day tours at 10.30 and 14.30 Mon-Sat for 60 R. You can however do self-guided tours on Saturdays at 8.00... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a really terrific experience...we started off in a conference room watching a video (strangely not about the facility or even the Southern hemisphere!) whilst our guide set up the two telescopes outside in an enclosed area for our tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and gave lots of info about planets, various stars and "shadows" which turned out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There's plenty to do in and around Sutherland, but this is one of the musts! We did the day tour, which turned out to be informative and interesting.

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Thank Saamiya A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting tour of all the telescopes, from 1960s to date. Friendly informative guide. Peaceful and quiet.

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Thank Vanessa G
cape town
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

They tour kicks off at the visitor cente where a knowledgeable guide walked us through the basics of celestial observations and the different technologies employed. a short but informative video showing scale from 1m resolution to galactic resolution put things into perspective quickly! two telescopes visited, with the crowning jewel and end of tour visit to the SALT telescope itself,... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

We visited two telescopes, different in technology and in size. The SALT telescope is interesting and you get to see and understand the complexity of the 92 mirrors, which have to be kept clean at all time. It is obviously better at night if you want to see the star system.

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Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The day tour was worthwhile, although the tour guide's knowledge was lacking once we scratched beneath the surface. The evening tour was extremely poor, with an unnecessary DVD played at start off followed by a perfunctory tour of a few objects in the night sky. Definitely less enthusiasm showed than Jurg, who we visited the evening before.

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