Guided Tours in Sutherland are now open, please note only the following tours will be available:

Day Tours, Mondays – Saturdays 10:30 and 14:30, maximum of 12 people per tour including children

Evening Tours, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, maximum of 15 people per tour including children

All the other tours remain suspended.

SAAO offers fully-guided tours to the public twice a day, which include a guided walk through the Visitor Centre, as well as a guided tour of selected research telescopes including SALT.
Time:   Monday to Saturday: 10:30 and 14:30
Fee: Adults: R120
Children 6 – 11: R60
Children under 6: free

Tour fees go towards the SAAO’s education, public outreach and socio-economic development programmes. Tour bookings must be paid in advance – no payments will be accepted on site.

Tour guides will meet you at the Visitor Centre at your scheduled time. If you arrive early please wait at the Visitor Centre for your guide. This is a secure site and all other buildings are off limits to the public. In an emergency you may call 076 900 0308. For queries, please email

Public Holidays

On public holidays and Saturdays, basic tours start every hour, and include a self-guided tour of the Visitor Centre and a basic guided tour of SALT. No booking is required.

Note we are closed on: Christmas Day, Day of Goodwill, New Years Day and Good Friday.

Time:   09:00 to 15:00 (every hour on the hour)
Fee: Adults: R80
Children 6 – 11: R40
Children under 6: free