Due to Level 3 lockdown, all tours are suspended until further notice.

Drive-through tours will once again be open from 22 June 2021.

Please email or phone 076 900 0308 if you have any queries regarding bookings and tours for Sutherland. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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