Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. August – May: 20h00; June & July: 18h00.
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. For queries, please email

NB: Please do not drive up the road leading to the domes. This is a “NO LIGHTS” research area where local and international astronomers are at work. The visitors’ telescopes are located opposite the Visitor Centre and not up on the hill. The visitors’ telescopes can only be accessed via the Visitor Centre.