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.
A visit to the SAAO’s Sutherland facility in the Karoo is something that everyone should aim to do at least once in their lives. Whether you visit in the summer, when heat mirages shimmer in the distance and blend the earth and the sky together, or in the winter when temperatures plummet and the ground crunches underfoot, you will not be disappointed by the unspoilt splendour of the Karoo.
Here, SAAO’s major telescopes operate in some of the world’s best conditions for astronomy, on a hilltop 1 800 metres above sea level, near the small town of Sutherland. The site was chosen for its year-round clear skies, semi-arid setting, and absence of light and other pollution.
If you’d like to visit and see what SAAO researchers do, we invite you to book a tour below. Please note that we can only accommodate you if you have booked a visit – no unscheduled tours are permitted.