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 would like to visit and see what SAAO researchers do, we invite you to select one of the tours below. Please note that we cannot accommodate visitors who have not booked online for the tours.
For any tour related queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact +27 23 – 571 2436 during office hours on Mondays to Fridays. Please note that due to limited number of staff on duty, the office is only contactable via email on Saturdays.
Our office hours are:
Monday – Friday 08h00 – 16h00
Saturday 09h00 – 14h30
We are closed on public holidays.