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Good preliminary talk at reception centre , covers a deep subject , swiftly ! Patrick our guide... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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When in Sutherland, this is a must go. Even if you're not that into the astronomical sciences, it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Old Fraserburg Road, Sutherland 6920, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Although it was insightful to visit Sutherland, there is not much to do in the Town and restaurants are limited. Places in town worthy of viewing is not open for just a walk in...you need to phone contact persons to open up places of interest.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good preliminary talk at reception centre , covers a deep subject , swiftly ! Patrick our guide around the telescopes was amazing , not only in his knowledge but his presentation, a mine of factual explanation and great patience in explaining very intricate things !...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When in Sutherland, this is a must go. Even if you're not that into the astronomical sciences, it is really worthwhile to do the tour. It is presented at day time and during the evening, but please note that it fills up quickly and you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit was interesting but not very informative, as the luck of the draw would have it, we had an inexperienced guide which detracted from the experience. I am of the opinion that they could make a great deal more of this experience.

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This visit had been on my want to do list ever since I heard about them breaking ground in Sutherland. We planned to do the day tour and night visit but unfortunatley due to cloud cover the night tour was cancelled. Our day tour was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Claire S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We all enjoyed the tour, including teenage kids. It was interesting to learn about and see something ordinary people don't get to see often.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank OctoberSand
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For some reason you can only pay for the tour at the starting time p, now before. It is worth booking as it is very popular. The tour starts with a useful video of space dimensions and the principles of telescopes and astronomy. It makes...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ELane61
Reviewed January 7, 2019

We did a daytime tour and enjoyed it very much. The guide was friendly and patiently answered all our questions. It is really wonderful to see science in action. The only suggestion I can make is that the staff at the reception area should be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cluverd
Reviewed January 7, 2019

For our visit to the SALT, situated at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) a short car trip from the town of Sutherland, our guide was the charming and enthusiastic Pran who made the perplexing subject of astronomy accessible to our diverse group which ranged...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CaperStorm
Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

We took the day and night tour at SALT. The day tour was very informative and the highlight was the visit to the big telescope. The night tour was also interesting, but our timing was out as it was full moon. Staff was friendly. Tours...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from Neethling W | Reviewed this property |
Hi - wow my apologies!! Only saw the question now - was not aware of this function! Regards
July 11, 2018|
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Response from Peter S | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend Sterland, with Jurg as your guide for any stargazing in Sutherland. 2 nights minimum, as if the 1st night is overcast you still have a chance for the 2nd night. They do recommend winter as the best time to... More
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Response from Enid H | Reviewed this property |
It's possible to view telescopes with guided tours from Observatory.Unfortunately you will not see the stars through telescopes from here as the telescopes are collecting data. However, there are a couple of places in this... More