Sutherland Planetarium

Sutherland Planetarium: Hours, Address, Sutherland Planetarium Reviews: 4.5/5

Sutherland Planetarium
4.5
Observatories & Planetariums
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
About
Sutherland Planetarium is located in the centre of Sutherland en route to the Southern African Large Telescope. It is the latest and only privately owned Digital Planetarium in South Africa. The planetarium is equipped with a Fulldome Pro DX4 system using a single revolutionary Fulldome Pro media server to power four Full HD projectors. The Projection dome is fitted with a Dolby Atmos 7.1 sound s
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Tiekie C
Pretoria, South Africa161 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Good video’s and informative but I battled to lower my seat/chair to enjoy the video’s to the full at the right angle
Written 9 January 2022
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Sarah V
Johannesburg33 contributions
Dec 2021
The process and service was good enough. But the content was juvenile.

I really think that people who have taken the time to drive all the way to Sutherland, whoes only attraction is the telescopes, know something about space and astronomy. At a planetarium we want to be wowed by special shots of nebula and galaxies, maybe even the twin star thing that Sutherland claims to be the first the see/figure out. We don't want to see a primary school level introduction to the our planets.

I would say this is not worth your time.
Written 7 January 2022
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Wells J
Cape Town Central, South Africa6 contributions
Nov 2021 • Family
Tatty second rate waste of time. The screening was out of focus, the dome was in need of repair. Commercial tourist money making tat
Written 30 November 2021
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I'm sorry that you had a bad experience at Sutherland Planetarium. We were aware that our screen was out of focus for about a week in November and one projector was malfunctioning for 3 days in December. We have recently replaced the faulty projector and restored focus. Building renovations started this week and will be done by Friday 10 December. This review was taken seriously; we strive towards offering tourists visiting Sutherland a unique and pleasant experience. Since this review the building was renovated, a new locally produced Planetarium film was added and an amazing new telescope eyepiece was added to ensure that all visitors have a pleasant visit.
Written 10 December 2021
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Doug E
Knysna, South Africa107 contributions
Sep 2021
We did the show in the dome, not live Stargazing. This was a good experience and well worth the R80.00 entrance fee. This is something you should do if visiting Sutherland, especially since there is not much else to do. The facilities need some maintenance and this should be a priority, especially in view of international visitors. Happy yo recommend it.
Written 1 October 2021
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Hi Doug, Thanks for the review. Yes, you are right about the maintenance. We had a harsh winter that left some bad water damage in our dome roofs. Since your visit we fixed the projection roof, the coffee shop roof is scheduled to be repainted in November.
Written 7 October 2021
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Dirk V
Cape Town, South Africa24 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
The planetarium is well worth the visit. You have to make time for this. The staff is friendly and there very nice coffee.
Written 5 September 2021
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9 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Star gazing a waste of time and over priced. Not much learned about astronomy. Looked at the moon, jewellery box, the Southern Cross, another constellation and Saturn.
I found the presenter boring and non-interactive with the audience. A waste of R130.00 per person. Rather go to Sterland.
Written 28 July 2021
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We regret that you had a bad experience at the Sutherland Planetarium evening stargazing session. This is an unusual comment; we are usually praised on the enthusiasm displayed by our presenter. We will investigate and make sure this does not happen again. Sutherland Planetarium did offer a full refund to the reviewer. PS: I see smartphone astrophotography was not listed on the evening’s activities. This is a unique experience that Sutherland Planetarium offers.
Written 16 August 2021
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Reinhard M
8 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Absolutely awesome. Alosiaan is so friendly and service is excellent. Willem is so knowledgeable and has a magic touch with those telescopes. Best Stargazing in town. These images is taken with my mobile phone through their scope. Willem's magic. Jewel box.
Written 28 March 2021
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Michelle L
5 contributions
Feb 2021
We were 4 adults and found the experience very interesting. To escape the weather we enjoyed the day show learning more about the stars and planets. At night we were fascinated during the star gazing "tour". Not once did we feel rushed. Highly recommended.
Written 19 February 2021
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Jill B
Durban, South Africa34 contributions
Feb 2021
Interesting but the films had too much information. Not an experience for which I would travel to Sutherland but worth doing if you are there. Provides air conditioned activity to do in the heat of the day.
Written 14 February 2021
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Sutherland Planetarium offers a wide range of shows (not all astronomy related).
Written 17 February 2021
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Michael Porter
Howick, South Africa8 contributions
Dec 2020
Very friendly, great coffee available in the lobby, and very informative. It was quiet because of Covid, but that didn't detract from the experience. The kids enjoyed it, although the bit about the SAAO was slightly too technical for them. But we would do it again.
Written 31 December 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sutherland Planetarium

Sutherland Planetarium is open:
  • Sun - Sun 08:00 - 11:00
  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
  • Mon - Sat 19:15 - 22:00
  • Sat - Sat 08:00 - 18:00