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Address: Observary Rd | South African Astronomical Observatory, Observatory 7935, South Africa
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A most interesting worthwhile visit

A highly recommended visit to this observatory which is quite a bit off the beaten track! Literally, as it takes a good 144km on a decent dirt road to get to Sutherland! A short... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2017
Maresa G
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Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

A highly recommended visit to this observatory which is quite a bit off the beaten track! Literally, as it takes a good 144km on a decent dirt road to get to Sutherland! A short video that brings to realization how big our universe really is, precedes our short tour through the very informative and interactive exhibition. Thereafter the guide takes... More 

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Nelspruit, South Africa
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11 reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2016

Wonderful experience! The staff were friendly, happy to answer all questions and very professional. The tour takes you right into the inner workings of the telescope which was an amazing surprise.

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Thank Nicola G
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

SALT is based close to the town of Sutherland. Remarkable as SALT is and the technology that is used and its capabilities. We were disappointed at the visitors center bland by the least, for the amount of money spent on SALT they need to revamp it in order to meet the increasing tourists as well as local visitors. The store... More 

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Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 20 May 2015

well worth it and must be so exciting to visit Sutherland in the winter, cant wait...SALT was everything we expected and more, definitely a bucket list visit which can now be ticked off, delightful.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2015

Went to an open night they were holding at the observatory. Had a nice little lecture and then had the chance to look through some of their telescopes. It was okay but I some how expected more. I would recommend that you check it out, but go with an open mind and don't expect too much.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 25 December 2014

Go a little bit earlier since there is a interactive area with a photobooth, activities and fossils to investigate and enjoy. The tour was very informative.

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Melkbosstrand, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 November 2014

We visited SALT, just the right thing to do when you visit Sutherland. You pay a minimal fee of R40pp then you can visit the exhibition and visit with a guide the South African Astronomical Observatory (SALT). Magnificent thing to see. You cannot believe it cost $32 million to build years ago. They have other country’s telescopes on site e.g.... More 

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Rayton, South Africa
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

While visiting Sutherland we decided to visit SALT. Being from Gauteng we are not used to this extreme cold, but what an experience. We arrived outside the official tour times but were allowed to do the tour on our own which we really enjoyed. To experience such clean crisp air was fantastic. As we were walking up to where the... More 

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