SAAO Sutherland Night Tour 2022
The night tours are on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. When booking tours, you will be notified of your tour’s starting time.
People per tour:15
Fee: R120,00 per person
Children 6 – 11: R60
Children under 6: Free
Night tours allow visitors to view interesting objects in the night sky, through two dedicated visitor telescopes. Note that visitors cannot visit any of the research telescopes at night. Astronomy is a light-sensitive science and no lights are allowed on the plateau in the evenings, making it impossible to see anything at all.
The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes but may be cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. If the weather is bad, the guide will take you to the Visitor Centre for a movie in case it clears up later.
Tour fees go towards the SAAO’s education, public outreach, and socio-economic development programs. Tour bookings must be paid in advance – no payments will be accepted on-site.
Tour guides will meet you at the Visitor Centre at your scheduled time. If you arrive early please wait at the Visitor Centre for your guide. This is a secure site and all other buildings are off-limits to the public.
PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE UP THE ROAD LEADING TO THE DOMES. This is a “NO LIGHTS” research area where local and international astronomers are at work. The visitors’ telescopes are very near the Visitor Centre and not up on the hill.
VISITORS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN FACE COVERING OR MASK TO WEAR.
From 1 March 2022, all individuals over 12 years old will be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to gain access to the SAAO facilities in both Cape Town and Sutherland. This is in keeping with the NRF Guidelines which strive to provide a safe working environment for all employees.
Please note that we do not do tours on public holidays.
|Refund policy||No refunds|