One night in Sutherland

One night in Sutherland

One night in Sutherland

Every year, for the last ten years Oscar and I have been driving down to Cape Town for Christmas. I love my December holidays at home. Long days next to my sister’s pool, balmy days in the wine lands and since last year we have a new tradition. A family camping trip.

This year we are doing the drive from Joburg to Cape Town in 2 days. We like to leave early here, drive the whole day then sleep off the 14 hours of driving when we get to my family. But not this year. We are going to drive through to Sutherland and spending a night there.

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by stars. Space. I need to know more. I have been wanting to do a tour of SALT in Sutherland for ages and this is the year. Did you know SALT do night tours? How cool is that? Here’s a little more information. Be sure to book in advance.

Booking details

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.

Day tours

Day tours can be done as fully guided tours or basic tours.

Fully Guided tours (Guided walk through the Visitor Centre as well as a guided tour of selected research telescopes including SALT)

Monday to Saturday: 10:30 and 14:30

Fee: R60,00 per person

Children 6 – 11: R30

Children under 6: Free

Hourly tours (Self-guided tour of Visitor Centre and a basic guided tour of SALT)

Saturdays and public holidays: 08:00 to 15:00 (every hour on the hour). Please note: the last tour ends at 16:00.

Fee: R40,00 per person

Children 6 – 11: R20

Children under 6: Free

Night tours

Night tours include the viewing of interesting objects in the sky through two dedicated visitor telescopes, a 16″ Meade and 14″ Celestron. Note that visitors cannot visit any of the research telescopes at night, not even SALT. Astronomy is a light sensitive science and no lights are allowed up on the plateau in the evenings making it impossible to see anything at all.

The tour can last about 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.

 

Fee: R80,00 per person

Children 6 – 11: R40

Children under 6: Free

 

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I am still looking for a guesthouse to book so suggestions welcome. Drop me a comment.

 

*Photos courtesy of SafariNow

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Dominique November 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Wow! What a great plan. I am going to have to put this on my bucket list.

  • Oz November 14, 2016 at 10:34 am

    i think this is going to be Lank Kiff 🙂

    • greenlydia Author November 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      I think so too 😉

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