Southern Africa Large Telescope
- Address: Karoo, South Africa, South Africa, Sutherland
- Phone: +27-235711205
- Tags: Observatory, Family And Kids
As the name rightly suggests, Southern African Large Telescope is an astronomical observatory in Karoo, South Africa. It is popularly known as SALT and is one of the largest single optical telescope in this region. It is being used since 2011 and the world is slowly recognizing its significance. You can take guided tour here to understand more about its functioning and how it was developed exactly. Visiting this observatory is something you should not miss. A treat for curious souls, this site will impress you with its technological developments. It will take more than three hours to explore the premises and every minute is worth it.
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Southern Africa Large Telescope Reviews & Ratings
The most amazing place to visit and watch the stars, galaxies and planets. We had a really fantastic time. SUPER cold so bring thick winter clothes.
Great brief tour of the facility with fascinating information about the history, capabilities and findings by SALT. If you go to Sutherland you HAVE to visit the facility. And visit the displays at the visitors centre as very informative. R80 pp (as at 2019) give you access to SALT with a guide AND the display at the visitors centre.
Tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The tour took us through the Sun and stars and ended in a visit inside SALT. It was a great experience and I will recommend it to visitors in Sutherland.
Displays were either turned off or not working. We were told to go through the displays, but it was dark in all the rooms. We turned the lights on ourselves. There was some sort of social gathering/party at a large hall about 20 meters from where we were viewing stars. The loud music and laughter and shouting was very distracting. Not a good experience and certainly not the same as a few years back. Would rather recommend a private guide in town for star gazing.
Display at reception is showing its age and needs maintenance. Tour to telescope was great.