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The Best Stargazing in the whole wide world

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Stop At: Southern Africa Large Telescope, Old Fraserburg Road, Sutherland 6920 South Africa

We depart Cape Town mid morning and drive north to Sutherland. We will have lunch en route. We overnight in Sutherland and do guided astro-viewing through powerful telescopes. We can do optional astrophotography overnight if you have bring your DSL camera. The following morning we'll tour the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) and the space-age research telescope zone and then head back to Cape Town with a number of optional sightseeing stops en route. You'll be back in the City by evening.

If the weather looks like it won't be suitable for stargazing (very seldom in Sutherland) - we should know this a few days beforehand from the weather forecast and can then either reschedule the tour or refund you in full.


Duration: 12 hours
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We can pick you up from your accommodation anywhere in Cape Town and drop you back there at the end of the tour.
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Duration
24h
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) in Cape Town only
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Entry/Admission - Southern Africa Large Telescope
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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The dark sky conditions were excellent for stargazing. I've done stargazing before but never with such a stunning backdrop of the Milky Way. Callan was knowledgeable about local history and geography, and was very helpful. The farm we stayed in was beautiful and quaint, and
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Response from Navigator823999, Owner at The Best Stargazing in the whole wide world
Responded May 21, 2019
Hi it was really good to be able to show the beauty of the star-covered Karoo at Sutherland. Please note the telescopes on top of the hill are part of the South African Astronomical Observatory and are not open at all to the public at night for star-viewing - they are purely for academic use. There are the ones we used as well as another set of telescopes operated by the SAAO (not up on the hill) which are open on some nights. Both sets of telescopes are open to the public and are of the same optical strength. You shouldn't be too disappointed as even using super powerful telescopes distant stars will still appear as small colored lights - they are just that far away. It is still way better than viewing them with the naked eye. Unfortunately the timing was bad to see Saturn and Jupiter when we were there as they are very impressive through those telescopes :) The astrophotography was good tho!
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  • Duration: 24h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English
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