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SALT Sutherland Observatory – something everyone should undertake at least once | Sutherland, South Africa

“Sutherland is situated around 360 km from Cape Town along the N1 and R354. The Sutherland road (R354) is opposite the Matjiesfontein turnoff (about 235 km from Cape Town). This beautiful road is long but work taking and leads you straight to the small town of Sutherland.”*

One of the attractions of this small town is well know SALT – The Southern African Large Telescope. The Sutherland Observatory is located around 14 km from Sutherland – beautiful 20min drive.

“A visit to Sutherland is something everyone should undertake at least once.”*

We visited in March but any time of the year is good (keep in mind it all depends on the weather) and we were not disappointed. Below a few reasons that you should visit too:

  • Location is beautiful. Unspoiled landscapes of Karoo will steal your heart; The Location was “chosen for its good weather, semi-desert setting, absence of light and other pollution.”*
  • The Major telescope is operating since 1970s on a hilltop 1800 meters above sea level so you can imagine THE VIEWS;
  • It’s a really interesting and educational experience;

  • SALT telescope is the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere and among the largest in the world;
  • You can enjoy Day as well as Night Tours;
  • It’s an opportunity to visit beautiful Northern Cape;


Dress Warmly evenings are cold there;

Stay for a few days and explore the area; accommodation suggestion – THE BLUE MOON – comfortable and great food;

Info and ticket prices you will find here

Please note that booking is essential! Unscheduled visits won’t be accommodated.


Images and Text by Patrycja @ Travel Opulent Box

*courtesy of SALT website 

Opinions are based on personal experiences. This in NOT a Sponsored Post. 

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