SAAO - South African Astronomical Observatory

Sutherland Activities

Drawing of SALT by local Sutherland artist

Activities in Sutherland are still under development but being the most popular of the 3 towns, tourists will not be short of activities. The South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) is just outside of Sutherland and this is home to the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT).

Official tours to the facility can be arranged through the SAAO (023 571 2436) or visitors can simply be escorted around the facility by a community tour guide - in other words, you can take pictures and the guides will hand you information on SALT/SAAO, but they are not equipped to give official guided tours yet (contact the tourism office for bookings 023 571 1265).

Guides from the community will also escort you to attractions around the town. See for more information.

Sutherland Contact Person: Allistair Gibbons (023 571 1265 or hooglandtourism(at)