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An Astronomy & Astrophotography night tour

Join this private guided night tour to Sutherland in the Karoo — home of the South African Astronomical Observatory.

These tours run over 14 days, either side of the new moon to ensure the best stargazing. They include overnight accommodation in Sutherland.

The small Karoo town of Sutherland is world renowned among astronomers for it crystal clear night skies year round where you will see stars as you have never seen them before. Many astronomy research centers from around the world have set up their telescopes here. This is one of only a handful of astro-viewing research centres in the world.

On this one-night, two-day trip, we will: • Drive from Cape Town through the Karoo to Sutherland — Stay overnight in Sutherland, and experience the delightful Karoo hospitality •Do night sky viewing of galaxies, stars, planets and more, through powerful telescopes •Learn how to take amazing astrophotos with your DSLR cameras – such as star trails around the south pole and star-motion time lapses •Visit the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the largest optical telescope in the world •Learn how to identify stars in the Southern night sky •Experience the unique Karoo countryside



9 hours


4-5 days either side of the new moon.


Cape Town


All weather tour. We generally don't run the tour in the winter months as it is often below freezing at night in Sutherland.

What to Wear:

Comfortable warm clothing

Things to bring:

Money for food & drink. Camera gear

Guests or Spectators:

Only paying guest allowed.
Inclusions & Exclusions


Pick-up from your accommodation in Cape Town Private tour vehicle Professional guide Accommodation in Sutherland All permits & entrance fees Astro photography software


Food and drink Photographic gear

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