The Best Stargazing in the whole wide world

Cape Town

Activity Description

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 during the 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 like you have never seen them before. Many astronomy research centres 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 astro photos with your DSLR camera – 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


ProviderCape Town Outside
DurationOpen Ended
When6-7 days either side of the new moon.
WhereCape Town
WeatherAll weather tour
What to WearComfortable warm clothing
Things to BringMoney for food & drink. Camera gear
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guest allowed.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and 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


R5000 per perso‍‍‍n if only single pax
R4000 per person for 2 or more in the group
(max six people)

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