Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

SARAO is hosting its second Public Open Day on 6 November 2019 by taking members of the public to visit MeerKAT and the other radio instruments hosted on the site.

South Africa’s MeerKAT Radio Telescope, which is located in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape, is currently the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. In order to retain its world-class status, it is very important for MeerKAT to be shielded from radio frequency interference (RFI), which means human activity on the site must be restricted, and access to the site must be controlled.

However, to provide members of the public the opportunity to visit MeerKAT, and the other radio astronomy instruments located on the Karoo site, SARAO will be hosting up to three Public Open Days per year, during the government school holidays.

The next Public Open Day/s will be on: Wednesday, 6 November 2019


Please read and accept our Public Open Day Visitor Information and Terms and Conditions in order to proceed to our online booking form.

No public visits to the site will be accommodated outside of the date/s above. 1. Duration of site visit: Approximately eight (8) hours, i.e. 08h00-16h00 2. Total capacity: Strictly 60 people per Public Open Day (Maximum 10 people per group booking) 3. Cost: R350 per person (includes return transport to the site, welcome refreshments, bottled water, a branded gift and an official group photograph, to be supplied electronically post-event)