SARAO Public Open Days

Registrations for the SARAO Open Day on Wednesday, 5 July 2023 are now closed.

Registrations for the Public Site Visit to be held on Wednesday, 5 July 2023, are now closed.

We thank everyone who has registered and look forward to hosting you.

Please keep an eye on this page for information about future dates for Public Site Visits.

For enquiries, email

General Information

  • All visitors to the NRF/SARAO Losberg Site (“the site”) visit these premises at their own risk.
  • All visitors are required to submit signed indemnity forms no less than 5 days before a Public Open Day. Bookings will not be confirmed until a signed indemnity form for each individual in a group has been received by SARAO. Instructions on how to submit a signed online indemnity form will be provided once you have completed and submitted the online booking form.
  • Transport, accommodation and subsistence costs to/from Carnarvon are for the visitor’s own account.
  • Visitors are required to report to the SASSA Hall, corner of Lang and Burger Street, Carnarvon at 08h00 on the day of the Public Open Day for registration.
  • SARAO will provide return transport for all visitors from the SASSA Hall to the site.
  • Transport to the site will depart at exactly 08h30 from the SASSA Hall on the Open Day.
  • Visitors may NOT drive their own vehicles to the site.
  • Due to the risk of radio frequency interference (RFI), visitors may NOT bring mobile telephones or digital cameras to the site. Visitors should lock these away in a vehicle before departure for the site.
  • Visitors can expect to return to the SASSA Hall at around 16h00 on the Public Open Day.
  • Please note that no money or paper documents will be handled on the day.​ Only participants who have paid their fees may accompany the tour. No payments will be accepted on the day.
  • Visitors are required to bring their own refreshments and a packed lunch, including cold drinks.
  • In the hot summer months, visitors are recommended to bring at least 1.5 litres of drinking water each. Please note that the water on the site is not drinkable.
  • There are no shops or facilities on the site where visitors can buy food or drinks.
  • There are no microwave ovens, cooking or braai facilities on the site.
  • Visitors are required to be completely self-sufficient with respect to food and drink during the Public Open Day.
  • Visitors should wear casual, comfortable clothing.
  • A hat and closed walking shoes are the minimum health and safety requirement when visiting the site. Visitors without these items will not be allowed to depart on the transport from the SASSA Hall to the site.
  • Visitors are advised to bring sunglasses, sunblock, lip balm, as well as a light jacket.
  • Please consult your preferred weather forecast website or app for the predicted weather before departing from your accommodation to the SASSA Hall. Summers in the Bo-Karoo can be very hot with berg winds, while winters can be very cold and windy.

Open Day for the MeerKAT radio telescope and SKA site visit set for 05 July 2023

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) will host another Open Day for 2023, aimed at allowing members of the public to visit the MeerKAT radio telescope and other instruments that are hosted on the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site.

The MeerKAT radio telescope, an array of 64 interlinked receptors, is situated 90km outside the Northern Cape Town of Carnarvon. The MeerKAT is a precursor to the SKA telescope, and will be integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1.

Details of the Open Day are as follows: 

  • Date: Wednesday, 05 July 2023

No public visits can be accommodated outside of the date above. New dates will be announced in due course.

  • Meeting point: SASSA Hall, corner of Lang and Burger Streets, Carnarvon
  • Duration of Tour: 08h00-15h00
  • Total capacity: 60 people (Maximum 5 people per group)
  • Price: R350 per person (includes return transport to site, welcome refreshments, bottled water and an official photograph supplied electronically post-event)

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

Please email if you have any queries regarding bookings.


SARAO Communications Unit