The Cederberg Astronomical Observatory

High in the Cederberg Mountains, 240km north of Cape Town, on the farm Dwarsrivier and the Sanddrif resort, lies the Cederberg Astronomical Observatory (19 deg 15′ E 32 deg 30′ S). Privately owned and a non-profit organization it is run by seven partners. The observatory has been in existence since the early eighties. Over the years it has developed into an amateur astronomer’s paradise.


On Saturday evenings at 8pm there is a +- 2 hours show and stargazing show where visitors get to view examples of celestial objects – planets, comets, nebulae, open clusters, globular clusters, planetary nebulae and galaxies. The show is free of charge, but it is customary to leave a donation of your choice. There are no shows during full moon or inclement . Viewing takes place outside at night so visitors should dress accordingly and bring a flashlight or headlamp.


If you are staying in the area, have some fun and strap on your bike lights and take a night ride to the observatory along the winding gravel roads.

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