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How to get to HartRAO from Johannesburg and Roodepoort via Hendrik Potgieter (M47)


From central Johannesburg travel westwards via Kingsway - Perth Road - Main Road - Ontdekkers Road towards Florida / Roodepoort.

From southern Johannesburg take the N1 north and the Gordon road offramp - turn left then first right onto Hendrick Potgieter.

Turn right into Hendrik Potgieter (M47 - Little Falls Road). Continue on the M47 past the Florida Hyperama to the intersection of the M47 and R28/N14, about 14 km after the Hyperama. Carry straight on, past the Sasol Pinehaven garage on the N14.

Follow the N14 for 10 km to a T-junction at the Oaktree garage. Turn right and when the road forks after 1 km, go right towards Hekpoort on the R563.

Pass the Sterkfontein and Greensleeves turnoffs. Eight km after Oaktree, pass the turnoff on the left to Magaliesburg / Maropeng.

0.6 km later turn right onto the R400 road to Broederstroom. The Broederstroom sign is missing, but there is a brown T7 sign. Continue for 10km.

Do not enter the TELKOM Earth Station which is about 3 km before Hartebeesthoek HartRAO/SANSA site, coming from the Krugersdorp side. The entrance to the TELKOM Earth Station is not signposted, but there are three satellite dishes around a blue-roofed building close to the road at its entrance.

The entrance to the HartRAO / CSIR-SANSA site is on the left-hand side at the 34 km marker. There are signs "Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory" and "HartRAO" behind the fence to the left of the entrance, and "SANSA" to the right of the entrance.

Once on the HartRAO/SANSA access road, drive 3 km down into the valley. After 1 km you will pass the SANSA's Space Operations Directorate on the right. HartRAO is at the end of a steep descent into the valley.

Here is a map in pdf format.

Note that all visits must be booked in advance.

Need more Information?

For more information, phone 012 301-3100 in normal working hours
or fax 012 301-3300
or e-mail the science awareness team at: aware@hartrao.ac.za