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How to get to HartRAO from Tshwane / Pretoria Central / West on the N4


These directions apply to the 'old' N4 that runs west from the city centre, on the south side of the Magaliesberg, not to the 'new' N4 north of the Magaliesberg. See the maps on this website.

From Tshwane / Pretoria travel west on the N4 towards Pelindaba. At the end of the toll road is a T-junction. Turn left and then right and drive past Pelindaba on the road to Broederstroom (R511). Drive past the the turnoff to Lanseria / Johannesburg, and proceed west on the R512.

About 2 km after Broederstroom, turn left onto the R400 road signposted to Hartbeeshoek. After 9 km a stream is crossed and a dirt road to Skeerpoort turns off to the right. Ignore this dirt road and proceed for a further 9 km on the tarred road to the SANSA / HartRAO entrance on the right-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