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How to get to HartRAO from Sandton


Turn left from the William Nicol Road onto the Witkoppen Road (R564) just before the Fourways Mall.

Immediately after the Fourways Mall turn right onto Cedar Road, which becomes Rietvallei Road. Continue until a T-junction is reached.

At the T-junction with the Lion Park Road turn left then immediately right. This road flies over the N14 / R28. You will reach a T-junction, which is the R512.

Turn right onto to the R512 at the T-junction and pass Lanseria, continuing for 18km to the T-junction with the road from Pretoria / Pelindaba to Broederstroom / Brits, at which you turn left.

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