Did you know?
The Johannesburg Planetarium's projector originally came from the CIty of Hamburg, but the Zeiss factory modernised it for its new home.
If you find yourself in Johannesburg or Cape Town and have always been fascinated by the celestial objects in our galaxy and beyond, then visit a South African planetarium and journey into deep space without lifting your feet off the ground.
There are two wonderful planetariums where you can enjoy this experience: at Cape Town's Iziko Planetarium on Queen Victoria Street, situated in the beautiful Company Gardens, and at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Both planetariums are centrally located and are easy to find.
The planetariums in South Africa are Africa's biggest, and the Johannesburg planetarium is the second biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. Both offer mind-expanding shows to the public, as well as astronomy lessons. Educate yourself about star constellations, the movements of the planets, the wonders of the southern skies and the extraordinary deep sky objects that have been discovered in our universe.
Powerful projectors, which use the latest technology to create images of the universe, ensure that your experience of the night sky is evocative and all-consuming. Each presentation is enhanced with quality sound and high-resolution imagery and there is a variety of shows on offer throughout the year.
If you're serious about, or obsessed with astronomy, then venture further and make a point of visiting the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) in the Karoo. Situated just outside the Northern Cape village of Sutherland, SALT is the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, so powerful that it can look back 13 billion years to the beginning of time as we know it.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 1392
Iziko Planetarium Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 3800
How to get here
Both planetariums are centrally located and easy to reach in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Around the area
In Cape Town, visit the Company Gardens, the city's green retreat, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island. In Johannesburg, go to the nearby Johannesburg Zoo, Mandela Bridge, Newtown, the Apartheid Museum.
Tours to do
The City Hop on-hop off sightseeing buses are a great way to see both cities
Take a cab from Sandton or Johannesburg City Centre to the University of Witwatersrand. The Iziko Planetarium is within walking distance from Cape Town's city centre.
What will it cost
Entrance fee is R40 adults; pensioners, children and students R20
Length of stay
The shows at the planetariums last typically one hour.
Where to stay
There's somewhere to stay in both cities for all tastes and all budgets