Cyril Jackson Observatory

Cyril Jackson Observatory
Cyril Jackson was a prominent South African Astronomer who discovered / co-discovered three comets and 72 asteroids which made him one of South Africas leading Astronomers. These discoveries included the periodic comets 47P / Ashbrook Jackson and 58P / Jackson Neujmin, both named after the astronomer. Jackson worked mainly in South Africa, Australia and South America, but during the last years before retirement, in the early 1950s, he built an observatory on his farm named Hilltop in the Haenertsburg district. After his retirement he moved to the farm and used the observatory. He sold the observatory ground in the 1970s and the site was forgotten about until it was rediscovered. Magda Streicher identified the site, had the site registered as a Provinsial Heritage Site with the National Heritage Foundation, and managed to contribute a display at the local Haenertburg museum.

The small stone observatory lies 3 kilometres from Haenertsburg on the road to Polokwane, the R71. (Visitors shouls turn off at the Fillys Way sign and drive 800m further, it will be on your right hand side)

The museum in Haenertsburg kindly allowed Magda Streicher to display some material.

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Zwakala River Retreat

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

3.6km North of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

Zwakala River Retreat is situated on a privately owned farm in the beautiful Magoebaskloof Mountains in the Limpopo Province. Our accommodation includes cosy cottages, a guest house and a private camp site located next to a tranquil river in the mountains

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Sleeps: 28 in 8 units/rooms
From R 450,00
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Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

4.8km North of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort is situated in the beautiful Cheerio Valley. Sleeps from 28 - 33 guests.

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Magoebaskloof Adventures Accommodation

Room Only / Limited Self Catering Accommodation in Haenertsburg

7.6km East of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

Discover a magical place where mountain meets river and the spirit of adventure is born. Magoebaskloof Adventure Chalets' wooden chalets are in the indigenous forest on the edge of the Letaba Gorge with stunning views.

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Glenogle Farm, The Stables and The Loft

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Haenertsburg

7.7km North East of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

Glenogle Farm is a privately owned estate hidden amongst the pine plantations in the beautiful mountainous area of Magoebaskloof. This picturesque farm boasts horses, a magnificent dam stocked with trout as well as 2 Luxury self catering units.

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Pavetta Country House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

8.6km North of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

The house is scenically placed next to the Haenertsburg Trout Association's trophy dam with great views over the dam and indigenous forest. The house accommodates 6 adults and 2 young children, sharing with their parents in the master bedroom.

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Sleeps: 100 in 10 units/rooms
From R 1 300,00
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Casa Clavella

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Magoebaskloof

10.6km North East of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

Stunning views from this three storey Manor House in the heart of Magoebaskloof. The house, of historic value, was built by Italian Prisoners of World War II and has been lovingly restored in keeping with the architecture and style of the period.

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Sleeps: 24 in 4 units/rooms
From R 550,00
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Kurisa Moya Nature Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Houtbosdorp

12.3km North West of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

You could book a Forest Lodge cabin, 3 metres up in the canopy of the indigenous forest, surrounded by magnificent trees, animals and birds. Alternatively, soak up the views at the earthy Thora Boloka Cottage, on the mountain's edge overlooking ...

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Sleeps: 14 in 6 units/rooms

Granny Dot's Country Spot

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Tzaneen

18.8km East of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

Granny Dot's is set up in a warm and welcoming way, an ideal getaway for leisure travellers and jaded business executives. Within the guest house there's a choice of 4 double rooms and 2 outside rooms. All are...

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Coach House Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Tzaneen

22.3km East of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

Easily accessible from Gauteng, Coach House Hotel & Spa offers country style hospitality and comfort in tranquil settings. Internationally renowned, this gracious estate is situated on 560 hectares in the lush sub-tropical Letaba district of Limpopo.

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Sleeps: 6

Boskiep 2

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Tzaneen

24.8km North East of center of Cyril Jackson Observatory

Boskiep 2 is a convenient stopover or holiday base, an affordable self-catering flat for business travellers, sales representatives, tourists, etc.

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