The NASSP 20th anniversary symposium will take place on 25 – 26 January 2024 (Thursday and Friday).


The symposium will be held at the University of Cape Town Upper Campus in the Chris Hani lecture theatre in the new Science Faculty building, which is on University Avenue North (directly opposite the R.W. James building hosting the UCT Astronomy department).

Parking will be available in P6 on the north side of upper campus.

Aerial view of UCT Upper Campus with the Chris Hand lecture theatre highlighted

Symposium Dinner

The symposium dinner will take place on Thursday 25 January from 19:00 at the South African Astronomical Observatory.

We recommend coming via Uber/taxi if possible, as parking on site will be limited. Once parking on site is full, you may park outside the gate across the road .


1 Observatory road,
Cape Town

See Google maps for directions.


The following B&Bs are within walking distance of UCT. You should make your own bookings and note that they have limited availability:

The following hotels offer bed and breakfast at the price indicated (no special rate). They are all some distance from UCT, so you would require a car or taxi.

The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands20 single roomsCourtyard Rooms
Holiday Inn Express, Cape Town City Centre100 single roomsStandard Rooms
Southern Sun, Walmer Estate200 single roomsStandard Rooms
Southern Sun Newlands, Newlands80 single roomsStandard Rooms

Please contact us if you intend to book a room at any of these hotels.


Unless you arrive late at night, Uber is probably the most cost effective and seems to be reliable. Only book your ride through the Uber app.

If you prefer a taxi then book it at the office at the airport after you arrive, we do NOT recommend accepting one of the touts who will accost you after clearing security.

If you would like to book ride, Fabulas Shuttle Services is a provider the SAAO uses. They can be contacted by email (fabulas@telkomsa.net).