South Africa
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The unspoilt Zululand coast has a river, forest and an ocean so all it was missing was a beautiful lighthouse. Thus in 1985 the Cape Vidal Lighthouse was built north of the brown Umfolosi River, on the shores of the blue Indian Ocean, amidst the green Cape Vidal Forestry Reserve.

Candlepower 690 000 C.D.
Character of Light One flash every 10 seconds
Installation Date 08 July 1985
Range 25 sea miles
Structure 23 metre round concrete tower painted yellow
Type of Light Revolving electric (unattended)
Other features Radio beacon with call sign ZA. The power plant consists of triple mutual diesel/alternator sets.

This stunning twenty-three-meter-high beauty was coated in a distinctive yellow paint to guarantee its visibility against the dense forest background and ocean deep forest foreground. This portion of the ocean is the undiscovered burial ground of the ship Dorethea, that rumour has it, smuggled gold. History has confirmed it ran ashore and the lighthouse warns against this to this day.

This lighthouse was the most northerly light on the East Coast for only a short while from 8 July 1985 to 30 April 1986. Now, when you need to relax because you can’t see the wood for the trees, this little yellow tower will cast perspective on the situation. Bright by day; light by night.

Things to do and see

  • Lighthouse Viewing from outside
  • Cape Vidal Forestry Reserve
  • Ocean Views


There is no admission fee, viewing is permitted.

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