Slangkop Lighthouse, near the town of Kommetjie, is the tallest cast-iron lighthouse in South Africa at 30m, with a 41m focal height above sea level.
Construction was due to be completed in 1914 but due to the outbreak of the First World War, the lighthouse wasn't completed and commissioned by Sir Francis Hely-Hutchinson (Governor of The Cape of Good Hope) until 4 March 1919.
|Candlepower||5 000 000 C.D.|
|Character of Light||Four flashes every 30 seconds|
|Installation Date||4 March 1919|
|Range||33 sea miles|
|Structure||33 metre circular iron tower painted white|
|Type of Light||Revolving electric|
|Other features||Mains supply with a standby diesel/alternator set|
This impressive tower has a rotating electric light that flashes every 30 seconds as far as 33 nautical miles out to sea, with a candlepower brightness of 5 000 000 C.D. Being so high above water, it is visible even in foggy, misty, conditions.
Slangkop is powered by the Municipality, but in the event of an interruption in the main supply, it also has a standby diesel alternator.
Slangkop (Snake Head) got its name from its position down a snaking, winding and twisting coastal road and is a popular tourist attraction for those visiting the area.
Take a guided tour to the top for stunning views of the area and delve into its interesting history.
Monday to Friday from 10h00 to 15h00 (In Summer, between the months of October to April the Lighthouse is open on weekends as well).
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