Cape Point Lighthouse in Cape Point, Table Mountain National Park, Western Cape
|Candlepower||10 000 000 C.D.|
|Character of Light||Group Flashing three flashes every 30 seconds|
|Installation Date||01 May 1860|
|Range||34 sea miles|
|Structure||9 metre square masonry tower|
|Type of Light||Revolving electric|
|Other features||Fitted with a subsidiary red sector light. Equipped with radio beacon and triple mutual diesel/alternator set.|
Notorious for it tumultuous weather, the seas surrounding the narrow most southwesterly tip of Cape Point has become a watery grave to at last 26 sunken ships. The legendary explorer Bartholomew Diaz nicknamed this dangerous stretch of coastline the “Cape of Storms”. The original lighthouse built in 1860 no longer functions, it sits too high above the ocean and is often covered by clouds. The new lighthouse was commissioned on 11 March 1919 at the same site, but at a very much lower elevation. Only the base of the old lighthouse remains, and it now serves as a “Visitors Book” as many visitors record their visit by scratching their names in the paintwork of the old iron tower base.
The present lighthouse has been erected 286 feet above sea level and the foundation stone was laid by Thomas Prince in April 1914. This new Cape Point Lighthouse, still in operation as a nautical guide, is one of the most powerful on the South African coast. Its lights have a range of 60 kilometres and each flash has an intensity of 10 million candles.
Visitors can either walk their way up the medium-grade path, about a 15-minute hike, or can opt to take a ride up to the lighthouse via the convenient and environmentally-friendly Flying Dutchman Funicular. The views from the lookout points surrounding the lighthouse and on the nearby summit are quite spectacular!
Things to do and see
- Lighthouse Viewing
- Flying Dutchman Funicular
- Cape Point Nature Reserve
- Nature Reserve Trails, Picnic & Beaches
- Cape Point Shops
- Two Oceans Restaurant
Adult, R70 return or R55 one way
Child, R30 return or R22 one way
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