Nestled along the picturesque coastline of the Western Cape, a series of stunning lighthouses stand as iconic symbols of maritime history, guiding ships safely through treacherous waters. These historic structures serve as beacons of light, possess fascinating stories, and offer unique tourist attractions. Let’s take a look at nine remarkable lighthouses that grace this beautiful province.
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Cape Point Lighthouse
Situated at the southwestern tip of the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Point Lighthouse has been safeguarding ships since 1859. Perched atop dramatic cliffs, it offers panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline. Visitors can explore the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and witness the breathtaking meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
Sightseers can use an exciting way to travel by taking the Flying Dutchman Funicular (also known as the Cape Point Funicular). It’s a funicular railway that runs from a lower station at the Cape Point car park and inclines through dense fynbos to the upper lighthouse. It’s the only commercial funicular of its type in Africa.
Adults – R90
Kids – R50
Pensioners – R55
Adults – R75
Kids – R40
Pensioners – R40
Website: Cape Point Lighthouse
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Cape Agulhas Lighthouse is a historical gem dating back to 1848, located at the southernmost tip of Africa. Besides its navigational significance, this lighthouse stands at the point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans converge. Visitors can ascend the tower for scenic views or explore the nearby Agulhas National Park.
This lighthouse is the third built on the South African coast, and its design is based on the Pharos of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Cape Agulhas Lighthouse was declared a National Monument in 1973. Visitors can visit it, the lighthouse museum, a restaurant and the National Park.
Adults – R13.70
Children under 12 – R6.90
Pensioners – R9.20
Adult Tour Groups – R9.20
Students (with ID cards) – R9.20
School Groups – R5.70
Website: Cape Agulhas Lighthouse
Robben Island Lighthouse
Robben Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is renowned for its political history. The Robben Island Lighthouse, constructed in 1864, adds to the island’s significance. Guided tours of the island provide a glimpse into the life of former political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela.
General tour prices:
South African Adults – R400
South African U/18s – R210
Non-South African Adults – R600
Non-South African U/18 – R310
Website: Robben Island
Danger Point Lighthouse
The Danger Point Lighthouse has been guiding ships away from treacherous rocks near Gansbaai since 1895. It overlooks the notorious Danger Point, known for shipwrecks and legends of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. Visitors can also explore nearby fishing villages and enjoy whale-watching tours.
Please get in touch with +27 (0)21 449-2400 to request ticket prices.
Website: Danger Point Lighthouse
Found along the False Bay coastline, the Hangklip Lighthouse stands atop a dramatic rocky outcrop near Pringle Bay. Built-in 1960, it offers stunning views of the bay and the surrounding fynbos-covered mountains. A triple diesel mutual alternator powers it and shoots a revolving electric light every ten seconds. Visitors can partake in outdoor activities such as hiking, surfing, and birdwatching in the area.
Entry is free.
Website: Hangklip Lighthouse
Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse
Dominating the skyline of Mossel Bay, the Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse has been a guiding light since 1864. Perched atop the cliffs, it provides mesmerizing vistas of the Indian Ocean and the charming town below. Explore the historical sites in Mossel Bay, including the famous Diaz Museum. Visitors can eat at the unique restaurant built inside the lighthouse, tour the lighthouse, or book a night to stay in one of two rooms.
Climbing to the top: R70 p/p
Website: Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse
Roman Rock Lighthouse
Positioned off the coast of Simon’s Town in False Bay, the Roman Rock Lighthouse has protected vessels from submerged rocks since 1861. It’s the only lighthouse in South Africa to be built on a single rock in the middle of the ocean. The lighthouse is seventeen metres above the high water mark, and attached to it is a private helipad. Although not accessible to the public, it can be admired from the shoreline or during boat tours. Simon’s Town also allows visitors to explore the naval history and visit penguins at Boulders Beach.
Website: Roman Rock Lighthouse
Stompneus Point Lighthouse (Shelley Point Lighthouse)
The Stompneus Point Lighthouse has guided ships along the West Coast near St Helena Bay since 1939. Surrounded by stunning beaches and fishing villages, it serves as a gateway to the enchanting West Coast National Park. Visitors can witness the annual spring bloom of wildflowers in the park. Seeing the lighthouse is free, but visitors can book various tours to go sightseeing.
Seeing the lighthouse is free, but visitors can book various tours to go sightseeing.
Website: Stompneus Point Lighthouse
Cape Columbine Lighthouse
Situated near Paternoster, the Cape Columbine Lighthouse boasts a distinctive white and red tower contrasting beautifully with the blue ocean. Built-in 1936, it marks the rocky coastline of the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. Explore the charming fishing village of Paternoster and indulge in fresh seafood delights. The lighthouse sits on Castle Rock, a huge outcrop of rock. It’s named after the barque Columbine and is the first to have light, fog signal and a radio beacon installed as one unit.
Please get in touch with 021 449-2400 to request ticket prices.
Website: Cape Columbine Lighthouse
The Western Cape’s collection of lighthouses stands as a testament to the region’s rich maritime history. These historical landmarks not only serve as crucial navigational aids but also offer tourists the opportunity to explore the surrounding natural beauty, historic sites, and vibrant coastal communities. So, embark on a journey of discovery, soak in stunning vistas, and relish the captivating tales woven within the Western Cape’s majestic lighthouses.