"Go up the Old Lighthouse at Cape Point!" Cape Point Tip by jumpingnorman

Cape Point, Cape Town: 113 reviews and 211 photos

  Old Lighthouse at Cape Point, South Africa
by jumpingnorman

April 18, 1911 ? the Portuguese liner Lusitania with 774 people aboard crashes at Cape Point on Bellows Rock because the old lighthouse did not do its job ? being at a high elevation, ships see the lighthouse ?too early? and foggy conditions could also cause mishaps.

So, this very nice red and white lighthouse was put to retirement and a newer brighter one was built at a lower elevation (100 m further south). This new lighthouse has a range of 63 kilometres, and beams out a group of three flashes of 10 million candlepower each, every 30 seconds.

During my visit to Cape Point, I did walk all the way up to the old lighthouse. The view from several hundreds of feet above sea level are just magnificent and perfect for picture taking! I think this old lighthouse is a very charming one, and so I took a lot of pictures with it. The equipment for this old lighthouse were shipped from England on board the barque Royal Saxon on 30 May 1857.

There is even a gift shop nearby where you can buy shirts and souvenirs.

There is also a funicular railway that runs from a car park to the north up to slightly below the level of the old lighthouse, and a short flight of steps will lead to a viewing platform at the base of the lighthouse. From the end of the railway a second path will lead to the lower peak.
But no matter how you climb it, this is a ?must-see? when in Cape Town!

Address: Simon's Town, South Africa
Phone: 217809010
Website: http://capepoint.co.za

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 1, 2009
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