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Cape Point, Cape Town: 112 reviews and 210 photos


At the top of the cliffs, you will find the lighthouse. The Cape of Storms is deserving of its reputation and has earned the respect of sailors since its first sighting by Bartholomeu Dias in 1488. Following one shipwreck after another, construction eventually began on Cape Point’s first lighthouse in 1857. It stood on Cape Point Peak, 238m above sea level, but due to its elevation, clouds and fog often obscured the lighthouse from shipping. Ships continued to founder upon the rocks of the Peninsula and a second lighthouse had to be built. The site for the second construction, which started in 1913, was much lower than the first lighthouse, at only 87m above sea level. This second light was first lit at sunset on March 11, 1919, and remains the most powerful on the South African coast. The original lighthouse still stands on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the central monitoring point for all lighthouses along the coast of South Africa.

Address: Simon's Town, South Africa
Phone: +27 21 780 9010

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  • Written May 1, 2010
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