List of lighthouses in South Africa

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This is a list of lighthouses in South Africa. It contains currently active lights as well as decommissioned lights of historical importance.


Lighthouses[edit]

Lighthouse Location Coordinates Year
built
Structure Focal
height
ALN Notes
Bird Island Bird Island[1] 33°50′29.72″S 26°17′13.55″E / 33.8415889°S 26.2870972°E / -33.8415889; 26.2870972 (Bird Island Lighthouse)[1] 1852-12-01, 1873-05-01[1] 26 m masonry tower[1] 30 m[1] D6412[2] The Doddington sank at the island in 1755.[1]
Bluff Durban, KZN 29°52′40″S 31°03′50″E / 29.87778°S 31.06389°E / -29.87778; 31.06389 (Bluff Lighthouse) 1867-01-12 concrete tower discontinued 1940-10-16, later demolished, coordinates are for the original iron tower[3][4][5]
Cape Agulhas Cape Agulhas, WC 34°49′08″S 20°00′33″E / 34.81889°S 20.00917°E / -34.81889; 20.00917 (Cape Agulhas Lighthouse) 1849-03-01 27 m tower 31 m HW D6370[6] National monument[7] Provincial Heritage Site[8]
Cape Columbine Paternoster, WC 32°48′39″S 17°51′23″E / 32.81083°S 17.85639°E / -32.81083; 17.85639 (Cape Columbine Lighthouse) 1936-10-01 15 m masonry tower 80 m HW D5810[9] [10]
Cape Hangklip 34°23′11.4″S 18°49′42.3″E / 34.386500°S 18.828417°E / -34.386500; 18.828417 (Cape Hangklip Lighthouse) 1960-11-25 22 m concrete tower 34 m HW D6280[11] [3]
Cape Hermes Port St. Johns 31°38′06″S 29°33′23″E / 31.63500°S 29.55639°E / -31.63500; 29.55639 (Cape Hermes Lighthouse) 1903-05-01, 1904-10-16 13 m stone tower 55 m D6442[12] [13]
Cape Infanta 34°28′18.76″S 20°50′47.09″E / 34.4718778°S 20.8464139°E / -34.4718778; 20.8464139 (Cape Infanta Lighthouse) 1979-03-15 15 m aluminium lattice tower 53 m MSL D6371[6] [14]
Cape Morgan Morgan's Bay 32°42′26″S 28°21′55″E / 32.70722°S 28.36528°E / -32.70722; 28.36528 (Cape Morgan Lighthouse) 1964-02-05 12 m aluminium tower 60 m D6434[12] [15]
Cape Point Simon's Bay, WC 34°21′24″S 18°30′00″E / 34.35667°S 18.50000°E / -34.35667; 18.50000 (Cape Point Lighthouse) 1860-05-01, 1919-03-11 9 m masonry tower 87 m HW D6120[16] [16][17]
Cape Recife Algoa Bay, EC 34°01′43.97″S 25°42′03.90″E / 34.0288806°S 25.7010833°E / -34.0288806; 25.7010833 (Cape Recife Lighthouse) 1851-04-01 24 m masonry tower 28 m D6390[2] [18]
Cape Seal Plettenberg Bay 34°06′27.6″S 23°24′22.83″E / 34.107667°S 23.4063417°E / -34.107667; 23.4063417 (Cape Seal Lighthouse) 1950-05-11 6 m tower 146 m D6384[19] [14]
Cape St. Blaize Mossel Bay 34°11′09.45″S 22°09′25.14″E / 34.1859583°S 22.1569833°E / -34.1859583; 22.1569833 (Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse) 1864-03-15 20.5 masonry tower 73 m D6378[19] [20]
Cape St. Lucia 28°30′54″S 32°24′00″E / 28.51500°S 32.40000°E / -28.51500; 32.40000 (Cape St. Lucia Lighthouse) 1906-12-15, 1915 8 m cast iron tower 113 m D6484 [21][22][23]
Cape St. Martin St Helena Bay, WC 32°42′53″S 17°55′18.53″E / 32.71472°S 17.9218139°E / -32.71472; 17.9218139 (Cape St. Martin Lighthouse) 1977-12-12 10 m aluminium lattice tower 18 m D5801[9] [24]
Cape Vidal Cape Vidal Forestry Reserve, KZN 28°08′51.98″S 32°33′10.77″E / 28.1477722°S 32.5529917°E / -28.1477722; 32.5529917 (Cape Vidal Lighthouse) 1985-07-08 23 m concrete tower 64.5 m MSL D6485[23] painted yellow[25]
Castle Point East London, CC 1860-08-25 wood decommissioned 1895[22][24]
Cooper Light Brighton Beach, Durban, KZN 29°56′05″S 31°00′15″E / 29.93472°S 31.00417°E / -29.93472; 31.00417 (Cooper Light) 1953-07-31 21 m concrete tower 134 m D6458[26] [27]
Danger Point 34°37′48.8″S 19°18′10.9″E / 34.630222°S 19.303028°E / -34.630222; 19.303028 (Danger Point Lighthouse) 1895-01-01 masonry tower 45 m D6320[6] [28]
Dassen Island Dassen Island, WC 33°25′54″S 18°05′22″E / 33.43167°S 18.08944°E / -33.43167; 18.08944 (Dassen Island Lighthouse) 1893-04-15 28 m iron tower 47 m D5860[29] [30]
Deal Light Papenkuils river mouth 33°54′56″S 25°36′52″E / 33.91556°S 25.61444°E / -33.91556; 25.61444 (Deal Light Lighthouse) 1973-11-01 22 m aluminium lattice tower 26.9 m D6400[2] [1]
Doringbaai Doringbaai 31°49′00″S 18°14′00″E / 31.81667°S 18.23333°E / -31.81667; 18.23333 (Doringbaai Lighthouse)[31] 1963-04-02 21 m aluminum lattice tower 36 m D5734[31] [32]
Durnford Port Durnford Forestry Reserve 28°55′00″S 31°55′30″E / 28.91667°S 31.92500°E / -28.91667; 31.92500 (Durnford Lighthouse) 1916-03-01 12 m steel tower 49 m D6482[33] [34]
Great Fish Port Alfred 33°31′10″S 27°06′34″E / 33.51944°S 27.10944°E / -33.51944; 27.10944 (Great Fish Lighthouse) 1898-07-01 9 m masonry tower 85 m D6416[12] [35]
Green Point Green Point, WC 33°54′04″S 18°24′02″E / 33.90111°S 18.40056°E / -33.90111; 18.40056 (Green Point Lighthouse, Cape Town) 1824-04-12 16 m masonry tower 20 m HW D5900[16] [36][37] National monument and Provincial Heritage site[38]
Green Point Umzinto, KZN 30°14′56.1″S 30°46′38.9″E / 30.248917°S 30.777472°E / -30.248917; 30.777472 (Green Point Lighthouse, Natal) 1905 21 m cast iron tower 86 m D6454[26] [39][40]
Groenriviermond 30°51′53″S 17°34′49″E / 30.86472°S 17.58028°E / -30.86472; 17.58028 (Groenriviermond Lighthouse) 1988-11-21 17.2 m concrete tower 27.3 m D5720[31] [41]
The Hill Port Elizabeth, EC 1861-06-01 decommissioned 1973-10-31[30]
Hondeklipbaai 30°18′30.7″S 17°16′17.8″E / 30.308528°S 17.271611°E / -30.308528; 17.271611 (Hondeklipbaai Lighthouse) 1936-02-15, 1956-02-15 8 m steel tower 29 m D5704[31] [32]
Hood Point East London, EC 33°02′25.96″S 27°53′55.00″E / 33.0405444°S 27.8986111°E / -33.0405444; 27.8986111 (Hood Point Lighthouse) 1895-06-04 19 m masonry tower 55 m D6420[12] [42]
Ifafa Beach 30°27′46.7″S 30°39′08.4″E / 30.462972°S 30.652333°E / -30.462972; 30.652333 (Ifafa Beach Lighthouse) 1980-02-04 23 m tower 35.1 m MSL D6452[26] [43]
Jesser Point Sordwana Bay, KZN 27°32′41.35″S 32°33′40.81″E / 27.5448194°S 32.5613361°E / -27.5448194; 32.5613361 (Jesser Point Lighthouse) 1986-04 concrete tower 61 m MSL D6486[23] [25]
M'bashe Point 32°14′27.1″S 28°54′54″E / 32.240861°S 28.91500°E / -32.240861; 28.91500 (M'bashe Point Lighthouse)[12] 1926-12-03 14 m lattice steel tower 47 m D6438[12] [44]
Milnerton Milnerton, WC 33°52′53.47″S 18°29′18.52″E / 33.8815194°S 18.4884778°E / -33.8815194; 18.4884778 (Milnerton Lighthouse) 1960-03-10 21 m concrete tower 28 m D5910[45] [46]
Mouille Point 33°54′00″S 18°25′19″E / 33.90000°S 18.42194°E / -33.90000; 18.42194 (Mouille Point Lighthouse)[47] 1842-07-01, 1865 Discontinued in 1908, demolished on or after 1921.[48]
North Head Saldanha Bay, WC 33°03′00″S 17°54′42″E / 33.05000°S 17.91167°E / -33.05000; 17.91167 (North Head Lighthouse) 1939-07-12, 1969-12-02 21 m aluminum tower 33 m D5830[9] [31][49]
North Sand 31°03′24″S 30°13′33″E / 31.05667°S 30.22583°E / -31.05667; 30.22583 (North Sand Lighthouse) 1968-07-17 21 m alumunium lattice tower 38 m D6448[12] [50]
Port Nolloth Port Nolloth, NC 29°14′58.36″S 16°52′08.48″E / 29.2495444°S 16.8690222°E / -29.2495444; 16.8690222 (Port Nolloth Lighthouse) 1909 11 m aluminium lattice tower 17 m D5660[31] [21]
Port Shepstone Umzinkulu River mouth, KZN 30°44′30.1″S 30°27′33.0″E / 30.741694°S 30.459167°E / -30.741694; 30.459167 (Port Shepstone Lighthouse) 1895, ~1905 8 m cast iron tower 24 m D6450[12] [35]
Quoin Point 34°46′49.77″S 19°38′24.91″E / 34.7804917°S 19.6402528°E / -34.7804917; 19.6402528 (Quoin Point Lighthouse) 1955-03-02, 1990-10 21 m steel tower 32 m D6332[6] [48]
Richards Bay Richards Bay, KZN 28°46′30.3″S 32°07′41.1″E / 28.775083°S 32.128083°E / -28.775083; 32.128083 (Richards Bay Lighthouse) 1979-05-22 11 m concrete tower 72 m MSL D6483[23] [34]
Robben Island Robben Island, WC 33°48′52.20″S 18°22′29.25″E / 33.8145000°S 18.3747917°E / -33.8145000; 18.3747917 (Robben Island Lighthouse) 1865-01-01 18 m masonry tower 47 m D5870[29] [51]
Roman Rock Simon's Town, WC 34°10′54″S 18°27′42″E / 34.18167°S 18.46167°E / -34.18167; 18.46167 (Roman Rock Lighthouse)[16] 1845,[52] 1861-09-16 cast iron tower 17 m HW D6140[53] [54]
Seal Point Cape St. Francis, EC 34°12′44.79″S 24°50′11.92″E / 34.2124417°S 24.8366444°E / -34.2124417; 24.8366444 (Seal Point Lighthouse) 1878-07-04 27.75 m masonry tower 36 m D6386[19] National monument[55] Provincial Heritage site[56] Construction started in 1875.[57]
Slangkop Kommetjie 34°08′54.59″S 18°19′11.89″E / 34.1484972°S 18.3199694°E / -34.1484972; 18.3199694 (Slangkop Lighthouse) 1919-03-04 33 m iron tower 41 m HW D6110[16] [58]
South Head Saldanha Bay, WC 33°06′19.44″S 17°57′18.01″E / 33.1054000°S 17.9550028°E / -33.1054000; 17.9550028 (South Head Lighthouse) 1969-12-02 21 m aluminum tower 34 m D5831[9] [49]
South Sand EC 31°19′38.10″S 29°57′41.11″E / 31.3272500°S 29.9614194°E / -31.3272500; 29.9614194 (South Sand Lighthouse) 1931-08-21 21 m steel tower 82 m D6446[12] [50]
Tugela 29°13′19.8″S 31°30′15.9″E / 29.222167°S 31.504417°E / -29.222167; 31.504417 (Tugela Lighthouse) 1972-11-22 21 m aluminium lattice tower 36 m D6481[33] [43]
Umhlanga Rocks Durban, KZN 29°43′41.57″S 31°05′18.20″E / 29.7282139°S 31.0883889°E / -29.7282139; 31.0883889 (Umhlanga Rocks Lighthouse) 1954-11-25 21 m concrete tower 25 m D6480[33] [15]
Ystervarkpunt 34°23′26″S 21°43′05″E / 34.39056°S 21.71806°E / -34.39056; 21.71806 (Ystervarkpunt Lighthouse) 1964-08-04 21 m aluminium tower 51 m D6374[6] [46]

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

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  • "Section 1 - List of Lights and Radio Signals". List of Lights, Fog Signals, Radio Navigational Aids and Radio Services (2008 ed.). South African Navy, Hydrographic Office. ISBN 9780958407175. 
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