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Top 10

Historic lighthouses of South Africa

1Doring Bay Lighthouse, West Coast

The Doring Bay lighthouse at the base of this little West Coast frontier village completes the romantic picture of a seaport and its ocean guardian.

2Cape Columbine Lighthouse, West Coast

If you're ever in the West Coast neighbourhood of Paternoster, Saldanha Bay and Langebaan, pay a visit to the Cape Columbine Reserve and its lighthouse.

3Green Point Lighthouse, Cape Town

The Green Point lighthouse in the Mother City is famous for its 'Moaning Minnie' foghorn, and has been guiding ships into Table Bay since 1824.

4Slangkop Point Lighthouse, Kommetjie, Cape Town

This rather majestically tall lighthouse on the Cape Point Route lies within the boundaries of the marine protected area of the Table Mountain National Park.

5Cape Point lighthouse

For great views of the southern seas, visitors climb the steps up to the Cape Point lighthouse, which has been in operation since the 1850s.

6Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

Be a part of the old South African lighthouse tradition and stay overnight at Cape Agulhas, where you can also enjoy the Agulhas National Park.

7Danger Point Lighthouse, Gansbaai

One of the world's most famous shipwrecks, that of the HMS Birkenhead, took place at sea near the spot of the present-day Danger Point lighthouse.

8Seal Point Lighthouse, Cape St Francis

One of the most interesting features in the vicinity of Seal Point lighthouse in Cape St Francis is the local penguin rescue and rehabilitation facility.

9Cape Recife Lighthouse, Port Elizabeth

For amazing sea tales and shipwreck legends, the zebra-striped Cape Recife lighthouse outside Port Elizabeth must rate as one of the best in South Africa.

10Great Fish Point Lighthouse, Eastern Cape

The Great Fish Point lighthouse near Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape is one of South Africa's smallest, but its powerful beam packs a huge punch.