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Slangkop Lighthouse – Cape Town Things To Do – Kommetjie


August 8, 2012 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Things To Do in Cape Town


Things To Do Cape Town - Slangkop Lighthouse

Slangkop Lighthouse – Cape Town Things To Do

Things To Do Cape Town - Slangkop Lighthouse

This Slangkop Lighthouse measures 33 metres tall and made from sleet. Did you know that this lighthouse is the strongest and tallest cast iron lighthouse on the South African Coast? Well it is, and has become a popular tourist visiting spot.

 

The Slangkop lighthouse has been working since March 1919 when it was lit for the very first time. In 1926 a 4 KW electric lap replaced the original light …..

 

In 1974 a 1.5KW light replaced it. And in 1975 the Slangkop lighthouse became fully automated – it lets off 4 flashes of light every 30 seconds. Read more here..

 

Slangkop lighthouse….

seen from the mountain pass “Ou Kaapse Weg” and has been around since 1919. The famous Pick ‘n Pay Argus Cycle Tour passes each year through this small town which is also popular for local and international surfing. Wikipedia.

 

The Slankop Lighthouse, on the cold Atlantic Ocean is near Kommetjie with its lovely holiday homes. Here you’ll find attractive waves for surfing, as well as crayfish and fishing. Kommetjie is a quiet and laid-back rural town ideal for away-from-the-city holidays.

Slangkop like most other Cape lighthouses are strewn with shipwrecks. Some sad stories ans some embarrassing after their ships run ashore:

Oral tradition also suggests that this captain later continued to live aboard the Kakapo, some sources suggest for as long as three years. This certainly appears possible, on evidence of one of the historical photographs of the wreck. This shows smoke coming from the funnel, although the sand dunes growing over the wreck clearly show that it has already been there for some time.

 

If you are interested in nature, lighthouses, crayfish, Southern Right whales, a rural holiday destination with shipwrecks and excellent surfing conditions then choose a hand picked Kommetjie Holiday home.

Directions to Slangkop Lighthouse near Kommetjie

I have chosen the map to Slangkop so that you can orientate yourself. You’ll be able to see how close you are to Cape Town, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Simon’s Town with it’s penguins and Kalk Bay with it’s shops and lovely restaurants.

Towards Cape Town you’ll pass Noordhoek, via Chapman’s Peak to Hout Bay and the other Atlantic seaside villages. This is the famous Argus route and possibly the most beautiful road in South Africa.

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What’s your story about this Slangkop Lighthouse? Share your experience in the comments area below. Why would you recommend it to other tourists and holiday makers? Is it a place worth visiting?

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