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Name: Cape Point Lighthouse (old)  

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Also known as: Cape of Good Hope Lighthouse

Nearest Town or City:
Constantia, , South Africa

Location: Cape Maclear, the center of three three promontories at the end of the Cape Peninsula.

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Photo: Don Devine
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Managing Organization:
Table Mountain National Park


This lighthouse was built too high above sea level and was often obscured by fog; it was replaced by a new lighthouse at a lower elevation. A walking trail goes near both the old and new lighthouses.

Tower Height: 27

Height of Focal Plane: 570

Description of Tower: White, cylindrical cast iron tower.

This light is not operational

Date Established: 1860

Date Present Tower Built: 1860

Date Deactivated: 1919

Current Use: Attraction in national park.

Open To Public? Yes.

Take either the road through Simon’s Town on the False Bay side of the peninsula, or through Kommetjie on the Atlantic side. The park is open from 8 a.m. and closes at sunset. A funicular railway will take you to a viewing platform just below the old lighthouse; email for more information.

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