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Name: Cape Agulhas Lighthouse  

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Also known as: Cape L'Agulhas Lighthouse

Nearest Town or City:
L'Agulhas, , South Africa

Location: Southernmost tip of African continent, within Agulhas National Park.

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Managing Organization:
National Ports Authority


Cape Agulhas is Portuguese for "Cape of Needles." This lighthouse was declared a National Monument in 1973. It is the second oldest lighthouse in South Africa, and has been restored in recent years. A short walk from the lighthouse takes you to a cairn marking the southernmost point on the continent. The building has been renovated recently.

Tower Height: 89

Height of Focal Plane: 102

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 5 seconds.

Description of Tower: Conical stone tower with alternating red and white horizontal bands, built in center of keeper's quarters.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1849

Date Present Tower Built: 1849

Date Deactivated: 1968-1988

Current Use: Active aid to navigation

Open To Public? Yes.

The lighthouse is open to the public everyday of the year, 9am to 5pm. There is a museum, tourist info, and curio shop, operated by South African National Parks (SANPARKS)

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