Visit the Cape Seal Lighthouse

Lighthouses in or near Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route in the Garden Route, South Africa.

Things To Do in Plettenberg BayVisit the Cape Seal Lighthouse


Where? Robberg Nature Reserve, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

When? Open daily from 07h00 to 17h00

How? Call +27 (0)44 533-2125 / 85

How much? Price on request

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Plettenberg Bay, in Garden Route

The Cape Seal Lighthouse

Built in 1950, Cape Seal lighthouse lies within the Robberg Nature and Marine Reserve on the seaward tip of what is known as Cape Seal. It forms the southern arm of Plettenberg Bay, halfway between Mossel Bay and Cape St Francis, on a coastline that is littered with shipwrecks.

Cape Seal lighthouse lies 146 metres above the sea, regarded as the highest light on the South African coast, but nonetheless nothing spectacular to look at. In fact, the lighthouse can be a bit of a disappointment to those expecting a concrete column of some stature. Instead it is a rather unattractive lattice tower. Admittedly once there, for the lighthouse is accessible only along a five kilometre foot path, the views from the top are pretty spectacular, and because the lighthouse is not obviously accessible, the sights and sounds of seals and the sea well worth the effort of getting there.

If it is difficult to reach the lighthouse today then think of the implications for construction when it was finally built in 1950. This stretch of coastline is particularly dangerous – it is rugged and precipitous. But it took until 1926 before any plans for erecting a light somewhere on the coast between Cape St Francis and Cape St Blaize came into being. Cape Seal was chosen in 1937 but WWII slowed the process.

In 1986 the light was adapted to run on solar power and the character of the light was changed to two white flashes every thirty seconds. It is serviced today by helicopter, which is just as well, given that hikers passing this remote site cannot contemplate how difficult it must have been to drag all the cement, bricks and other material to the Robberg.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Plettenberg Bay

The Plettenberg

Hotel / Self Catering

The Plettenberg

The Plettenberg, a 5 star Relais & Chateaux Hotel built on a rocky headland with breathtaking vistas of the sea, ... more

Periwinkle Guest Lodge

Bed & Breakfast

Periwinkle Guest Lodge

Periwinkle Lodge is a beach front guest house offering comfortable, tastefully decorated en-suite Plettenberg Bay ... more


Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering


O'Hannas offers bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation in the popular area of Plettenberg Bay. From here you ... more

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