Things To Do in Mouille PointGreen Point Lighthouse
Where? 100 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town
When? Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 12h30 and 13h00 to 15h30.
How? Call +27 (0)21 449-5172
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
Ever had that dream where you follow an old man clutching a rusty key dangling loosely on weathered key ring along a stormy beach crashing with waves. Then you push open a heavy door and follow the light of his oil lantern up a creaky spiral staircase only to be woken suddenly by a bright light that beams from the lighthouse tower and shines you awake? No, well this tour is nothing like that either so if you haven't had that dream already you'll never have it.
The Mouille Point Lighthouse is large, square, friendly and candy striped in broad nautical red and white stripes. Similar to the dream the lighthouse once warned ships of the Cape rocky coastline with only two oil lanterns but now burns a warning light with a bright 850 000 candlepower visible for 25 nautical miles to sea. Home to the haunting foghorn of misty moments this is the oldest operational lighthouse of its kind in South Africa.
Built by German builder Herman Schutte in 1924 it was electrified in 1829 and still keeps ships from running aground in Table Bay. This distinctive building has been declared a national monument in a place that got its name from 'moilje' breakwater in Dutch, this breakwater was built to minimise Cape Colony shipwrecks. Later renamed by the French to 'Mouille', this point has kept sailors safe and tradition alive; take an inside peek.