Hang out at Hangklip Lighthouse

Lighthouses / Sight Seeing in or near Kleinmond, Cape Overberg in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Things To Do in KleinmondHang out at Hangklip Lighthouse

Lighthouses Sight Seeing Cape Overberg Cape Whale Coast

Where? Hangklip-Kleinmond, Cape Whale Coast, Western Cape

How much? Free

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Hang out at the Hangklip Lighthouse

Beach gives way to sand dunes, sand dunes gives way to Fynbos, Fynbos gives way to a tower of light that leads ships on their way. Hanging at the entrance to False Bay in a town named Hangklip (hanging rock) literally named after the draping rockface that appears to cling to the mountainside; Hangklip Lighthouse hangs light in the bay through a misty day or a moody night.

An hour and a half drive from Cape Town this rustic sea-side town is unpolished poetry preserved by the salty air. Built in only 6 days this 22 meter lighthouse tower has been keeping sailors, seafarers and fisherman safe since 1960. In 1986 a telemetry system was installed allowing the lighthouse to be monitored from Cape Point.

This beacon was built by means of the moving form shuttering principle and is powered by a triple diesel mutual alternator. This shining optic shoots a revolving electric light across the Atlantic Ocean every 10 seconds visible for 25 nautical miles at a focal plane of 34 meters. This cylindrical tower of reinforced concrete emits a candle power of 800 000 CD across the waters yet looks like nothing more than a white candle sunk into the sand to create a romantic glow in the breeding ground of the Southern Right Whale. An unmanned lighthouse guarding a picturesque coastline reminds those at sea that they are not alone.

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