North Head Lighthouse

Lighthouses in or near Saldanha, Cape West Coast in the Western Cape, South Africa.

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Lighthouses Cape West Coast

Where? Saldanha Bay, Cape West Coast, Western Cape

How much? Price on request

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Saldanha, in Western Cape

North Head lighthouse is one of two at the entrance to Saldanha Bay. The other is rather obviously called South Head lighthouse.

North Head started off in 1939 as a gas lantern mounted on a square concrete pillar with a diaphone fog signal. This was fine to guide little fishing vessels in and out of Saldanha Bay, but as the harbour began receiving larger vessles in the export of iron-ore, it became important to upgrade the lighthouse.

In 1969 it morphed into an electrical lighthouse atop a steel lattice three-panelled pedestal, virtually identical to its sister lighthouse, the South Head. Since August 2005 a concrete tower that stands 21 metres high, painted in white and black diagonal stripes dominates the seascape. The steel lattice is still there but diminished in stature by the new concrete version. The new look is more in keeping with the 'idea' of lighthouses people have in their mind's eye.

The official vessels arrival line for Saldanha Bay is the straight line connecting the centres of the two lighthouses - North Head and South Head. Should a boat of any description cross this line, it is considered to have 'arrived' within the bay.

Seen from a little way down the coast, the lighthouse is particularly striking, perched as it appears to be right on the very rocks that are daunting to ships, the old lighthouse still visible slightly behind it. Today the lighthouse is fully automated and monitored at Cape Columbine lighthouse. It lies within the property of the Saldanha naval base and a nature trail takes one past it.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Saldanha

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