Slangkop Lighthouse. A beacon for Kommetjie

The circular lighthouse is made of cast iron and is 33 meters in circumference. It is painted white to stand out against the green backdrop of the mountain. The focal plane of the light is 41 meters above high water so as to be visible below dense mist, flashing four times per 30 seconds.

The lighthouse was established as the result of a commission appointed in 1906 by the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, His Excellency, the Honorable Sir Francis Hely-Hutchinson, but was commissioned in 1919 only. It became fully automated in 1979. From an original three-man station it has been manned by a Senior Light keeper since then.

The Slangkop lighthouse draws its power from the Cape Municipality and has a standby diesel alternator that takes over in the event of a break in the mains supply.

Visiting hours:
Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, with an half hour break between
12.00 and 12.30 pm

Closed over weekends and public holidays


This is my favourite lighthouse and I have visited many. There is a delightful short coastal walk from the village of Kommetjie to the lighthouse which I would highly recommend. Louisa

Go for the sunset. Its worth it. Good pictures for those into photography Arinna

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Slangkop Lighthouse

Slangkop Lighthouse