Thursday, 10 November 2011

VISITING LIGHTHOUSES IN SOUTH AFRICA - PART 2

After visiting Slangkop, we drove south about forty five minutes towards Cape Point, a rocky promontory at the end of the Cape Peninsula. The National Park is wonderful with a large variety of animals (baboons, ostriches, antelopes, birds...), flowers and breathtaking landscapes.  
 There are two lighthouses in Cape Point: this 8 m (27 ft) cylindrical cast iron tower was first lit on May 1, 1860 but was wrongly positioned. The lighthouse was built at  249 m (816 ft) above the sea level and was shrouded by fog much of the time.
 After the Portuguese ship "Lusitania" was wrecked in 1911 on Cape Point, a new lighthouse was built on the lower cliffs (87 meters above sea level) and was comissioned on March 11, 1919.
 The 9 m (30 ft) square cylindrical stone tower is located atop a steep pinnacle above Cape Point and is the most powerful lighthouse on the South African coast, with a range of 63 km (39 mi).

It is difficult to reach the lighthouse mainly because of the steep and jagged pathway and stiff winds on the cliff. After a thirty minutes walk by a narrow pathway, this is the closest I could get to the lighthouse. But our effort was worthwhile: a fabulous sunset over the cliff with few whales and dolphins swimming quietly in the dreaded Cape of Storms.

4 comments:

POSTMAIL said...

Bonitas Imagens colega, o local é
magnifico.Parabens pela postagem.

POSTMAIL said...

belas imagens e local magnifico.
Parabens por postar.

POSTMAIL said...

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POSTMAIL said...

belas imagens e magnifico lugar.