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18 December 2006

Danger Point Lighthouse

Danger Point Lighthouse is most famous for its connection to the Birkenhead disaster - a British Troopship that ran onto reefs in 1852 off Danger Point. Forty-three years after the disaster, in 1895, the lighthouse was established. It is a neat structure with lots of history behind it: you have difficulty leaving! And the views are stunning. It is very close to the coastal fishing town of Gansbaai in the Southern Cape: you can drive all the way to the lighthouse and enter the building during visiting hours. It is one of the commercialized towers along the coast, so very accessible. A memorial for the Birkenhead has been erected close to the tower. Directions: when coming from the west (Hermanus side), turn right after leaving Gansbaai, driving all the way to the coast. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way (before it gets destroyed by property developers!)