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04 March 2017


This is the oldest lighthouse in South Africa having been commissioned in 1824 and is now a National Monument. The purpose of the visit was twofold; to visit the headquarters of the Lighthouse and Navigation Services (LNS) business unit of Transnet and to obtain the proof photograph.

On arrival I met Ms Tasneem Jacobs who, amongst other functions, is responsible for the reservations of the four cottages available to the public. Reservations can be made by E mail at or by phoning  021 449 2400. Having stayed at the Danger Point cottage, I can vouch for the high standard of this accommodation.
Green Point lighthouse also offers a self-conducted tour of the lighthouse for a small fee with very detailed returnable information sheets to illustrate and explain the structure and its exhibits. The beautiful wooden staircase (see below) is the original installation and the lead safety treads are unique. The thickness of the walls of the tower was striking, at minimum one metre. An open air viewing platform is accessible from just below the lantern house, (views below).
This lighthouse is at Mouille Point even though it called the Green Point lighthouse. It is very easily accessible from the beach road with adequate parking and was thus an easy tick in our quest.