Photo by: Henry Stock
Nine kilometres from the village of Gansbaai on a scenic route along the coast of the Birkenhead Peninsula you will find the historic Danger Point Lighthouse.
The lighthouse was commissioned on 1 January 1895 after the tragic sinking of the HMS Birkenhead Troopship, on the dreadful night of 26 February 1852.
This amazing building with its three light flashes every 40 seconds is open to the public on weekdays from 10 am till 3 pm. Not only will you be able to view this wonderful structure, but you can climb up into the tower soaring 18,3 meters in the sky. You will be able to view the source of the astonishing light beam with an intensity of 4750 000 candlelight. Take in the mind-blowing panoramic views of the area where mountain, sky, fynbos, and ocean meet.
On the ground just outside the lighthouse you can view the memorial erected to those brave soldiers who perished when the Birkenhead struck an unmapped submerged rock only 1.7 kilometers off the shore. Over 450 soldiers stood fast while “Woman and children went first”. Though they are lost, they are not forgotten as an annual memorial service is held at the lighthouse on 26 February in commemoration of those heroic souls.
As it is a working lighthouse you are advised to call before driving out there to ensure they are open.
Lighthouse: 028 384 0530