Back on the bucket list – lighthouse visits

2015-12-17 06:00

THE Seal Point Lighthouse in Cape St Francis will be reopened for tours and visits as from February 2016.

Louanne Mostert, Marketing and Development Manager, SANCCOB Eastern Cape announced this at a recent Speed Marketing Session held by the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA) at the Summerstrand Hotel, Port Elizabeth.

“We are delighted to announce that we have just entered into an agreeement with Transnet Port Authorities, owner of the lighthouse, to reopen this historical monument to the public again after more than half a decade of being inaccessible. The Seal Point Lighthouse, built in 1878 was recently renovated, and with some final touches to be added to the interior, tourists will again be able to climb the 200-odd steps and enjoy the spectacular view from the top of the lighthouse.”

The Seal Point Lighthouse stands at 27,75m, making it the tallest masonry lighthouse in South Africa. Another interesting fact is that it is situated on the second southernmost tip of Africa, another good reason to turn off the N2! The lighthouse is still operational with a modern radio beacon, fog signal and fog detector. The 28m circular masonry tower supports a lantern house and second order revolving lantern consisting of 8 catadioptric lens panels. The lighthouse was declared a National Monument in 1984.

So although the 2015 December holiday makers will only be able to take photos from the outside, it sure is something to look forward to. Meanwhile they can pay a visit to the state of the art SANCCOB Seabird Rehabilitation Centre adjacent to the lighthouse, and participate in the second consecutive Penguin Holiday Festival, starting on December 20.

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