Sunday, November 05, 2006

CAPE ST LUCIA - Zululand - North Coast

Cape St Licia, although having the same name as that of the Lake to the North of the Umfolosi River, is situated 20km to the South. It is one and a half hours from Richards Bay along the Mapelane road (partly tar, partly dirt,) approximately 15 minutes from the entrance to the Mapelane resort. The locals are willing, and able to indicate the correct direction. Cape St Lucia is a picturesque Black and White striped Lighthouse. After seeing all twelve Lighthouses on the Natal coast, I do agree that this is one of the most photogenic. Though only 8 meters high, it is situated on a hill 113 metres above sea level, and the view from the top, of the aquamarine ocean and a shipwreck, is breathtaking. It seems fitting that this little gem was the only Lighthouse to have employed a woman assistant Lightkeeper, Mrs Coward in the early 1940’s. The shipwreck, is that of the Jolly Rubino, a cargo ship that went down in September 2002,( the ship got into trouble when a fire started on board, and ran aground a few days later, after all the crew had been airlifted to safety.) This brings to mind the importance of Lighthouses as navigational aids. A long drive but well worth a visit.

"Lord the light of your life is shining, In the midst of the darkness shining." (Hyms from e-sword)

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