Thursday, January 04, 2007

SLANGKOP - Cape point

SLANGKOP – Cape Point

Slangkop is the tallest cast iron tower on the South African coast, 33 metres high, circular and painted white. There are 5 floors each 6.1 metres above one another and gracefully tapering towards the sky. The tower supports a 6.75 metre high lantern with a range of 25 nautical miles. This lighthouse is almost exactly midway between Robben Island and Cape Point. This lower site near the waters edge was chosen as less likely to be enveloped by fog. The lighthouse was competed in 1914 but only commissioned in March 1919 due to a 5 year delay caused by the 1st World War. The lighthouse is open to the public and situated at the coastal village of Kommetjie. A lovely one to visit

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