Cape Columbine Lighthouse

A historic picnic spot with a view

It’s usually the first lighthouse sighted by ships coming in from South America and Europe, but it took 30 years before the construction of the Cape Columbine Lighthouse got the nod – much to the relief of the local fishing community. Before it was built in 1936, the West Coast was infamous for shipwrecks. Today the magnificent classic lighthouse set within the Columbine Nature Reserve still has a dedicated light-keeper. 

Wind up the spiral staircase and enjoy jaw-dropping views of the coastline alongside the stark beauty of the surrounding reserve which, in spring, is strewn with wild flowers. It has become a favoured picnic site for day visitors to the reserve and also offers interesting guided tours. It is also one of only four lighthouses in South Africa offering overnight accommodation. And while you’re there you can visit popular neighbouring holiday villages – enjoy a cocktail at the Saldanha harbour or a beer at the delightfully naughty Panty Bar in Paternoster, see the dolphins off St Helena Bay or take a coastal hike on the trail near Jacob’s Bay.

Wind up the spiral staircase and enjoy jaw-dropping views of the coastline alongside the stark beauty of the surrounding reserve...

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