Agulhas Lighthouse

A shining light at the end of your journey.


The Agulhas lighthouse, built in 1848, is the second oldest in South Africa (after Green Point). It was modelled on the Pharos of Alexandria and has one of the best lighthouse museums in the country so factor in some time to climb the red and white striped tower and admire the views over the rugged coastline, to check out the displays and to have your photo taken next to the figurehead opposite the entrance.

The origins are unconfirmed, but it’s believed that the original figurehead (housed in the Shipwreck Museum at Bredasdorp) came from the Marie Elise, a French barque that was wrecked near Ryspunt in 1877. If you bring some stamps you can send postcards home marked with a special ‘southern tip’ stamp.