Umhlanga Lighthouse

Description

Visit a lighthouse on the Sugar Coast that once caused an un-nautical stir – draped in a condom!

The landlubber nonsense on Umhlanga's beach was all for a noble cause and brought a massive HIV-Aids awareness message on World Aids Day. The red and white 21-metre tall lighthouse was draped in fabric to resemble a giant condom and inscribed with the message 'Know your status'.

So what was the reason behind this controversial transformation? Iain Buchan from the Unlimited Child, an NGO working in the Valley of 1000 Hills, says they wanted to highlight the plight of Aids orphans.

“The feedback I've had so far from some of our people here has just been fantastic. We're getting people sending us SMSes, blogging, just saying it's incredible, the response and the awareness. And that's really what putting this condom on the lighthouse has done. It's kind of shaken people's awareness to say, 'ok this is different, and how can we get involved?'."

Now it’s business as usual for the Umhlanga Lighthouse, beaming out nightly signals visible to vessels as far as 24 nautical miles away. The fixed red light enables ships waiting to anchor in the outer anchorage to monitor their position. You will find this landmark near the end of Lighthouse Road in Umhlanga.

Umhlanga Lighthouse Map

In and Around

Nearby Locations
Nearest Airport
Featured Destinations
Restaurants
 

Accommodation near Umhlanga Lighthouse

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R990
1 night, 2 adults

Dolphin Coast B & B

Sleeps 8 Glenashley Self-catering, Glenashley Bed and Breakfast in Glenashley
0.29km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

Situated a mere forty meters from La Lucia Beach, Dolphin Coast is a comfortable, private bed and br...

from R1,460
1 night, 2 adults

Five Burnham Guest House

Sleeps 16 La Lucia Guest House in La Lucia
0.34km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

This boutique guest house offers luxury accommodation, designed to complement the serene atmosphere ...

from R8,000
1 night, 2 adults

Brigadoon House

Sleeps 21 La Lucia Private Home, La Lucia Self-catering in La Lucia
0.40km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

Central to the Umhlanga Coastline region is the holiday village of Umhlanga Rocks, which was origina...

from R2,400
1 night, 2 adults

Ebbtide On The Beach

Sleeps 6 Umhlanga Rocks Guest House, Umhlanga Rocks Bed and Breakfast in Umhlanga Rocks
0.57km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

Ebbtide On The Beach offers luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in Umhlanga. This secluded home s...

from R1,320
1 night, 2 adults

Burnham House

Sleeps 15 La Lucia Self-catering, La Lucia Bed and Breakfast in La Lucia
0.59km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

Burnham House is positioned over the warm Indian Ocean in the sub-tropical town of Umhlanga on the K...

from R2,150
1 night, 2 adults

Seashelles

Sleeps 9 Umhlanga Rocks Self-catering in Umhlanga Rocks
0.62km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

Spectacular ocean views from the terrace of every suite, impressive architecture, refined luxury and...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

Sandy Ridge B & B

Sleeps 34 Umhlanga Rocks Bed and Breakfast in Umhlanga Rocks
0.75km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

Sandy Ridge B&B provides luxury, spacious accommodation situated on the Sugar Coast of KwaZulu-Natal...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Palm Gardens

Sleeps 11 La Lucia Guest House in La Lucia
0.85km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

Enjoy affordable luxury accommodation situated in La Lucia, within minutes from La Lucia Mall, Virgi...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Chartwell Guest House

Sleeps 21 Umhlanga Rocks Guest House, Umhlanga Rocks Self-catering in Umhlanga Rocks
0.90km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, Chartwell Guest House has it all. We offer five...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

African Dreamz B&B

Sleeps 14 Umhlanga Rocks Bed and Breakfast in Umhlanga Rocks
0.93km from Umhlanga Lighthouse

Our luxury accommodation provides a tranquil environment that extends from the relaxing pool terrace...

 
  • Popular Attractions