Cape Columbine Lighthouse

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Trip up the spiral staircase of Cape Columbine Lighthouse and gaze at jaw-dropping views of the formidable Britannia reef and Atlantic Ocean.

Fortress-like and spectacularly situated on a windswept headland, Cape Columbine Lighthouse is usually the first lighthouse sighted by ships coming from South America and Europe.

The prominent rocky point is just five kilometres from the quaint fishing village of Paternoster and is definitely worth a visit. Not only to explore the lighthouse, but also for the stark beauty of the surrounding Columbine Nature Reserve. In spring the reserve is strewn with wild flowers and the coastline is renowned for its sea life, particularly crayfish and abalone.

Built in 1936, Columbine was the first South African lighthouse to receive all three navigational safety features – a light, a fog signal and a radio beacon. The impressive lens system was also the first designed to use a 4kW incandescent electric lamp instead of wick or petroleum burners. Today it is one of the last manned lighthouses on the South African coast and offers interesting guided tours.

Mondays to Fridays: 10:00 – 15:00
Weekends and public holidays: October to April 10:00 – 15:00; May to September by reservation only
Entrance fee: adults R13.70; children under 12 R6.90.

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Beam me up - Peer over the frothing Atlantic Ocean and Cape Columbine Nature Reserve with gulls riding the wind around you. The long trip up the spiral staircase to this lofty lookout is well worth it for the sweeping views alone.

Samantha Black
South Africa

Accommodation near Cape Columbine Lighthouse

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

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Dunesberry Cottage

Sleeps 4 Bek Bay Self-catering in Bek Bay
3.48km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Situated a mere 40m from the beach, Dunesberry Cottage is the perfect spot for a couple or small fam...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

At the Beach 1

Sleeps 2 Bek Bay Self-catering in Bek Bay
3.51km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

At the Beach 1 is a lovely farm-style cottage located 20 m from the beach in Paternoster. The cotta...

from R1406
1 night, 2 adults

Hocus Pocus at Paternoster

Sleeps 4 Bek Bay Self-catering in Bek Bay
3.52km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Travel to the Cape West Coast and experience one of the five best destinations in South Africa, the ...

from R3000
1 night, 2 adults

Le Chaim House

Sleeps 6 Kliprug Self-catering in Kliprug
3.53km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

from R871
1 night, 2 adults

Die Opstal at Paternoster

Sleeps 10 Bek Bay Self-catering in Bek Bay
3.53km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Die Opstal is situated approximately 60 m from the beach in the charming seaside village of Paternos...

from R1100
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 6 Bek Bay Self-catering in Bek Bay
3.56km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

This is a charming self-catering home with lovely sea views located in the quaint seaside village of...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 6 Bek Bay Self-catering in Bek Bay
3.58km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Mikanoster is a spacious semi-detached family home ideally situated just 50 m from the beach in Pate...

from R1200
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 6 Bek Bay Self-catering in Bek Bay
3.60km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Wydkyk is located in the quaint fishing village of Paternoster, just 100 m from the beach.

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Stay At Emily - Bokkoms

Sleeps 4 Bek Bay Self-catering in Bek Bay
3.63km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Stay At Emily – Bokkoms is a contemporary take on a Fisherman’s Cottage, and is a guest flat attache...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults


Sleeps 2 Bek Bay Self-catering in Bek Bay
3.66km from Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Sardien offers comfortable accommodation in a top-floor bachelor unit. The apartment is ideal for a ...

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Samantha Black - 12 August 2011