I hope to one day have the opportunity tick off all the lighthouses on the South African coast on my list of places visited. A lighthouse is just such a powerful symbol and the fact that each one is unique means that when you visit one its not a case of saying "just another lighthouse". In January I had the opportunity to tick the Slangkop Lighthouse in Kommetjie on the Cape Peninsula off my constantly growing list of places to visit.
The 33 meters high (41 metres above sea level) Slangkop - translated into English as Snake Head - is the tallest cast-iron tower on the South African coast. It was opened in 1919 and looks out over the village of Kommetjie with its surfers, fishermen and divers. Its main purpose is to steer ships heading either towards Cape Point or Table Bay around the dangerous rocks and hidden reefs of this coastline.