Sunday, May 22, 2016

Slangkop Point Lighthouse

On my last travel to the beautiful country of South Africa, I managed to take this shot of a historic site, the Slangkop Point lighthouse in *Kommetjie. Having quite a history dating back over a century ago. The Slangkop Point lighthouse became fully automated in 1979, but is still one of the few lighthouses in the world to be manned by a light-keeper known these days as a 'lighthouse officer'.

*Kommetjie is also a premier site for observing seabirds. It forms part of the fynbos biome, and possesses some rare and highly sought-after plants that are threatened by alien species, especially those of Australian origin. Nearby Noordhoek Valley and the wetland opposite offer varied habitat to more than 150 different bird species.
Under the welcome shade of ancient oaks you’ll find the Noordhoek Farm Village, where eclectic shopping opportunities mix with art, wine, fine dining and overnight accommodation. However, for the more adventurous, a number of hiking trails – from one to four hours’ duration – wind through the mountains surrounding the Noordhoek Valley.
This rural and well-preserved area near Cape Town always has a peaceful atmosphere, even in peak holiday season.
Kommetjie is also world-famous for surfing events, cray fishing, and long summer nights.