A light to stop a catastrophe!

Posted by Geoff on Mon November 25, 2013 in Sandbaai Travel activities.

One lighthouse can stop a major catastrophe, as I realised on the Lighthouse Trail near Pringle Bay.

Sunday was such a great hot summer day here in the Western Cape, and Charlise and I decided to embark on a road trip to make the best of this wonderful weather.  The one hour drive to Moonlight Bay, close to the seaside village of Pringle Bay in the Cape Hangklip area, is a pleasant scenic drive. Whilst Charlise set up our picnic spot on this magnificent stretch of beach, I took off on THE LIGHTHOUSE TRAIL, an easy walk of between 1 to 2 hours. (Tip: preferably wear shoes / sandals, Slip on a shirt, Slop on the 30+ sunscreen, Slap on a hat, Slide on some sunnies (Aussie slang for sunglasses). The trail hugs the coast line, and provides a great vista of Moonlight Bay as well as across False Bay where in the hazy distance one can see The Cape Point Mountains. Going around the point I came across a colony of Kormorant birds sunning themselves on the rocks, preening their plumage against a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. To the left looking across Kleinbaai (small bay) stood the Hangklip Lighthouse on the small peninsula.  

Whilst taking the photos of the area and lighthouse, I realised that this structure, maybe not as impressive as some of the other lighthouses on our coast line, has for more than 50 years been preventing ships from landing up on the ragged rocks along this section of the coast. So isolated, but yet plays such an important role – maybe that’s why we love lighthouses?

(The trail continues passed the Lighthouse and ends at the Maasbaai Slipway – where the car park is for the beach).

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