Navigate Up
Sign In

Eastern Cape Coast: Great Fish Point


Where is it?

Latitude: 33° 31’ 10” S

Longitude: 27° 06’ 34” E

How to get there:

Great Fish Point Lighthouse is situated near the mouth of the Great Fish River, about 25 km from the coastal holiday resort of Port Alfred.

From Port Elizabeth the N24 past Bushman's River Mouth, via Kenton-on-Sea proceed to Port Alfred and 24 km away in the heart of the Sunshine Coast is Great Fish Point Lighthouse. From East London the R72 wil pass Kidds Beach and Kayser’s beach on to Port Alfred.

Of interest

Before the lighthouse was erected, two ship lamps were erected on a flagstaff at Port Alfred, but these lights proved to be inadequate. The development of a harbour at the mouth of the Kowie River resulted in the establishment of the Great Fish Point Lighthouse on 1 July 1898. It has an octagonal concrete tower, and although only nine meters high it is situated 76 meters above sea level. The tower is painted in black and white bands, to make it distinguishable from the surrounding countryside during daytime.


To the north east of Great Fish Point Lighthouse along the coast, lies Riet and Stalwart Points, from which three shallow reefs run out to sea. Many vessels had come to grief on these reefs, such as the Waterloo, a Cape iron schooner wrecked near the Fish River mouth on 5 April 1848 at night during a south east gale, the S.S. Kilbrennan, a British steel screw steamer that struck a reef and sank in 1907 and the S.S. Cariboo that ran aground on 24 November 1928.

Visiting Hours
Mondays to Fridays 10h00 to 15h00
Weekends & Public Holidays May to September - By reservation only
October to April
10h00 to 15h00 (As from October 2005)
Entrance Fee
Adults : R13.70
Children under 12: R6.90
Pensioners: R9.20
Adult Tour Groups: R9.20
Students (with ID cards) R9.20
School Groups: R5.70
Contact Details
Central Reservations Office Tel: 021 - 449 2400
Fax: 021 - 449 5625
lighthouse.tourism@transnet.net
Please note:
  • ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT
  • Arrival time is @ 15h00
  • NB - a fee of R150.00 per hour payable for late departure
  • Deposit payable = 20% (No refund if cancelled in less than 7 days prior to occupation)
  • Breakage deposit R400.00 (Refundable)
Banking Details
Bank Name :
Branch :
Branch Code :
Account Name :
Account Number :
Standard Bank
Sea Point
02-41-09
Transnet National Port Authority - Lighthouse Services
07-109-009-6
Seasons
In Season Dates 03/12/2005 to 22/01/2006
18/03/2006 to 05/05/2006
24/06/2006 to 23/07/2006
18/09/2006 to 08/10/2006
03/12/2006 to 21/01/2007
19/03/2007 to 03/05/2007
Out of Season Dates 23/01/2006 to 17/03/2006
06/05/2006 to 23/06/2006
24/07/2006 to 17/09/2006
09/10/2006 to 02/12/2006
22/01/2007 to 18/03/2007
04/05/2007 to 21/06/2007

On offer

  • Guided tours of the lighthouse
  • Curios and memorabilia on sale
  • Self-catering accommodation - 2 self-catering cottages accommodating 6 persons each
  • Swimming pool
  • The large premises lends itself ideally for special events as a marquee may be erected on site where, weddings, wedding receptions and other events may be held.
  • Jungle Jim
Accommodation
Dawn Breeze
x3 Bedrooms/Lounge/ x2 Bath Rooms , 1 with Jacuzzi / Swimming Pool
(Sleeps 6 only)
Per Night - In Season (Weekend = 2 nights) (1-4 Persons) R 820.80
Tariffs (Additional per person, per night - max of 2 ) R 133.38 PP
Per night - Out of Season (Weekend = 1 or 2 nights) (1-4 Persons) R 581.40
Tariffs (Additional per person, per night - max of 2) R 102.60 PP
Remarks 1 x Queen size bed
4 x ¾ beds
Evening Star
x3 Bedrooms/Lounge/ x2 Bath Rooms, 1 with Jacuzzi / Swimming Pool
(Sleeps 6 only)
Per Night - In Season (Weekend = 2 nights) (1-4 Persons) R 820.80
Tariffs (Additional per person, per night - max of 2 ) R 133.38 PP
Per night - Out of Season (Weekend = 1 or 2 nights) (1-4 Persons) R 581.40
Tariffs (Additional per person, per night - max of 2) R 102.60 PP
Remarks 1 x Queen size bed
4 x ¾ beds