Eastern Cape Coast: Hood Point
Where is it?
Latitude : 33º 02.4’ S
Longitude : 27º 53.9’ E
How to get there:
The Hood Point Lighthouse is situated next to the golf course on the West Bank within the boundaries of the City of East London.
The lighthouse was first lit on 4 June 1895. Before the commissioning of this lighthouse, Castle Rock Light was the 1st aid to navigation that was erected in the vicinity and, comprised of a fixed white light located on a wooden structure with a 4-metre high square rubble masonry foundation.
This is probably the most popular lighthouse with resident staff as it is situated within the city boundaries, overlooking a very fine golf course, although a cemetery is located on the eastern side of the lighthouse!
The origin of the name is a mystery, although maps dating back to 1849 refers to it as Point Hood. The most likely is that it may have been named after a Lt. Hood who was a member of the team that surveyed the area on instruction from the British Admiralty in 1823.
A commemorative plaque in memory of 18 vessels that ran aground in the vicinity has been erected on site.
|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)
|Children under 12:
|Adult Tour Groups:
|Students (with ID cards)
|Central Reservations Office
||Tel: 021 - 449 2400|
Fax: 021 - 449 5625
- Guided tours of the lighthouse
- Curios and memorabilia on sale
- The large premises lends itself ideally for special events, such as weddings and wedding receptions and other events as a marquee may be erected on the premise.