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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.

Of interest

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.

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

On offer

  • 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.