Lighthouse, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa

MARCH 2004 – Tourists walk up the stairs to the lighthouse at the Cape of Good Hope near Cape Town, South Africa. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Ah, the silence! The peace! The nature! – At least, that’s how I imagined our visit to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. The drive to the Cape was stunning and confirmed my thoughts. Turn after turn we discovered new sights, and there were just very few cars and buses on the road. Awesome!

However, once we arrived at the parking lot, we were overwhelmed by the number of visitors who walked up and down the stairs to the lighthouse. Nothing wrong with that, of course, as everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the views, but it was a bit of a turn-off for us (probably because we were not prepared for this stampede.)

Anyway, the lighthouse sits 238 meters high above the water. You can either take a brief ride on a train or walk up the steps. As it is going all way up, we recommend to take the train up and walk down which is much easier.

The lighthouse is not in use anymore. It has been replaced by a smaller automatic one that is located closely to the shoreline below the old lighthouse.

Despite the masses of people, it was an overall good experience, and I still recommend to visit this truly unique location.

The high resolution image

Capture Date03-MAR-2004
LocationCape of Good Hope, South Africa
Camera Canon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3951 x 5739 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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