Image of World's Brightest Lighthouse is Striking Souvenir from South Africa
This beautiful picture of the lighthouse at Cape Point is an impressive and memorable scene that has been memorialized for you on this collectible Worldwide Gifts refrigerator magnet. The Cape of Good Hope is one of the world's most notable landmarks, a sight that holds great significance in the historical development of shipping and trade with Europe and the Far East.
Although the Cape of Good Hope is not technically the actual point where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, (that's Cape Aghulas, 90 miles east-southeast) it was believed to be the turning point around the southern tip of the African continent and the spot when explorers first realized their dream of discovering a trade route to the Far East. When the Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese ship's captain, rounded the Cape in 1488, he named it Cabo das Tormentas, Cape of Storms.
Visiting the Cape of Good Hope Today
Today this breathtaking spot is part of a protected nature reserve in Table Mountain National Park and the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Cars can reach the famous Cape by driving from Cape Town along the coast road of Cape Peninsula, or by approaching from the east along False Bay, where you can see the famous South African Penguin colonies at Boulders. A steep climb from the parking lot takes you to the top of the iconic lighthouse and provides an unforgettable and incredible vista.
You can look out upon the horizon of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, or turn around and see the entire African continent stretched out at your feet. Whether it is a brilliant blue sky and a sunny day, or stark grey storm clouds are hovering on the horizon, the view from this lighthouse is one you'll never forget.