Green Point Lighthouse

oldest operational lighthouse in South Africa

The Green Point Lighthouse was first lit on 12 April 1824. It was the first solid lighthouse structure on the South African coast and is the oldest operational lighthouse in the country.

The lighthouse was designed by the German architect Herman Shutte. Building commenced in 1821 and was completed in 1823. In 1865 the building was extended to its present height.

Many locals mistakenly refer to the Green Point lighthouse as the Mouille Point lighthouse. There was indeed a Mouille Point lighthouse, built in 1842, but it was dismantled sometime in the 1920's.

The Green point lighthouse is a national heritage site and is open to the public for a fee.

Green Point Lighthouse

Green Point Lighthouse (photo: David Stanley, Creative Commons license)


  • Decimal degrees: -33.901407 (Latitude) 18.399942 (Longitude)
  • Degrees, Minutes & Seconds: S33 54 05 (Latitude) E18 23 59 (Longitude)
  • GPS: S 33 54.084 (Latitude) E 18 23.997 (Longitude)
  • UTM: 34S 259582 (X) 6245732 (Y)
  • Above sea level: 26 ft / 8 m


Beach Road, Green Point, Cape Town

... also in the Green Point.