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Name: Robben Island Lighthouse  

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Nearest Town or City:
Cape Town, , South Africa

Location: Southwest coast of South Africa, near Cape Town.

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Photo: Don Devine

Managing Organization:
National Ports Authority

The first simple beacon was established here in 1657. The name "Robben" comes from the Dutch word for seals. There was once a leper colony on the island, and Nelson Mandela was in the prison on the island, which no longer exists, from 1964 to 1982.

Tower Height: 59

Height of Focal Plane: 154

Characteristic and Range: One five-second white flash every seven seconds, visible for 24 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, conical, masonry tower with red lantern.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1865

Date Present Tower Built: 1865

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

The island, except for the light station, is now a museum. See for details.

From Cape Town, ferries to Robben Island take about 30-40 minutes. Call +27 21 419 1510 for information.

Keepers: Joseph Kannemeyer (c. 1999)

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