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Name: Dassen Island Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Yzerfontein, , South Africa

Location: About halfway between Table Bay and Saldanha Bay, Atlantic coast.

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Photo: Courtesy of Michel Forand

Managing Organization:
National Ports Authority

This is a staffed light station. Dassen Island is an important nesting site for African penguins and other species. The island is managed as the Dassen Island Nature Reserve.

Tower Height: 92

Height of Focal Plane: 154

Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 30 seconds.

Description of Tower: Conical cast-iron tower with red and white bands.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1893

Date Present Tower Built: 1893

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Closed to the public except during tours.

Tours to the island from Cape Town are available; see or email

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