10 Amazing Facts about the Umhlanga Lighthouse

Umhlanga Lighthouse There are thousands of photos, paintings and memorabilia about this beautiful structure and hundreds walk past it everyday. Yet, how many of you know these facts about the lighthouse: The lighthouse on Umhlanga’s beach was completed in 1954 and is one of the most iconic structures on the coast of Durban It was […]

Umhlanga Lighthouse

There are thousands of photos, paintings and memorabilia about this beautiful structure and hundreds walk past it everyday. Yet, how many of you know these facts about the lighthouse:

  1. The lighthouse on Umhlanga’s beach was completed in 1954 and is one of the most iconic structures on the coast of Durban
  2. It was built to replace the Bluff lighthouse, which was commissioned in 1869 but had to be abandoned due to its rapid deterioration.
  3. It stands guard to some of the most treacherous waters of Southern Africa and not only warns ships of the hidden dangers, but the flashing light is also a welcome to the ships sailing into the safety of the Durban harbour.
  4. The lighthouse is fully automatic
  5. The lighthouse has a mains supply with one standby diesel/alternator set
  6. The circular concrete tower, painted white with a red band at the top, stands 21m above the beach and has a focal plane height of 25m.
  7. The fixed red light enables ships waiting to anchor in the outer anchorage, to monitor its position.
  8. If the red light can be seen, it suggests the ships anchors have probably dragged and is too close to shore.
  9. The official Warden of The Umhlanga Lighthouse is the Oyster Box Hotel, which was built in 1869 and was originally the first beach cottage in the area.
  10. The lighthouse controls are in the hotel office where staff monitor the controls and report to Transnet’s Lighthouse Service.