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Places of Interest in and around St Lucia

Cape St Lucia

Cape St Lucia lies 15 Km south of the town of St Lucia, about 50km north of Richard Bay. Cape St Lucia is inaccessible because of the sandy road conditions and a four whell drive vehicle is needed to get there. Historically, people used to get to Cape St Lucia via the beach from Richard bay, but these days it is easiest by boat.

The section of coastline between Cape St Lucia and Bhanga Nek has the second highest vegetated dunes in the world, the highest being on Frasier Island off the east coast of Australia. The sand dunes are covered with lush subtropical dune forest and are home to some rare amimal such as the gaboon adder, samango monkey and red duiker.

Cape St Lucia is know for its excellent angling, and spearfishing. There are several reefs at Cape St Lucia and the Agulas ocean current comes close in to shore, but there is a very healthy population of bull sharks (known locally as the Zambezi shark), so be warned! By boat, it takes about half and hour to get from the St Lucia Estuary mouth to Cape St Lucia. Skippers are advised that it is not wise to go from St Lucia Estuary to Cape St Lucia when a strong northerly wind is expected.

Cape St Lucia Lighthouse

The lighthouse at Cape St Lucia was erected in 1906 and stills shines bright to this day. The tower is painted with black and white horizontal stripes and is equipped with a radio beacon. The lighthouse is fully automatic with triple mutual diesel/alternator sets. Life at Cape St Lucia for the lightkeepers and their spouses has always been a lonely one. With the exception of the period 1908-1912 and 1947-1951, one man has staffed the Cape St Lucia lighthouse. During the period of 1942 to 1946 however, the wife of lightkeeper Coward was the only women lightkeeper to be employed in the light service.

Cape St Lucia Lighthouse Details

Cape St Lucia Lighthouse - Light Type - Revolving electric
Cape St Lucia Lighthouse -Light Character - Group flashing two every ten seconds
Cape St Lucia Lighthouse - Light Range - 24 sea miles
Cape St Lucia Lighthouse - Light Power - 600 000 CD
Cape St Lucia Lighthouse - Height of focal Plane - 113 metres above high water

Cape St Lucia Lighthouse - Position 28 31 08 South, 31 23 50 East

Cape St Lucia Dune Forests

The dune forests at Cape St Lucia are home to a variety of rare plants and animals including Samango monkeys, Red duiker and Gaboon adders. Cape St Lucia is so remote and undisturbed, making it a perfect area for these shy animals. The dune forests at Cape St Lucia are under threat from dune mining because of the high concentration of titanium, rutile and ilminite. RBM - Richards Bay minerals, are already mining the area between Cape St Lucia and Richard Bay. For thousands of years the, the San people of Southern Africa lived in the forests at Cape St Lucia. The main evidence for this is the large number of ancient shell middens between Cape St Lucia and the St Lucia Estuary. The intertidal zone between the St Lucia estuary mouth and Richard Bay is rich, with large mussel beds, making Cape St Lucia an ideal area for shelter and food.