Due to the fact that so many ships died on Southern Africa shores, there was indeed a desperate need for Lighthouses to be erected to help warn sea captains of danger. Many of our lighthouses are located in fairly remote places, which makes it great spots to work into trips.
While most Lighthouses were originally manned units, modern technology replaced human operators and there are currently only one Lighthouse in South Africa that is manned for purely operational reasons - Cape Columbine on the West Coast. This will probably be the end of the era when the operator finally goes on retirement.
For those interested, there are more than one Lighthouse that offers overnight accommodation and many offers tours. Below is a map of lighthouse positions and members can download a .GPX file that can be loaded on a GPS unit or used in mapping software when planning trips.View the full size map.