Great Fish Point Lighthouse
Since the lights of lighthouses became automated, a handful of former lighthouse keepers’ cottages have been turned into self-catering accommodation with a unique maritime theme. I chose to stay at the Great Fish Point lighthouse cottage because it’s the most remote. The lighthouse is nicknamed Man with the Tuxedo for obvious reasons.
You get there via a rutted road through nature reserves, to a highpoint that has views of long sandy beaches punctuated by rocky headlands. There’s a braai, pool and play area on the terrace of the spacious twin cottages, each sleeping six. Birdlife in the dune forest is abundant, and the beach is isolated. Fishing is good here but sea swimming is best done at nearby Kleinemonde beach. Bird guide Anne Williams’ beach walks are fascinating, and beach rides with Three Sisters Horse Trails are invigorating. And come evening, the wink from Tuxedo signals sundowner time.