Cape Hermes Lighthouse

The Cape Hermes Lighthouse which stands at Port St. John's in the Eastern Cape, was built in 1903, using local granite from nearby. The old lighthouse was built under the direction of HC Cooper, and the eight-sided structure was named after the ship, the HMS Hermes, which conducted national surveys of the Pondoland coastal waters. The previous structure, which the Cape Hermes Lighthouse was built to replace, was nothing more then a ship's mast head light, which used to hang outside the signal station. Historical records of Port St. John's record the previous structure as dating back to around 1890.

The present Cape Hermes Lighthouse was built at a cost of a little over 6,000 pounds, is 13 m high, and features a 5,000 candle power beam, which can be seen as far as 20 km out to sea. The Cape Hermes Lighthouse flashes once every three seconds, warning ships of the hazardous Eastern Cape coastline.

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Kingfisher Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port St Johns

2.9km North of center of Cape Hermes Lighthouse

First cottage has 2 bedrooms both with a double bed and bunk beds. A sleeper couch and a single bed in the lounge can sleep three more people. The kitchen is equipped with a fridge freezer, a box freezer and a beer fridge

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Cremorne Seaside River Resort B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Port St Johns

4.2km North West of center of Cape Hermes Lighthouse

Our Bed & Breakfast rooms are situated in our cosy log cabins. They come in both double and twin formats so are ideal for couples or friends/children. The rooms also come with private access, ensuite toilet and shower and your own patio to relax ...

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Cremorne Seaside River Resort S/C

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port St Johns

4.3km North West of center of Cape Hermes Lighthouse

At Cremorne Seaside River Resort our Self Catering Log Cabins are ideal for your relaxing holiday. In either 4 sleeper or 2 sleeper formats they cater for both your family getaway or the romantic weekend away with someone special.

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Purple Indigo

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Port St Johns

4.6km North West of center of Cape Hermes Lighthouse

Purple Indigo offers comfortable, furnished, reasonably priced, self catering rooms, apartments and cottage in a perfect location, on the banks of the Mzimvubu River in Port St Johns.

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Mbotyi River Lodge

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Mbotyi, Wild Coast

24.8km North of center of Cape Hermes Lighthouse

Mbotyi in Pondoland on the Eastern Cape coastline is still wild. Situated in a wilderness area at the mouth of the Mbotyi River it is the perfect place for a peaceful, tranquil or adventurous getaway.

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Swell Eco Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Mgcnibe

44.2km South of center of Cape Hermes Lighthouse

Swell Eco Lodge offers exclusive accommodation with modern stylish interiors and traditional Xhosa exteriors. Our newly renovated lodge offers self-catering accommodation, ideal for couples, groups and families.

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