YSTERVARKPUNT LIGHTHOUSE

Day 1 on the Oystercatcher Trail Run

Directly translated as “Iron Pig Point” or “Porcupine Point”, the lighthouse is situated within Gourikwa Reserve which is the venue for the first day of the Oyster Catcher Trail Run.  The original steel frame lighthouse was built in 1964 when a ship carrying cyanide for mining purposes ran aground earlier caused havoc along the coast killing off sea life.  It has since been replaced by a beautiful new concrete structure on an adjacent rocky outcrop.

Well preserved ancient fish traps and shell middens are situated along the reserve’s coastline and pay testament to our great heritage. The fish traps date back to the Later Stone Age people (Khoi khoi) who roamed the coastline about 2000 years ago.  Gourikwa Reserve was established in 1994 after the building of a nuclear power station on the site was abandoned.

 

With an ample supply of fresh water, various species of game, including Eland, Cape Mountain Zebra and Springbuck was reintroduced to the area to go with the natural occurring Bushbuck, Honey Badger and Caracal.  The reserve also has a big variety of birds, and a stunning view of the whole area can be seen from Buffelskop.

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