The lighthouse is said to be the most isolated manned lighthouse on the South African seaboard. This 28 metre high, circular lighthouse with its distinctive white and red bands is manned by a solitary senior lightkeeper.
Due to the maritime danger that Robben Island presents to shipping, Jan van Riebeeck, the first Dutch colonial administrator in Cape Town in the 1650s, ordered that huge bonfires were to be lit at night on top of Fire Hill, the highest point on the island (now Minto Hill). These were to warn VOC ships approaching the island.
Garden Route Mall is set to become a truly regional shopping centre which will serve the interests of the whole of the Garden Route, as well as the burgeoning tourism industry.