Signal Hill, Cape Town’s beacon of hope

Catching my eye from every angle in Cape Town city is the “Beacon of Hope”. It is perched on the edge of Signal Hill, adjacent to Lion’s Head, and it has been getting a lot of attention lately.

I decided to take a drive and see it for myself. I found more than I was expecting!

The Beacon of Hope was constructed in large part with the steel from the original fence which surrounded Robben Island. It is the work of Cape Town Artist Christopher Swift and being a symbol of Apartheid, was constructed to encourage a brighter future for Capetonians.

It shines bright at night, and can be seen for miles from most angles in Cape Town. I was impressed!

Another attraction I found on top of Signal Hill (which forms part of the World Design Capital 2014 project) is one of 4 yellow frames, where visitors can take their picture in the frame with Table Mountain in the background and tag and share on Social Media using #lovecapetown as the caption.

This frame can be found in 4 different locations in Cape Town, all perfectly framing Table Mountain and with the GPS Coordinates. Eden on the Bay in Bloubergstrand, the Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha, V&A Waterfront and Signal Hill.

Signal Hill is also a famous spot for adrenalin seekers as there is a launch point for paragliding. It is only 350m above sea level, but the views are phenomenal – across the Atlantic Ocean, 12 Apostles Mountains, the bays of Camps Bay & Clifton, Cape Town city, Robben Island and so much more.

If you are less adventurous and would rather spectate, enjoy a coffee or ice cream from the vendors on Signal Hill, or pack a picnic and enjoy a sundowner while watching the sunset.

Signal Hill offers a full afternoon of entertainment and is not to be missed!