The Danger Point  lighthouse stands at the tip of the peninsula overlooking the rock responsible for the wreck of the Birkenhead.The Danger Point lighthouse can be reached via a tarred road en route to Kleinbaai, or on foot via a hiking trail that runs along the rugged coastline between Kleinbaai and Walker Bay..There are many reefs and rocks under the surface that made it one of the most dangerous sea routes in the world.The white octagonal tower with its red lantern dome  is about 18.3 m tall its revolving  light emmitting the flashes every 40 seconds stands as a warning and commemoration  to thousand of lives claimed by this stretch  of the sea over many century of years.The lighthouse was built in 1894; 44 years after the British troopship HM Birkenhead was destroyed on a rock just off Danger Point. The Birkenhead became famous because it was the first shipwreck where the “women and children first” protocol was applied. The 7 women and 13 children were saved, but most of the soldiers on board perished.It is believed out of the 643  passengers on board only 193 survived. A memorial plaque is on one of the walls of the lighthouse, in similar fashion to another plaque of the same wreck erected as a reminder in Arniston, just up the coast from here.The largest collection of Birkenhead relics is housed in the privately owned Strandveld Museum in nearby Franskraal.                                                                                                                                                                    One can climb the steps of the light house for pretty spectacular views out over the ocean, whilst Gansbaai has a reputation for being one of the finest places to spot the big two – that is  whales and great white sharks.039 - Copy