Dakar lighthouse

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Dakar lighthouse
Phare des Mamelles
Phare des Mamelles
Place: SenegalSenegal Cap Vert Peninsula
Location: highest point on the peninsula at Ouakam
Geographical location: 14 ° 43 '25.7 "  N , 17 ° 30' 6.4"  W Coordinates: 14 ° 43 '25.7 "  N , 17 ° 30' 6.4"  W.
Height of tower base: 105  m
Fire carrier height : 16 m
Fire height : 120 m
Dakar lighthouse (Senegal)
Dakar lighthouse
Identifier : Fl.5s120m31M
Scope knows: 31 nm (57.4 km )
Optics: Fresnel lens
Operating mode: 1000 watt lamp
Construction time: 1864
Operating time: since 1864
International ordinal number: D 3004

The lighthouse of Dakar ( French Phare des Mamelles ) is located on the Cap-Vert peninsula about nine kilometers from the city center of Dakar in the Ouakam district and marks the westernmost point of the African continent. The location chosen was the summit of the highest elevation on Cap Vert, the western one of two closely spaced hills of volcanic origin. These are known as " Les Mamelles " ( German  : breasts ) because of their conical shape .


The lighthouse , built in 1864, is the oldest in Dakar. In 1911 a renovation took place.

Technical specifications

The identification of the beacon is Fl.5s120m31M, so it flashes white every 5 seconds, the height of the fire is 120 meters above sea level and the nominal range is calculated at 31 nautical miles . The tower has a height of 16 meters and stands on the 105 meter high hill. Its beacon is next to the Cape Point Lighthouse near Cape Town as the strongest in Africa; it has a range of around 57 kilometers. The light from a 1000 watt lamp is amplified via a Fresnel lens .


The lighthouse can be visited freely. From the tower, but also from the hill, the visitor has a view of the peninsula, the Îles de la Madeleine and the city itself.

Individual evidence

  1. OpenSeaMap

Web links

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