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Paternoster
The lighthouse in Cape Columbine Nature Reserve.

Paternoster [1] is a small, traditional fishing village turned holiday destination. It is located on the northern shores of a small cape, Cape Columbine, on the west coast of South Africa.

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By car[edit]

Follow the R27 north from Cape Town for about 120km. Take the R45 turnoff west to Vredenburg. Drive through Vredenburg and keep on the R45 until you reach Paternoster.

By bus[edit]

Elwierda Bus Company (+27 (0)21 418-4673) runs a daily service from Cape Town to Vredenburg. Some accommodation establishments, such as The Beach Camp in Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, will be happy to collect you Vredenburg.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Cape Columbine Lighthouse, +27 (0)21 449-2400 (), [2]. A relatively new and modern lighthouse commissioned in 1936.  edit
  • Whale and dolphin watching. The cold water of the Benguela current running along the west coast of South Africa is a favorite habitat to many dolphin and whales. The best time for whale watching is from later July to September  edit
  • Wildflowers. Between August and September the whole are is normally covered in spectacular wildflowers  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Columbine Nature Reserve, +27 (0)22 752-2718 (fax: +27 (0)22 715-1518), [3]. 7AM to 7PM for day visitors.  edit
  • Diving, +27 (0)83 480-4930 (), [4].  edit
  • Horse riding, R45 next to West Coast Fossil Park, +27 (0)22 766-1645 (+ (0)22 766-1000, , fax: +27 (0)22 766-1038), [5].  edit
  • Hiking, + 27 (0) 2281 51-518. Two established trail is available, one from Tieties Bay to Swartriet (17km) and the other from Paternoster to Stompneus Bay (30km). Managed by the West Coast Transitional Council. No facilities available on route. A permit is required.  edit
  • Sea Kayaks, Available at the Beach Camp in in Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, +27 (0)82 926-2267 (), [6].  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Oep ve Koep, +27 (0)22 752-2105. An old fashioned general dealer.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

The west coast of South Africa and in particular Paternoster is well known for good quality crayfish.

  • The Noisy Oyster, +27 (0)22 752-2196.  edit
  • The Oystercatcher's Haven, +27 (0)22 752-2193.  edit
  • Voorstrandt Restaurant, +27 (0)22 752-2038 ().  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Panty Bar, Main Road (In the Paternoster Hotel), +27 (0)22 752-2703 (, fax: +27 (0)22 752-2750), [7]. Well known for it's rather unusual decor, underwear left behind by Honeymoon couples.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Blue Dolphin, Warrelklip Street, +27 (0)22 752-2001 (, fax: +27 (0)86 671-4509), [8]. From R350 per person or R800 per night (4 people) self catering.  edit
  • Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, +27 (0)22 752-2718 (fax: +27 (0)22 715-1518), [9]. Camping or caravans only. No electricity or hot water. R57 to R82 per stand (max 6 people).  edit
  • Die Opstal Self-Catering Accommodation, +27 (0)22 752-2660 (+27 (0)83 988-4645, ), [10].  edit
  • Farr Out, +27 (0)22 752-2222 (+27 (0)83 410-4090 for German speakers, , fax: +27 (0)22 752-2222), [11].  edit
  • Hoekie Guesthouse, 38 Strandloper Ave, +27 (0)22 752-2077 (, fax: +27 (0)866 176 712), [12].  edit
  • Mosselbank Bed & Breakfast, +27 (0)22 752-2027 (+27 (0)83 701 6905, , fax: +27 (0)22 752-2632), [13]. From R550 for a double including breakfast.  edit
  • Paternoster Hotel, +27 (0)22 752-2703 (+27 (0)22 752-2773, , fax: +27 (0)22 752-2750), [14].  edit
  • Paternoster Dunes Guest House, 18 Sonkwas str, +27 (0)83 560-5600 (, fax: +27 (0)22 752-2214), [15]. From R350 to R750 per person depending on room.  edit
  • The Beach Camp in Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Tietiesbaai, +27 (0)82 926-2267 (), [16]. Located in Tietiesbaai (bay of tits) inside the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. Sea kayaks and mountain bikes are available for rent. Note that there is no electricity at the beach camp, though there is hot water. Tented: R132.00 per person or R167.00 breakfast included , Huts: R186.00 per person or R221.00 breakfast included. The whole camp (max 23 people) can also be booked for exclusive use at R4,200 per day.  edit

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Visit the West Coast Fossil Park close to Langebaan



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