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Paternoster Snapshot

The Arniston of the West Coast, Paternoster ('Our Father') is a weather-beaten community of whitewashed fishermen’s cottages, toothless grannies dozing in the morning sun, lines of colourful washing and… rampant development. Like the rest of the country this pretty Grecian bay hasn’t escaped property mania and the number of spec houses popping up is a little worrying. Moving a mile or so up the coast from Paternoster, the road ends in a cul-de-sac at Tieties Bay, a pristine part of the world deriving its name, not from the female anatomy, as some may think, but apparently from a fisherman called Titus who had the misfortune of drowning in the bay.

Things To Do

  • Columbine Nature Reserve is a pristine habitat of coastal fynbos, seagulls, cormorants, sacred ibis and other seabirds – a place where you can spend your days fishing, crayfishing (with permit), walking, swimming or lying among the rocky coves.
  • There is plenty of scope for long informal hikes up and down the coast. Heading south for 17km leads to the village of Jacobsbaai, whereas heading north for 30km will take you to Stompneus Bay.
  • A tour of the Columbine Lighthouse can be arranged. This is the site of the last manned lighthouse built in South Africa and it has recently been revamped as part of a wider initiative to preserve the world’s shining beacons of hope and distress.
  • For a meal on the town, a corrugated beach shack called Voorstrand has the best setting – virtually on the water’s edge. The seafood isn’t half bad either. Open 10am-10pm.
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Sea Shack

Paternoster, Western Cape

Ten two-sleeper beach shacks on the edge of a secluded bay in the Cape Columbine Reserve - 5km from Paternoster

Social, fun, easy-going, friendly staff, and skirting the water's edge within Cape Columbine Reserve, Sea Shack is a getaway that’s without doubt, entirely unique. Here the shimmering Atlantic ...

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R690.00 nightly per shack.

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Fisherman Cottage (Paternoster)

Paternoster, Western Cape

4-bedroom holiday home, a stones throw from the beach - 15 km from Vredenburg and 145 km from Cape Town

Not far from the beach, this holiday home offers the best of both worlds, the charm of an original Paternoster fisherman’s cottage and modern furnishings of a renovated interior.  The cott...

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From R2599 to R3795 per unit, depending on unit and time of year

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