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An historic fishing village with old world charm

The oldest fishing village on the West Coast, past and present meet in Paternoster. Life here is closely connected to the sea, with fishermen heading out in colourful traditional wooden boats (bakkies) to catch snoek in winter and crayfish in summer. Visitors can buy their fish fresh off the boats as they come in to shore.


Meaning ‘our father’ in Latin, Paternoster is watched over by the stoic Cape Columbine lighthouse. It stands tall and white in the nature reserve with the same name, and which extends all the way along the rocky coastline to include quirkily named Tietiesbaai. The reserve is a favourite camping ground for summer holiday makers who want to be close to nature and the water’s edge.


About 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, Paternoster epitomizes an authentic and traditional West Coast lifestyle, and local people are well loved for their humour, generosity and hospitality. Surrounded by fynbos, wheat fields in winter, and wild flowers in spring, Paternoster is also a favourite amongst snorkelers, experienced divers, kite surfers and flyers, hikers, bikers and kayakers. Virtually all year there are whales and dolphins to watch, and birding is excellent for endangered black oystercatchers and over 200 other species.


Talented local artists live and work here too, their painting, sculpture, pottery and photography on exhibition at various galleries and shops in the village. Foodies will also be spoilt for choice with renowned chefs presiding over excellent restaurants, some right on the beach.


Sunsets over the sea, long walks on the 8km long, white, sandy beach of Langstrand, seal and penguin watching, evening fires and seafood braais are just a few of Paternoster’s enticing attractions. Or climb the lighthouse for a panoramic view over the village and beyond.


Paternoster Hotel - 0227522703

Paternoster Lodge - 0227522023

Noisy Oyster - 0227522196

Voorstrandt Restaurant - 0227522038

Gaaitjie - 0227522242

The Square Spoon - 0722082047

Reubens - 0227522204

De Seekat - 0824455540


Things to do:

Beach Buggy Rides - 0227522222

Kayaking - 0825841907

Horseriding - 0827485595


Places to Visit:

Cape Columbine LIghthouse

Bird Island Nature Reserve

Fossil Park

Bokkom Laan

Berg River Estuary

Langebaan Lagoon

West Coast National Park

Rochepan Nature Reserve