Paternoster is a small fishing village which enjoys the best of the coast in this area.
Small-scale angling and crayfish netting is the primary economic activity here and accounts for much of the charm of the settlement, from the little white washed cottages where the fishermen live, to their colourful painted boats which line the shore when not out at sea. You'll also find the best fish and chips and crayfish on the West Coast here.
For those travellers who do venture this far off the beaten track, you should be sure not to miss Columbine Nature Reserve, just 3km west of the village. This relatively small reserve makes for a welcome contrast to the salty plains which are so typical of the area and was established to conserve the indigenous sandveld fynbos.
Here vast vegetated dunes sweep down to a pink shore of granite boulders, little coves and beaches which are tinted blue by the oyster shells which are washed ashore and ground to fine particles. There are some wonderful hiking trails through the reserve (see Vredenberg tourist office for maps and details).
Between Paternoster and the reserve, you will find the Columbine lighthouse (open for tours from Mon-Fri) which was built in 1936. This lighthouse is the first visible to ships from Europe rounding Africa.
For the more active, sea kayaking trips can be arranged from the reserve and offer the chance to observe the bird and marine life (including whales, in season, dolphins and seals) off the coast.
Suggested Paternoster itinerary
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Places near Paternoster
- Langebaan 22 miles away
- The Cederberg Mountains 75 miles away
- Cape Town 83 miles away
- Paarl 90 miles away
- Constantia 90 miles away
- The Winelands 95 miles away
- Stellenbosch 96 miles away
- Franschhoek 105 miles away
- The Cape Peninsula 105 miles away
- Hermanus 136 miles away
- The Whale Coast 137 miles away
- Montagu 146 miles away
- De Kelders 148 miles away
- The Overberg 158 miles away
- Sanbona Game Reserve 168 miles away
- Swellendam 170 miles away
- De Hoop Nature Reserve 190 miles away
- Namaqualand 220 miles away
- Calitzdorp 226 miles away
- The Cango Caves & Swartberg Pass 254 miles away
- Oudtshoorn & Surrounds 256 miles away
- Wilderness 283 miles away
- The Klein Karoo 293 miles away
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