Travel Guide
Stay in whitewashed cottages, try the lobster and visit the lighthouse that was built to prevent shipwrecks in this infamously dangerous area.

Paternoster is a quiet coastal town steeped in fishing tradition beside a picturesque nature reserve. Its jagged cliffs and boulders provide a rustic charm to this serene hamlet by the ocean. Appreciate the old-time setting in one of the West Coast’s earliest villages. The town relies heavily on its booming lobster and oyster industries. Note that its name is Latin for “Our Father.”

The highlight of the area is the iconic Cape Columbine Lighthouse, which is the last of South Africa’s lighthouses built as a manned site. It is named after one of the many shipwrecks that occurred here in the 19th and 20th centuries. Climb to the viewing tower for a panoramic vista of the village and the picturesque countryside.

Stroll along the quiet trails that lead through the scenic grounds of the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, which includes Tietiesbaai. Stay at one of the whitewashed cottages near the lighthouse.

The town of Paternoster has a relaxed atmosphere with many spas and lodges. Dine on seafood specialties, such as dried mullet and lobster, at one of the restaurants. Enjoy the colorful wildflowers decorating the town.

Bring your kids to the scenic Paternoster Beach, which is flanked by white boulders and rocky cliffs. The beach is usually lively, with working fishermen searching for the catch of the day from their colorful fishing boats. Lay down a blanket and sunbathe, before splashing around in the cool ocean water of the West Coast.

Find the town on the picturesque West Coast in southwestern South Africa. Drive north along the coast for 100 miles (160 kilometers) to get here from Cape Town. Nearby are the West Coast National Park, Jacobs Bay and St. Helena Bay. Anticipate hot, dry and windy summers that resemble a Southern Hemisphere version of the Mediterranean. Winters are fairly cool and rainy.

Paternoster is a sleepy haven on the sea, with stunning coastal walks and views of whales and dolphins.

Abalone Hotel & Villa’s
Abalone Hotel & Villa’s
5 out of 5
Kriedoring Street, Paternoster, Western Cape
The price is $83 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
$100 total
includes taxes & fees
Jul 12 - Jul 13
Stay at this 5-star luxury guesthouse in Paternoster. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Popular attractions Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and ...