Paternoster is a small fishing village, situated on the Cape West Coast. It is a popular weekend destination for Capetonians and other locals. The name Paternoster refers to the “our Father” prayer of Portuguese sailors who were shipwrecked in the area.
The town is famous for its abundance of crayfish, its traditional fisherman's architecture and endless pristine sandy beaches. Whale and dolphin watching is a favourite pastime for 10 months of the year. After the Spring rains the landscape is transformed by the abundance of wild flowers which appear all over the landscape. Activities include long walks on the beaches, fishing, crayfish diving and spear fishing excursions, sea kayaking, mountain biking and hiking.
Close to Paternoster is the West Coast Fossil Park. It tells the story of millions of years ago when the region was covered with riverine forests and animals which roamed the forests but that have since become extinct. Fossils of more than 200 species of animals have been found here - one of the richest fossil finds in the world.
The Cape Columbine lighthouse is situated 5 km from Paternoster. It is the last manned lighthouse and was built in 1936. Its spiral staircase is high enough to provide incredible views over the Britannia reef and the Atlantic.
This tour gives you the opportunity to visit the Cape Winelands, taste some of our best estate wines and experience the special kind of West Coast hospitality and cuisine. Visit two factories at Clanwilliam producing two quintessential South African products: velskoene and rooibos tea. Overnight at the quaint Paternoster. Visit Saldanha Bay harbour and the West Coast National Park. In season you might enjoy vast expanses of indigenous flowers.
Highlights: Cape Winelands , Riebeek Valley , Paternoster , The West Coast , Cederberg Mountains & Wilderness Area , Bird Island Nature Reserve .
Porterville is a picturesque town approximately 140 km from Cape Town, situated on the banks of the Olifants River and at the foot of the Voorberg Mountains.The town was established in 1863 and named after the popular Attorney General Sir William Porter.
The seaside village of Saldanha bay is situated on the northern end of Saldanha Bay on the Cape West Coast in South Africa. The Bay is the largest bay on the South African Coast and a centre for nature conservation and eco tourism.
The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve (263ha) is located on the West Coast Peninsula adjacent to Paternoster. It’s is best known for the Cape Columbine Lighthouse (1936) and Tietiesbaai. Visitors can tour and ascend the lighthouse. The Reserve offers three basic accommodation options. Cape Columbine feature rocky coastline with small coves.
The Cape Columbine Lighthouse (1936) is popular with travellers heading to Paternoster on the West Coast Peninsula. Visitors can tour the lighthouse and ascend the spiral staircase to the top, where the light stands at a height of 80m above sea level and casts a beam visible for about 50km.
South Africa’s western seaboard or The West Coast stretches from the outskirts of Cape Town the Namibian border in the north, along the way gradually changing from semi-arid vegetation to desert. The most popular section is the West Coast Peninsula (West Coast National Park, Langebaan, Saldanha, Paternoster, etc.).
Reuben’s Restaurant in Paternoster is based at the exclusive Abelone House & Spa. Located in a quiet area of town, set back from the shoreline on slightly elevated ground, the outdoor patio provides sweeping views over the ocean. When the weather turns rough the indoor space is cosy and warm.