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October 14, 2011



Paternoster (meaning ‘our father’ in Latin) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa. When travelling down the spectacular Cape West Coast, visiting the small fishing village of Paternoster is a must.

This quaint and unspoilt village is a mere 90 minutes’ drive (160 km) from Cape Town. This picturesque fishing town, 15 km north-west of Vredenburg, is one of the oldest coastal towns along the West Coast and is famous for its crayfish.

There are many white-washed fishermen’s cottages dotted along a long, white beach. In the village some of the atmosphere of a fishing community of a bygone era is preserved.

Paternoster is one of the last traditional fishing villages on the West Coast… most certainly the most romantic and peaceful place on this scenic and wonderful coastline. It’s a booming tourist destination with world renowned restaurants, kayaking with dolphins, whale watching in season, going to long walks on white beaches and the perfect place to go deep sea fishing.

Couples from around the world choose Paternoster to propose, get engaged or married, spend their honeymoon or celebrate wedding anniversaries.

Paternoster Accommodation

When looking for accommodation in Paternoster, Paternoster-Accommodation offers some of the best accommodation in Paternoster. We offer a large variety of accommodation for all tastes, ranging from luxury five-star Cottages to quaint sea-side apartments and everything in-between. We offer accommodation in guesthouses, bed-and-breakfast, self-catering, lodge and hotel.

After only 4 months in this business, the staff of Paternoster-Accommodation is already well known and appreciated for the personal and excellent service that they provide the guests.

We offer:
• Personal meet and greet. We take you to your beach house, show you around, make sure that everything is fine.
• Information at reception, in the house and anytime during your stay.
• Pre-booking or booking during your stay restaurants.
• Ordering and delivery of wine, wood, oysters, cray fish, snoek, ect. (on requests)
• Book and arrange fishing trips, ‘bakkie’ trips, trip to nature/game reserves (on requests).
• Renting of mountain bikes with a picnic basket (on requests).
• Renting of wet suites and body boards (on requests).
• A trained tour guide to take you to the best places for birding, flowers, game/nature reserves (on requests).
• Environmental friendly excursions with local fisherman.


• Paternoster offers many activities: sea kayaking, whale, dolphin, seal and penguin watching, walks along the sandy beach or among the boulders, artistic expression through pottery and painting, and certainly a region well worthwhile investing in Property.
• In spring many flower lovers stay here to visit the impressive Columbine nature Reserve just 3 km away. Columbine Nature Reserve is about 16km from Vredenburg and 3km from Paternoster. The bay, which is part of the reserve, has many picnic spots and braai facilities. There are basic overnight facilities and ablution blocks.
• Visit Cape Columbine, The last manned lighthouse built on the South African coast for more information about this fascinating light house and Paternoster.
• Tietiesbaai (made famous by Pieter Pieterse) forms part of the Columbine Nature Reserve and is frequented by campers and caravaners, especially in December.
• Nearby Tietiesbaai offers camping facilities and, of course, the Cape Columbine Lighthouse is always worth a visit.
• The Lisboa wrecked on Soldiers Reef – Paternoster: On 23 October 1910, the Lisboa ran aground on Soldiers Reef near Paternoster. The wreck of the Lisboa is particularly interesting because it was the first occasion on the South African coast on which radio telegraphy was used to summon help by a ship in distress. (Paternoster Tourism)

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