Cape Columbine Lighthouse
Fortress-like and spectacularly situated on a windswept headland, Cape Columbine Lighthouse is usually the first lighthouse sighted by ships coming from South America and Europe.
The prominent rocky point is 5km from the quaint fishing village of Paternoster and well worth a visit to explore the lighthouse and see the stark beauty of the surrounding Columbine Nature Reserve. In spring the reserve is strewn with wild flowers and the coastline is renowned for its sea life, particularly crayfish and abalone.
If you’ve ever been to Paternoster, the standout will be the endless stretch of deserted white sandy beach. Think spectacular sunsets,succulent West Coast seafood, brightly painted wooden boats and friendly fishermen.
Paternoster happily remains an easygoing fishing village where you can buy freshly caught crayfish from locals off the boat. It’s a great beach for walking, sea kayaking, fishing, whale and dolphin watching, windsurfing and horse riding.
Drikus Horse Trails
Come and enjoy the beauty of the West Coast on horseback with Drikus Horse Trails.
There are various horse trails upon request, both for experienced and novice riders. From ‘1 hour’ trips to weekend party trips, you’ll find something that will suite your needs.
Stabling and camps are provided for visiting horses.
The Noisy Oyster
The Noisy Oyster Restaurant in Paternoster serves modern South African cuisine. The chef changes the menu daily and might serve black mussels in white wine, garlic and turnips.
The seafood is excellent – especially the oysters of course! Feast on calamari and prawns, mussles and the freshest of fresh fish dishes. For non-seafood lovers there are plenty of alternate options to choose from including pizza and steak.
Reuban’s is located inside Abalone House. Executive chef, Darren Stewart, likes to keep things simple yet elegant and believes in finding his inspiration in the fresh ingredients available to him, which change with the seasons.
Reuban’s is a highly recommended dinner venue in Paternoster.
The menu changes almost daily, according to the freshest available ingredients.
Explore the Paternoster beach and nestled amongst the rocks, you will find a simple white-washed fisherman’s cottage. This 80 year old building, known as ‘Gaaitjie’ has a warm, nostalgic atmosphere, true to its heritage.
This unique atmosphere of tradition and comfort has inspired an eclectic menu featuring local produce, fused with contemporary influences. Our food is unpretentious and made with love, using sustainable fresh local produce as far as possible. Our decor is modest and comfortable and our unique location promises spectacular views to compliment a memorable dining experience
Britannia Bay Beach
This beautiful beach boasts magical scenery and a typical Cape West Coast feel, with a pristine stretch of white sand, tiny shell-strewn nooks, and beautifully etched rocky areas. Swimming and diving is very popular here.
The village and beach takes its name from a British East Indiaman ship which was badly damaged by a reef in the bay. Rediscovered in January 1998, the wreck of the “Britannia Bay” has been placed under the supervision of the Council for National Monuments.