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Paternoster is a small, traditional fishing village turned holiday destination. It is located on the northern shores of a small cape, Cape Columbine, on the west coast of South Africa.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Follow the R27 north from Cape Town for about 120 km. Take the R45 turnoff west to Vredenburg. Drive through Vredenburg and keep on the R45 until you reach Paternoster.

By bus[edit]

Elwierda Bus Company (+27 21 418-4673) runs a daily service from Cape Town to Vredenburg. Some accommodation establishments, such as the Beach Camp in Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, will be happy to collect you in Vredenburg.

Get around[edit]


  • 1 [dead link] Cape Columbine Lighthouse, +27 21 449-2400, . A relatively new and modern lighthouse commissioned in 1936. Cape Columbine Lighthouse (Q13035114) on Wikidata
  • Whale and dolphin watching. The cold water of the Benguela current running along the west coast of South Africa is a favourite habitat to many dolphin and whales. The best time for whale watching is from later July to September
  • Wildflowers. Between August and September the whole area is normally covered in spectacular wildflowers



Fishermen selling their catch of the day at the beach.


The west coast of South Africa, and in particular Paternoster, is well known for good quality crayfish.




Go next[edit]

  • Visit the West Coast Fossil Park close to Langebaan
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