Paternoster is possibly the most scenic and romantic fishing village on the Cape West Coast, reminiscent of a typical Mediterranean seaside village. Azure blue waters, lime washed seaside cottages, delicious seafood delicacies from the ocean and crisp ice cold white wine complete the perfect picture.
The laidback tempo at which this magical seaside resort ticks will bring any city slicker back for more of the same.
The town which lies approximately 150km from Cape Town is home to more or less 1000 inhabitants who still today earn their living from the azure blue waters of the West Coast Ocean catching their quotas of crayfish. On a good day you can bargain for fresh West Coast Kreef (crayfish) on the roadside.
Paternoster, meaning “Our Father” in latin, allegedly, took its name from the solemn prayers of shipwrecked Portuguese sailors.
What To Do and see in Paternoster
Adventure & Sport
- Fishing and Fishing Charters
- Kite Surfing
Eating Out and About
- Noisy Oyster
A new eatery offering local delicacies. Definitely worth a visit.
Tel: +27 (0) 22 752 2196
- The Voorstrandt Restaurant
Located on the pristine white sandy beach with breathtaking views. An experience not to be missed.
Tel: +27 (0) 22 752 2023
- Paternoster se Padstal
Here you'll find a delicious selection of homemade goodies for your self catering vacation.
Mobile: 073 476 6859
- Paternoster Hotel
Here you will enjoy meals from an A La Carte menu or a quick meal of fish and chips. Visit their famous landmark "pub". We'll say no more here... go and see for yourself.
- Club Mykonos
If you really need the bright lights and wish to flirt with "lady luck", Club Mykonos is around the corner. Fabulous gambling facilities.
- Bird Watching and Hiking Trails
- Boat Based Whale Watching
- Cape Columbine Nature Reserve (10km)
Is the site of the last manned lighthouse built in South Africa. It offers hiking, angling, bird-watching, diving, kayaking and beach campsite.
Tel +27 22 7151142
Fax +27 227151141
- Rocherpan Nature Reserve
There are two bird hides and various picnic and braai sites. Vehicles and visitors on foot are restricted to the vehicle tracks. There is no access from the reserve to the beach for vehicles.
Open daily 08H00 to 17H00 (May to August)
Open daily 07H00 to 18H00 (Sept to April)
Tel: (021) 659 3500
- West Coast Fossil Park (30km)
The West Coast Fossil Park is situated 30km from Paternoster. It is closely linked to the West Coast National Park and other tourist attractions in the area. Hiking trails and guided tours offered.
Open: Weekdays 10h00 to 16h00
Open: Weekends 09h00 to 12h00
Telephone: +27 (0)22 766 1606
Fax: +27 (0) 22 766 1765
- West Coast National Park (45km)
Birding | Mammals | Vegetation
Climate: Rain occurs mainly from May to August. Summers are dry with early morning mists with southeasterly or southwesterly winds. A temperate coastal climate prevails.
Open: 07H00 to 18H30 (June to September)
Open: 06H00 to 20H00 (01 October to 31 March)
Tel: +27 22 772-2144/5
Fax: +27 22 772-2607
- Wild Flowers in Spring
Paternoster Tourism Office
- Pottery from Gerhard Van Den Heever
Don't go home without a beautiful piece of decorative or functional ware from Gerhard Van Den Heever's Pottery Studio. Well worth a visit, you'll be back.
Tel: +27 (0) 22 7522 061
Fax:+27 (0) 22 7522 648
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 9949 734
- Oep Ve Koep
A charming store with an interesting stock inventory including antiquesand bric-a-brac.
Tel/Fax: +27 (0) 22 752 2632
Tel: 022 - 752 2323