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Traditionally associated with the crayfish and fishing industry, colourful characters and many a tall story, this is also a place of singular beauty which acts like a magnet to artists and city dwellers who crave the calm serenity it offers.

The Source of the name Paternoster (Latin for“OUr Father”) remains unknown. One explanation is  that the name is associated with the heartfelt prayers prayed by shipwrecked Portug Uese sailors. Francis Renier Duminy, Captain of the Dutch East India Company ship, De Meermin, did the first maritime survey of this part of the coast in the 1790s.

Columbine Nature Reserve

The reserve covers an area of 263  ho along the rocky stretch of coastline with numerous inlets and coves. This area was declared a nature reserve in December  1  973.  The vegetation of typical West Coast veld ranges from  the  well-known  West Coast Aynbos to  Karoo  succulent.  In  spring  (August  to October) the area is covered in a bright tapestry of  wild flowers.

This reserve boasts the last manually controlled lighthouse to be built in South Africa. It is usually the first South African lighthouse to be seen by ships coming from EU rope. The lighthouse wasbuilt in 1936 on Castle Rock.

The light stands at a height of 80m above sea level and casts a beam, which is visible for about TO km.


Life in Paternoster is still closely associated with the sea and fishing industry, but the traveler comes here to relax. It is a virtual paradise with white sandy beaches, romantic sunsets and some of the best seafood in the area .Whales and dolphins are regular visitors and in spring the whole area is cloaked bed in a Kaleidoscope of colorful wildflowers.


Activities include, hiking, kiting,surfing and kayaking. And a visit to Paternoster would be incomplete without a visit to the Paternoster Hotel’s Panty Bar for a drink…


Information supplied by SBTO


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