Explore and enjoy the simple allure of whitewashed fisherman’s cottages in an unspoilt fishing village. The cottages are over 100 years old and are still inhabited. Paternoster means “Our Father”, referring to the prayers of shipwrecked Portuguese sailors.
Adventure And Sport
Angling: Angling and seasonal crayfishing can be done from boat or land.
Diving and Spear-fishing: These activities are particularly popular.
Hiking: Hiking trails lead across the landscape from Tieties Bay to Swartriet and from Paternoster to Stompneus Bay.
Fauna And Flora
Cape Columbine Nature Reserve: The considerable attractions of the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve include wild flowers, fynbos-covered dunes, rock pools, shell-strewn stretches of sand and richly diverse bird life. The sounds of seagulls, cormorants, sacred ibis and many other seabirds fill the air of the reserve along this rocky stretch of coast south of Paternoster.
Wild Flowers: Beautiful wild flowers bloom in the area, especially during August and September.
Whales and dolphins: Whales and dolphins frequent the waters off Paternoster for almost ten months of the year.
History And Architecture
Cape Columbine Lighthouse: The lighthouse at Cape Columbine was built in 1936 and is the last manned lighthouse in the country. It was also the first lighthouse to receive all three navigational safety features, namely a light, fog signal and a radio beacon.