If you're done enjoying the ocean and watching the sunset, there are plenty of things to do and keep you busy in Paternoster!
THE CAPE COLUMBINE LIGHT HOUSE
As far as lighthouses go, Cape Columbine is young. Built only in 1936, it was the last manned lighthouse constructed, and it rests on a windswept coastline within the Columbine Nature Reserve, just five kilometres outside of Paternoster. The lighthouse is the first sighted by ships sailing the seas from South America and Europe. The lighthouse is also one of very few to remain manned by lightkeepers.
The region surrounding Paternoster is blessed with 3 excellent wine routes : The Darling Wine Route, The West Coast Wine Route and the Swartland Wine Route. All three wine routes are set in spectacular surroundings and offer endless views of the winelands and excellent vintages.
Beyond the beautiful beaches of Paternoster, the ocean lies in wait. If you're in the mood for adventure, why not try a private surfing lesson? You'll need a wetsuit, a board and a positive attitude. The rest will take care of itself!
The Atlantic Ocean is teaming with sealife, the most spectacular of which are whales. .
Whale watching is a popular and very exciting experience and Paternoster is well known whale watching point. Club Mykonos in Langebaan organises whale watching expeditions, but whales can also be spotted directly from the sandy beaches of Paternoster Bay, Voorstrand or Mosselbank beach. The best time for whale watching is between August and December.
WALKING ON THE BEACH
Walking on the beach is a seriously underestimated activity. The beachfront is right on your doorstep at Gonana Guest House, and while the ocean view from your room may be dreamy, the sand beneath your feet well worth taking off your flip flops. Not only is it good for the skin on your feet, but it good for relaxation and weight loss.
South Africa is a golfer’s paradise and the West Coast region of the Cape boasts some of the finest golf courses in the southern hemisphere. There are three courses situated nearby your accommodation: Langebaan Country Estate, Shelley Point and Langebaan Mashie Golf Course.
A visit to WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK is always a treat. The windswept beaches, the docile blue lagoon, the tortoises, antelope and ostriches, all make for a day out well spent. Make sure to pack a good picnic and head out to this popular national park.
The WEST COAST FOSSIL PARK in Langebaan has exceptionally well-preserved remains of fossil fauna that date to circa 5.2 million years ago. There is also a newly built museum on the site which is well worth a visit.
A visit to the west coast of South Africa usually means a visit also to the small town of DARLING. A visit here is like a fine wine: soft yet crisp and best enjoyed with good company, at slow speed. Visit Darling Sweets, the brewery and whatever you do, eat a cheese platter.
Immerse yourself in local culture and tradition with a visit to SIMPLY BEE SKIN PRODUCTS. Here you can find local and all-natural beeswax products that are made from the raw materials from the company's own bee hives. This local gem has successfully created a skin care range that is free from harmful chemicals, synthetic fragrances and parabens. Support local and support your skin at the same time.
If you're looking for a sweet treat and some fantastic baked goods, a visit to ROSEMEAD ARTISAN BAKERYin Yzerfontein will definitely make your day. Take a long leisurely breakfast of flaky croissants and pain au chocolat, feast on pasteis de nata fresh from the oven, and picnic on sourdough breads.
Voted the best restaurant in the world, WOLFGAT is situated in Paternoster on the Cape’s west coast. Named after the nearby Wolfgat cave – an archaeological wonder containing remnants of an ancient culture, this restaurant was named the world’s best in 2019. This small restaurant is a must for a unique dining experience on the beach with a gorgeous sea view. Wolfgat offers a unique dining experience showcasing a selection of indigenous ingredients specific to Paternoster as a coastal town.
DIE GAATJIE is just that, "a little hole" in the big expanse of sea and sky. Situated on the shore line, this
restaurant in a simple white-washed fisherman's cottage tucked among the rocks. Die Gaaitjie serves meals and great wines in a relaxed atmosphere, combining comfort with a varied menu focused on local produce from Paternoster.
The NOISY OYSTER is a fun and flirty restaurant that serves modern South African food. The menu changes every day which makes a good favourite if you're planning to stay a while! The menu is indicative of the complete experience you will have when dining at this Paternoster mainstay, and is well worth a visit.
The charm and atmosphere of DIE STRANDLOPER in Langebaan will leave you gagging for more. With your feet in the sand, treat yourself to lunch or dinner caught directly from the ocean, whilst the sea laps at your feet. Fresh bread, mussels in wine and lobster is always on the menu, and this is a dining experience you will not want to miss.
The VOORSTRANDT Restaurant is literally situated on the white sandy beach of Paternoster. This quaint little restaurant is an old fisherman’s house built in wood with corrugated roofing, on the beachfront. The Voorstrandt Restaurant specializes in fish dishes, ranging from Malay Seafood Curry, Seafood Platters, Fresh Crayfish and Oysters, perfectly paired with local West Coast wines and craft beers. Celebrate love or a birthday, either way, you're in for a lovely experience.