If you're done taking in the Atlantic ocean lifestyle of long walks on the beaches or if you’re visiting during the cooler secret season stretching from June to August, there are plenty of things to do in Paternoster!
Have our team arrange a fun-filled itinerary during your stay at either our Guesthouse or Houses, and find out why we love this part of the world so much.
Paddle out between the rocks to see visiting seabirds, penguins and catch a glimpse of the marine life underneath your paddles. The route is easy and geared for the enjoyment and safety of even a first-time seafarer. Dolphins, seals, and whales are common in the bay and the bird life on the rocks is plentiful and varied.read more
Find your bliss and breathe through calmness and flexibility with Trudie at Yoga in Paternoster. Trudie is a Vinyasa yoga teacher and encourages all levels from beginners to truly bendy to join her. We also host wellness retreats every now and then, so do keep an eye out for our upcoming events at Gonana.read more
Crack open an ice-cold Paternoster Pilsner, at Paternoster’s very own local artisanal brewery, serving six different beers, as well as refreshing G&T's on tap with trimmings and an alcohol-free sparkeling Honey & Rooibos on-tap. The brewery is also loved for its hearty comfort food to match every drink.read more
Beyond the idyllic 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 (Paternoster is on the cool Atlantic Ocean after all), a board and a positive attitude. The rest will take care of itself!read more
Be wowed on an e-bike tour and experience the feeling of freedom while riding effortlessly through the beautiful Paternoster landscape. One of the best ways to explore the quiet streets of this sleepy fishing village with its whitewashed houses and charm is on two wheels as you zoom through on your e-bike.read more
The region surrounding Paternoster is blessed with three wine routes: The Darling Wine Route, The West Coast Wine Route and the Swartland Wine Route. All three routes are set in spectacular surroundings and offer some of the oldest bush vines. Prefer to stay within Paternoster? The Paternoster Wine Lounge is a must!read more
CAPE COLUMBINE LIGHT HOUSE
As far as lighthouses go, Cape Columbine in Tietiesbaai is young. Built in 1936, it was the last manned lighthouse constructed and one of the few still manned today. It rests on a windswept coastline within the Columbine Nature Reserve, just five kilometres outside of Paternoster.read more
Paternoster is a well-known whale-watching point, and while Club Mykonos in Langebaan organises whale watching expeditions, whales can be spotted from your balcony and the beaches of Paternoster Bay, Voorstrand and Mosselbank. The best time for whale watching is between August and December.read more
WALKING ON THE BEACH
Walking on the beach is food for the soul with whales often frolicking not too far away and boulders welcoming birdlife. The beachfront is right on your doorstep at Gonana Guesthouse and just 150 metres from the Cottages, giving you evey excuse to take off your flip flops and feel the sand between your toes.read more
!KHWA TTU NATURE RESERVE
Enter the world of the San, Southern Africa's First People and experience the recently opened world-class embassy for the San people. !Khwa ttu Nature Reserve offers tours and scenic trails for trained guides, and is the perfect place to stop en-route to Gonana.read more
DAY TRIPS TO DARLING
Located one hour’s drive from Paternoster, Darling is one of our favourite day trip destinations from Gonana, with plenty to see, do and eat! Highlights include Evita se Perron and the newly opened Kossie Sikelela restaurant, as well as Darling Sweets and Darling Brewery.read more
There’s a reason that South Africa produces some of the world’s greatest golfers. Its golf estates and courses are some of the finest in the southern hemisphere, and very close to Gonana lies Langebaan Country Estate, Shelley Point Golf Estate and Langebaan Mashie Golf Course.read more
WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK
A visit to WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK is always a surprising 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.read more
ROSEMEAD ARTISAN BAKERY
If you're looking for a sweet treat and some fantastic baked goods, a visit to ROSEMEAD ARTISAN BAKERY in Yzerfontein will definitely make your day. Take a long leisurely breakfast of flaky croissants and pain au chocolat, feast on pastries de Nata fresh from the oven, and lush picnic on sourdough bread.read more
SIMPLY BEE SKIN PRODUCTS
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 beehives. This local gem has successfully created a guilt-free skincare range that is free from harmful chemicals, synthetic fragrances and parabens. Support local and support your skin at the same time.read more
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, but intimate 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 shoreline, this restaurant is 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
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 always remember. You will not want to miss it.
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 an unforgettable lovely experience.