IIf you're done enjoying the ocean, long walks on the beach and watching the sunset, there are plenty of things to do and keep you busy in Paternoster!
Paddle out between the rocks to see visiting seabirds, penguins and see Paternoster from a different angle. 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.
Be wowed by joining an e-bike tour and enjoy an unforgettable 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 and the surrounding areas on two wheels. You can enjoy the whitewashed houses and small-town charm of this iconic South African fishing village as you zoom through on your e-bike.
Find your bliss and breath through calmness and flexibility with Trudie at Yoga in Paternoster. Trudie is a Vinyasa yoga teacher and encourages all levels from beginner to truly bendy to join her.
Crack open an ice-cold Paternoster Pilsner, at Paternoster’s very own local artisanal brew, serving refreshing G&T's on tap with trimmings, six different Paternoster Beers as well as an alcohol-free sparking Honey & Rooibos on-tap and delicious westcoast inspired comfort food to go with it.
THE CAPE COLUMBINE LIGHT HOUSE
As far as lighthouses go, Cape Columbine in Tietiesbaai 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. Here you can explore some award winning wines!
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 (Paternoster is on the Atlantic Ocean), a board and a positive attitude. The rest will take care of itself!
The Atlantic Ocean is teeming with sea life, the most spectacular of which are whales.
Whale watching is a popular and very exciting experience and Paternoster is a 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 - Spring to Summertime!
WALKING ON THE BEACH
Walking on the beach is a seriously underestimated activity. The beachfront is right on your doorstep at Gonana Guesthouse, and while the ocean view from your room may be dreamy, the sand beneath your feet is well worth taking off your flip flops. Not only is the beach sand good for the skin on your feet, but it is 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 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.
The WEST COAST FOSSIL PARK 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 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.
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./p>
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 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.