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Paternoster and Cape Columbine

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Paternoster is a small, quaint and picturesque fishing village about 145km (90 minutes drive) from Cape Town and 15km north west of Vredenburg.

A favourite west coast getaway for backpackers, Paternoster is famous for its abundance of crayfish and all year round destination status. The little village is instantly recognisable for its traditional fisherman’s architecture and endless pristine sandy white beaches.

Budget travellers can delight in watching whales and dolphins ten months out of twelve, the spectacular carpet of indigenous flowers that cover the landscape after the first spring rains, and over 250 species of birds with seabirds that chose this coastline as their breeding ground and the West Coast Fossil Park close to Langebaan.

To the south of the town lies the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve and lighthouse (named after the Columbine wreck of 1829) which marks a navigational point for ships approaching from Europe and America.

Thanks to the icy Atlantic Ocean, summer is cooled by a fresh sea breeze and a plunge into the bracing water will wake every nerve in your body. Early risers can meet the small fishing boats on their return from their sunrise sojourn and buy a fresh fish. Mmm.

The Beach Camp offers backpacker accommodation in A-frame huts and tents that are literally on the beach.