Paternoster is a very small, but very picturesque fishing village that is only a 90 minute drive from Cape Town and has therefore become popular weekend destination for Capetonians.

Paternoster is one of the oldest towns on the West Coast, well-known for its pristine white beaches, abundance of crayfish and traditional fishermen architecture. When you first approach the laid-back town it is the ocean waves that greet you and shortly after the informal crayfish sellers. Famous for rock lobsters, great seafood has become a wonderful and all-consuming pastime!

Visitors can spend time Whale and Dolphin watching for at least ten months of the year and the area is home to over 250 species of birds, of which most of the seabirds use the coastline as their breeding grounds. After the first spring rains fall the landscape is transformed by the millions of indigenous flowers which open and densely carpet the earth in bright bursts of colour (usually between late July and September).From quiet afternoons to watersports, there will always be something for everyone to do in Paternoster and the surrounding areas.

The uniform architecture of whitewashed fisherman cottages and the minimalistic local lifestyle enhances the beauty of this incredible landscape and is a welcome change from other tourist destinations along the west coast route. Drive slowly, take in the peaceful atmosphere and once you here you can stroll to almost everywhere you want to go!

Visitors can choose from an abundance of self-catering cottages, B&B’s and Guesthouses. There is also a family run Hotel as well as camping and caravan sites at Tietiesbaai.

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The area receives most of its rainfall between June and August.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 13˚C and 28˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 9˚C and 17˚C.


There are daily domestic and international flights into Cape Town International Airport and Paternoster is approximately 150 km away via the R27. Car rental companies are located at the Airport.


Although the origin of name is uncertain, many believe, Paternoster which means “Our Father” in Latin is derived from the prayers of the ship-wrecked Catholic Portuguese sailors. There is also a belief that the name refers to beads that the Khoi wore and that were called paternosters.

When the Portuguese ship, , ran aground on Soldiers Reef near Paternoster in October 1910, it was the time that radio telegraphy was used to call for assistance off the South African coast. 

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