The Cape Columbine Nature Reserve lies just south west of the popular weekend town of Paternoster, its entrance only 5 km away. The Reserve, which includes Tietiesbaai, stretches over 263 hectares along the Cape West Coastline. The vegetation is typical West Coast Veld, ranging from fynbos to Karoo succulents and between August and September the scenery becomes a bright tapestry of wild flowers.

In 1973 the area was declared a nature reserve and visitors will note that this rocky coastline remains untainted by development as the only building in the Cape Columbine Reserve is the last manually controlled lighthouse to be built in South Africa, a beacon amidst the rocks!

The Cape Columbine Lighthouse is an attraction all on its own, however guests to the Reserve are drawn here for the open space, the beauty of the unique landscape and the sightings of dolphins and whales. What makes the area even more unique are the huge rocks that sit just inside the bay, where one of the two campsites to choose from, lies very close to water and giant boulders which makes it the ideal spot for the fishermen and divers.

The second campsite, closer to the gate is the Beach Camp, offering huts and tents with more comfortable beds. The campsite, as its name implies, is situated right on the beach which gives a different vibe to your camping weekend. Camping doesn’t get better than this!

Things to do and see

  • Hiking Trails
  • Angling
  • Bird Watching
  • Diving
  • Kayaking
  • Dolphin & Whale Sightings
  • Sea Shack- accommodation
  • Seekombuis - Seafood Restaurant
  • Cape Columbine Lighthouse - and accommodation
  • Tietiesbaai Camping & Caravan Park


Day Visits Adult R19 and Children R13.

Overnight Camping between R104 and R152 per person

Prices are subject to change, please contact the Resort directly to confirm all prices

No bookings by telephone will be accepted

Find Us

From Cape Town, take the R27 towards Velddrift, approximately 130 km

Turn left at the Vredenburg turn-off

Travel along the Vredenburg main Road toward Paternoster

Turn left into Augustine Road and continue through the village

Turn right to Columbine Nature Reserve

Tel: +27 (0)22 752 2718

Fax: +27 (0)22 752 2015