Top 10 Cape Town Out-of-Town Excursions

By Michael Sieburg & Alison Bradley
Platform tents at The Beach Camp near Paternoster, South Africa
'A' GRADE: Platform tents at The Beach Camp near Paternoster, South Africa (The Beach Camp)

5. Escape Up-Coast to Paternoster
One of the last traditional fishing villages along South Africa's western coastline, Paternoster lies about 90 minutes north of Cape Town and makes for a great side trip for visitors to Cape Point and the nearby private game reserves like Buffelsfontein and Elandsfontein. While the whitewashed cottages and fishing boats anchor Paternoster in the past, this town is quickly developing a reputation as a foodie's paradise through its abundance of fresh oysters, crayfish, and snoek, a local gamefish. The small town has an off-the-beaten-track feel, with great nature reserves and plentiful sea life. Outdoor activities in and around Paternoster include sea kayaking, whale-watching, fishing, cray-fishing, diving, hiking, and mountain biking. Just outside of town, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is home to numerous shorebirds, flowering coastal fynbos, as well as the distinctive A-frame platform tents at the 35-person-capacity Beach Camp.

When to Go: November to April
Driving Distance from Cape Town: Paternoster (100 miles)


Published: 24 Mar 2010 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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