The Lighthouse of Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. As the first sign of land to be spotted by ships coming from Europe, The Lighthouse is situated at Tieties Bay (Cape Columbine Nature Reserve), 5 km from Paternoster. Cape Columbine, commissioned in 1936, derives its name from the barque Columbine which was shipwrecked there in 1829 during a voyage from London to New South Wales. The nature reserve consists mainly of Strandveld - a combination of coastal fynbos and succulents, interspersed by rocky outcrops. During the early days of spring, the area is a dazzling sight of wild flowers and definitely worth a visit.
Flora & Fauna. Be sure not to miss the most scenic time of year to visit Paternoster for an unforgettable personal experience of the majestic flowers from August to October. The Paternoster Froetang (Romulea barkerae) is an extremely rare and endemic plant local to the area. Look out for the other species like Groen Agretjie, the colourful Bokbaai Vygie, Pienk Lewertjie and the Krulblaar Gousblom. Other vegetation consists generally of a low woody scrub species. The pioneer vegetation includes tufted grasses and sprawling succulent and semi-succulent plants. There are 1200 indigenous plants in the area!
Marine Animals, Mammals & Birds Abound. Paternoster is teaming with wildlife. With mammals such as the mongoose, small wild cat, duiker, grysbok, steenbok, nocturnal fox, porcupine and the occasional sighting of a strandwolf, wildlife sightings are common during your stay. Beware of the precious reptiles as many of them like the tortoise enjoy crossing the roads! Seabirds use this coastline up to Elands Bay as their breeding ground. Paternoster is a birdwatcher's paradise with over 250 species in the area including the spotted eagle and owl. Whales and dolphins are regular visitors to the quiet bay between March and November.
The Most Secret Cave in South Africa! There is an old unexplored cave that the local fishermen claim ends nearly 5km away in Varswater Bay. Here, there are famous and protected Khoi-San paintings. The Khoi-San are considered to the first indigenous people in Southern Africa. For those wanting an authentic taste of African history, the cave and its paintings are a must visit.