Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
This reserve on the West Coast, also known by locals as Tittiesbaai reserve, is 5km from the picturesque seaside village of Paternoster. It comprises 263 hectares of beautiful, rocky coastline with completely unspoilt terrain and only a lighthouse that offers any signs of habitation.
This lighthouse is the last manned one in South Africa and was named after a British barque “Columbine” that sank off the nearby rocks in 1829. Built on a large outcrop called Castle Rock in 1936, it is said to be the first light that ships spy when sailing from South America and Europe.
There are two camping spots in the reserve and in season fabulous whale watching from up close and personal on the shore. Dolphin and seals are regular visitors in these waters and crayfish can be caught with permits.
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Hiking – dig out those boots and follow the coastline as far as you fancy! Completely unspoilt with views forever over the ocean and very few other hikers.
Cape Columbine Lighthouse – visit this working lighthouse and take in the views from the top – worth the effort of the winding staircase to get there! Open 10am – 3pm weekdays.
Kayaking – pick up a kayak on the main beach in Paternoster (weather permitting) and paddle around the rocky inlets. Said to be some of the best kayaking around and easy enough for a beginner! Booking essential.
The Lonely and Lovely Coast
This is a totally unspoilt reserve that forces you to relax and be lulled by the rhythm of the sea. Winter and mid week you’ll have the place to yourselves but even at its busiest it never feels like a crowd.
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