Along the rocky and treacherous stretch of coastline near the town of Paternoster, the magnificent Cape Columbine Lighthouse – the last manually controlled lighthouse to be built in South Africa – stands. Like a white pillar of hope, the lighthouse watches over the incoming ships from within the 263-hectare Cape Columbine Nature Reserve - a wild and rugged area of mesmerising fynbos and Karoo succulents.
A particularly striking feature of the reserve is its pristine beaches, flanked by huge round boulders from which visitors can observe the splendid display of dolphins and whales breaching in the distance. Within the series of inlets of the rocky shoreline, visitors can enjoy some of the best kayaking available. Not to be outdone, the inland area features beautiful hiking trails through which visitors can admire the gorgeous fynbos. But the best place to take in the beauty of the landscape is from atop the 15m-high lighthouse.
The lighthouse itself is a major attraction and offers daily tours. For a true appreciation of the landscape, visitors can enjoy an overnight stay at one of the two campsites in the reserve. Between August and October, the West Coast wildflowers make their appearance, carpeting the landscape in brilliant colours.
- The 15m-high Cape Columbine Lighthouse is the last manually controlled lighthouse to be built in South Africa
- Pristine beaches flanked by colossal round boulders
- The series of inlets on the shoreline offer some of the best kayaking available
- Beautiful hiking trails snake through the fynbos and Karoo succulents
- Overnight accommodation in two campsites
- The West Coast wildflowers are in bloom between August and October