Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Situated on a prominent headland, approximately 5 kilometers from the popular little fishing village of Paternoster, on a massive granite boulder called Castle Rock a few hundred meters above the sea, is one of the last manned lighthouses built in South Africa, the Cape Columbine Lighthouse.

Prior to it being built in 1936 a number of ships ran aground off this coastline. In 1876 a troopship, SS Saint Lawrence landed up on the rocky coastline, with no loss of life. In 1910 the SS Lisboa, a Portuguese steamship ran aground en route from Angola to Cape Town with 250 passengers and 50 crew on board. Three more ships , namely the SS Haddon Hall in 1913, the SS Malmesbury 1930, and the SS Haleric in 1932 ran aground before the decision was made to erect the lighthouse.

The Lighthouse was commissioned on the 1st October 1936 and was named after the barque Columbine, which was wrecked there on 31 March 1829. The town of Paternoster was even named after the heartfelt prayers of the shipwrecked Portuguese sailors and means Our Father. Today the lighthouse is the first one to be seen by ships coming from South America and Europe and stands approximately 30 km from Vredenburg on the West Coast. This lighthouse was one of the first lighthouses along the South African coastline to receive three navigational safety devices, which were a foghorn, a radio beacon and a lens designed for use with incandescent light bulbs.

There are guided tours of the lighthouse offered as well as, curios and memorabilia on sale, a conference facility that can accommodate at least 30 persons in banquet style and 100 persons in cinema seating style. The large premises lends itself ideally for special events, as there is plenty of space for erecting a marquee tent, where weddings and wedding receptions and other events may be held. There is also a swimming pool and Jungle Gym for the kids.

Directions
Take the R27 from Cape Town to Vredenburg
Your journey will be about an hour and a half and you will travel through some very scenic areas past Yzerfontein and Langebaan and Saldanha Bay.
Then continue to Vredenburg, through the quaint Paternoster.

Visiting Hours
Mondays to Fridays 10:00 to 15:00
Weekends and Public Holidays
May to September - By reservation only
October to April 10:00 to 15:00

Please note that there are discounted rates for under 12, Pensioners, Adult Tour Groups, Students (with ID cards) and School Groups

For more information, rates, and bookings please contact:
Central Reservations Office
Tel: +27-21-4492400
Fax: +27-21-4495625
Or email: lighthouse.tourism@transnet.net

Accommodation Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Sleeps: 13 in 6 units/rooms

Paternoster Dunes Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Paternoster

1.8km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Sun tanning on the beach or in the courtyard around our private pool can also be enjoyed. Full breakfasts are served upstairs in our guest dining room where the formal lounge, small library and bar are situated....

Die Vissershuisie

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paternoster

3.1km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

The 4 metre wide glass doors of the large living area open onto a patio with a built-in braai (barbeque). From here (or from the living room) there are unsurpassed views of the beach & sea - ideal for whale & dolphin watching! In the living room ...

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms
From R 850,00
Per unit, per night.

Die Opstal @ Paternoster

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Paternoster

3.2km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Die Opstal groups,self catering accommodation is a simple but functional architectural style house based on the historical West Coast Fisherman's cottages as seen all around Paternoster. The house is designed with 5 cottages around the swimming pool.

Sleeps: 4 in 2 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Marlyn and Dolfyn

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Paternoster

3.3km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Marlyn and Dolfyn are two self catering cottages, the one above the other, in Paternoster. Very romantic cottage for two people, with a very nice view of the beach just about one hundred and fifty meters on a nice bottled path walking distance away.

Graded:
Sleeps: 6
From R 1 000,00
Per site, per night.

Limestone House

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paternoster

3.4km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Limestone House, Paternoster, is waiting to welcome you, whether you are looking for a romantic getaway for two or wanting to enjoy a family holiday by the sea.

From R 1 800,00
Per unit, per night.

Paternoster On The Rocks

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Paternoster

3.6km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Architecturally designed by famous west coast architect Jaco Visser. Designed to blend in to west coast culture, with original west coast features of sash windows and large hearths .It is the Ideal get away location. Close enough to the sea to fal...

Graded:
Sleeps: 8
From R 900,00
Per unit, per night.

Aunty Margies

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paternoster

3.8km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

Aunty Margie's is a nice big 4 bedroom house overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We can accommodate the bigger family or groups up to 8 people. View Paternoster's main beach and see the local fishermen go to sea in the morning and return...

Graded:
Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms
From R 500,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Farr Out

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Paternoster

3.9km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

The few minutes drive from Paternoster to Farr Out (TGCSA 4 Star) is not what you would exactly call far. But when you arrive in this sandy bushveld wilderness, you do feel pleasingly remote. Crunching up the glinting shell pathway you can see ...

Graded:

Paternoster Lodge & Restaurant

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Paternoster

3.9km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

The Lodge offers seven elegant, spacious en-suite rooms; all with magnificent sea views of long sandy beach. All rooms have double beds and in some of the rooms the beds can be split into single units.

Sleeps: 2
From R 1 000,00
Per unit, per night.

Thalassa

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Paternoster

4.1km North East Cape Columbine Lighthouse

The endless sandy beaches invite you to go on long walks. Quite often one can spot dolphins, seals and whales. Bird life is rich and the sacred ibis can also be seen. Fresh seafood caught daily by local fisherman, can be enjoyed at a number of ...