Family Glamping


It’s a local Paternoster secret but we wanted to let you know before the mad end-of-year rush starts… Family holiday glamping is now available at Sea Shack in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, situated between Paternoster and Tietiesbaai on the Cape’s West Coast of South Africa.

Carefree by the seaside

If you love the sound of the ocean’s gentle lapping against monolithic rocks in a secluded beach cove on your own private stretch of beach, all you have to do is lie in your comfortable, solid bed and listen.

Situated, quite literally, on the water’s edge, Sea Shack offers casual, self-catering holiday accommodation that makes the most of Nature’s unrivalled beauty and holiday tranquillity. Not camping and not a hotel, Sea Shack offers glamping style holidays or weekend escapes where you can keep clean, warm and live simply while you holiday, adventure, rest or relax away from home on one of the Cape’s more beautiful coastlines just ninety-five minutes’ drive out of the city of Cape Town.

Simple, family accommodation


New A-frame chalets for couples, singles and now families look out a stable doorway and far out to sea to the Atlantic’s horizon where whales, seals and penguin play. As the dusky pink light of dawn rises, step out to baptise your toes in the cool waters just two metres in front of you. Or open your door and jump right back into bed and watch it rise from the warmth of your comfortable cotton duvet.

Offering a safe environment for children, the family shack designed to accommodate two children under the age of nine, encompasses a small bed and a cot with a private enclosed patio so toddlers can move freely but don’t wander out of sight. Inside the family chalet a baby bath and changing table make camping with style, easy and stress-free.

All accommodation at Sea Shack, provides visitors with clean, fresh bedding on solid, wooden bedframes set inside A-frame wooden huts with their own deck and stairs. Living is easy with kikoi curtains to shade the glass framed windows and a split stable door entrance.

Separate but individual private ablutions consist of a water-saving toilet, shower and hand basin with mirror.

Campfires and shared kitchens


Sea Shack provides a galley style communal kitchen and indoor dining and recreation area with an outdoor patio and large communal fire for braai enthusiasts.

On arrival, camp manager Daniel welcomes guests and show you where to find your personalised cutlery and crockery boxes, the fridge, gas stoves and solar lamps for evening. Wood is available to purchase for those who wish to cook around the firepit.

For families who do not wish to self-cater every evening, there is a restaurant option situated within the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve close to the entrance gate or a multitude of choices in the bustling village of Paternoster, just a 5 km drive away.

Offering beautiful hiking trails and unforgettable sunsets right on the Atlantic Ocean, camping – or rather glamping at Sea Shack Cape Columbine – doesn’t get much better than this. Book your affordable family getaway now to avoid disappointment.

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About Paternoster

Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of South Africa. It is situated 15 km north-west of Vredenburg and 145 km north of Cape Town at Cape Columbine between Saldanha Bay and St Helena Bay.

About Cape Columbine Nature Reserve

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve stretches along 263 hectares of rocky coastline and boasts the last manually controlled lighthouse to be built in South Africa. It is usually the first South African lighthouse to be seen by ships coming from Europe. The lighthouse was built in 1936 on Castle Rock. The light stands at a height of 80m above sea level and casts a beam, which is visible for nearly 50km.

Activities in the area:

Guided kayaking trails, mountain biking, beach buggy rides, walking and hiking trails, horse riding, art at the Stone Fish Studio & Gallery, shopping at The Trading Post, eating at any one of the many casual and upmarket restaurants in Paternoster.

Camp Rules

Please be aware that these rules will be strictly enforced and non-compliance may lead to expulsion.
1. No pets allowed.
2. No fire-arms or any other weapons allowed.
3. No bachelor parties allowed.
4. No fireworks allowed.
5. No littering allowed – this includes cigarette butts.
6. Walk on designated paths only.
7. No motor biking, four wheelers or off roading allowed.
8. No launching of boats, rubber ducks or wet bikes allowed.
9. No loud music or excessive noise between 11PM and 9AM.
10. No illegal drugs allowed.
11. No removal / uprooting of, or damage to any fauna and flora allowed.
12. No fires allowed outside of designated braai areas.
13. No disturbance of animal or bird habitats, nesting or breeding areas.
14. No feeding of animals allowed.
15. Do not touch or pick up tortoises, chameleons or other wild life.
16. Only legally bought / caught crayfish (with proof of purchase or a valid permit) will be allowed on our premises.
17. Parking on designated areas only.
18. Only one vehicle allowed per cabin / camp site.
19. No caravans are allowed on our site.
20. Smoke in designated areas only.

21. It is your responsibility to clean up after yourself, both in the Kitchen and the ablutions. Failing to do so will result in a R200 fine.

Camp Rules (incorporating Cape Columbine Nature Reserve rules)

Sea Shack (Pty) Ltd
Reg Nr. 2015/360109/07

Suggested Packing List


At Sea Shack we offer a unique ‘Glamping’ experience living in and with nature. We do our best to provide everything essential to make your stay comfortable. We do suggest bringing along extra headlamps and your favourite fleecy blanket. Guests are reminded that there is no electricity supply on our premises but we do have solar powered facilities available for the charging of electronic devices. We do not have wifi but do have a reliable mobile signal at camp.

What to bring

  • A smile 

  • Mosquito/bug repellent

  • Sunblock (high factor & water resistant)

  • Hat/Cap

  • Sunglasses

  • Cooler Box, ice bricks & ice (we have limited chilling facilities available in the communal kitchen)

  • Closed shoes for hiking & your favourite flip flops for camp livin’

  • Books to read

  • Camera

  • Fishing/diving gear & surf equipment.

  • Guitar (for evenings around the campfire)

  • Camping chairs

  • Warm clothes for evening.

  • Wood & firelighters (we do have stock for sale at camp.)

  • towels

  • Personal Toiletries (please consider that we are an eco-friendly camp so if you could bring environmentally friendly soap/shampoo that would be great)

  • Each shack is equipped with a solar lantern but please bring along extra torches and/or a head lamp for moving around at night.

  • Sleeping bag/duvet (if you booked into a tent)

  • Each shack has the following linen & bedding provided; a fitted sheet, 2 pillows in cases and a duvet(s) with cover. If you would like to bring an extra blanket for warmth or star gazing please do so – the evenings and early mornings are a bit chilly next to the ocean.

  • We do not have a liquor license and therefore do not sell alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to bring your own.

  • We do have a small tuck shop at camp for snacks and essentials but please bring food along for braai’ing/breakfast etc. There is a small convenience store in Paternoster 5kms away for some goods but groceries like meat, veggies etc. can only be bought in Vredenburg 20kms away.

  • Raincoat / Umbrella

What not to bring

  • Stress

  • Equipment / devices requiring electricity (hair dryers, music equipment etc.)

  • Bright lights / fluorescent lights – attracts insects

  • Pets. We are in a nature reserve so not pets allowed im afraid

  • Glass (containers, bottles, drinking glasses) – people walk barefoot.

10 Things to do at Sea Shack

There are so many options that come to mind when contemplating weekend activities up the West Coast, that sometimes it can be hard to decide what to spend your precious free time on. I have listed below the options that can easily be enjoyed nearby or at Sea Shack.


with nature’s elements and bring along your surfboard, diving gear, hiking boots, bicycle or fishing rod. Take advantage of the energetic Atlantic ocean, several wonderful beaches and dirt tracks nearby.


by booking local is lekker activities in nearby Paternoster including horse riding, dune buggy rides and kayaking.


some great West Coast tourist attractions within a 45 minutes drive including the fishing village of Paternoster, Bokkom Laan in Velddrif, Langebaan Lagoon, The West Coast National Park, The West Coast Fossil Park, Jacobsbaai, Saldanha Bay & Piketberg. Further information on nearby Tourism related events and attractions can be found at The Saldanha Bay Tourism office at the fish market on the main beach in Paternoster


and go shopping for unique art & sculpture at Stone Fish Studio & Gallery. For uniquely West Coast mementos, casual wear and homemade snacks browse in Jem & Pantoffels, Oep ve Koep, The Trading Post, Junk & Disorderly and Dune Gift shop all situated in Paternoster.


yourself with a great meal in Paternoster . The village has a well-earned reputation as a foodie haven. The selection has something to suit everyone’s budget and taste. On the Rocks for fresh take-away fish en tjips, The Paternoster Hotel has everything from Crayfish (in season) to Burgers, Blikkie Pizzeria offers some of the best pizzas and views on the West Coast, Voorstrandt the iconic red roofed family restaurant on the main beach, De Seekat for delectable Sushi & Tapas, The Square Spoon for good quality & tasty family fare, The Noisy Oyster for delightful quirky ambience and great food, Gaaitjie Salt Water Restaurant for the special taste of locally inspired cuisine, Oep ve Koep Bistro with inspiring local chef & culinary storyteller Kobus van Der Merwe and Reuben’s at the 5 star Abalone Guest House is the brand of the South African masterchef judge and top chef Reuben Riffel and is a stylish eatery. Booking for restaurants is essential.


if you need an internet fix there is Wi-Fi and delicious Origin coffee to be had at Stone Fish Studio & Gallery.


around the fire at our welcoming Sea Shack Boma and braai with your family & friends. In Paternoster you can visit the infamous Panty Bar at the Paternoster Hotel for a sociable local atmosphere. They also have a TV for catching the Rugby.


and spoil yourself by visiting the spa at The Dunes Guesthouse for a massage or facial or get your hair done at the local hairdresser Hennie at Le Notre Pere in the Village. Booking in advance is essential.


along the many paths, dunes, rock pools and boulders of the wild west coastline exploring the beautiful Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. Include a visit to the Cape Columbine Lighthouse and the picturesque bay of nearby Tietiesbaai.

Lighting your way

There is nothing quite like the beam of light slowly panning the dark ocean or the moody hoot of a fog horn to remind you that you are camping next to the ocean. For many people there is something special about a Lighthouse. Is it perhaps the old world nautical charm, the romantic stories of sailors and their yearning loved ones or a light that guides you safely home after a long journey?

Need to know:
Open from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays), from 10h00 to 15h00.
You can contact the lighthouse on 021 449 2400 or for more information visit the Website

Within sight and easy walking distance of Sea Shack, Tietiesbaai is the lovely Cape Columbine Lighthouse. We recently took a mid-morning walk there departing from Bekbaai beach on the far end of Paternoster. There are two ways to go from this starting point – the main gravel road into the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve or an infinitely more interesting meander along the Atlantic ocean coastline. We chose the latter and it was a delight exploring all the small bays between huge granite boulders which are home to many seabirds including the Arctic tern.

These interesting seabirds are best known for having the longest annual migration route in the animal kingdom and travel from the Arctic to the Antarctic twice a year to enjoy two summers of breeding. Fortunately for us they stop on their long journey to regroup and re-fuel on the abundant Southern tip of Africa. If you get your timing right you might be lucky to spot these long distance champions – we did! But back to Light houses…

It was a leisurely walk between the small hidden coves and there is a clear foot path which offers generous rewards to avid bird watchers, nature loving trundlers and photographers. From Bekbaai beach it is an hours leisurely walk and if you leave from Sea Shack directly it is approximately 20 mins to the Cape Columbine Lighthouse. There is a slight uphill as you head up the Castle Rock outcrop on which the lighthouse is built. It is very manageable for most levels of fitness and of course, if you should prefer, you can drive by car or take a bicycle.

The Cape Columbine Lighthouse was built in 1936 and is the last manned lighthouse built in South Africa. It is said to emit the first light seen by ships sailing from South America and Europe. There were many shipwrecks along this treacherous coastline before the lighthouse was built.

It is very accessible, visitor friendly and well-run by the national port authority, Transnet. This 80 year old building has old world charm and is beautifully maintained. All the brass fittings, glass and wood shine with a well-cared for luster. There are three short ladders up to the top where the giant light is encased in a 360 degree glass tower. It is well worth going up to see the view across Paternoster to the North and Tietiesbaai to the South.

There are many lovely spots along the walk in the nature reserve that offer the perfect setting for a picnic. So make a morning or afternoon of it and go visit a nearby legend, the Cape Columbine Lighthouse. Say “Hi” to Jaapie, the lighthouse keeper for us!



Dark and ferocious

2am 4th December 1899.

500 soldiers and 350 horses

Dark and ferocious, the Atlantic is wind whipped and raging white spume. The time is 2am 4th December 1899. The good ship ‘ Ismore’, carrying 500 soldiers and 350 horses is battling a gale force wind. Still on her maiden voyage out of Liverpool, en route to Table Bay, she is bringing British Troops to engage the Boers.

Waves, wind and darkness win. The Ismore is blown off course, lifted and crashed down with force upon the rock now known as Soldaten Klip. Stuck fast and holed, it takes the Ismore three days to break up and there she still lies to this day.

No lives were lost, although it took a good month before the soldiers, among them the 10th Hussar Regiment and the 63rd Royal Artillery soldiers could return to Cape Town. Ox wagons and horses had to break new ground to rescue as no roads existed on this wild coastline. We still travel that first road today.

These then were the first visitors to Soldaten Bay, now home to Sea Shack and happy holidays.