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.

Play

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.

Explore

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

Visit

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

Indulge

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.

Nourish 

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.

Connect 

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

Kuier

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.

Pamper 

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.

Wander 

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 lighthouse.tourism@transnet.net 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!