Safair – cheap, but remember luggage is extra.
Many airlines offer special cheaper packages for car hire when you book through them. Others include Thrifty, Tempest and First Car Rental. I have in the past also found some good deals through Argus.com, but these change weekly, so shop around.
You can take a partner with you. They can join us for certain lunches and dinners. These need to be booked and paid in advance. Partners cannot join us during any of the art sessions. When we are travelling for art sessions partners cannot be attending those.
The art program is more steered towards beginners, but as Dianne always say – we never stop learning. So artists of all levels are welcome.
Pack warm clothes, but also pack for heat, this is the Cape and you will most probably encounter rain, heat, mist, sunshine and cold – all in one day. Remember your sunscreen, a hat and keep dehydrated.
You need to be aware of security issues – it is South Africa. Crime is generally petty, but you need to be vigilant none the less. If you are booking accommodation with someone other than me, ask whether the house has a history of burglaries and that they need to put this in writing.
Places around Paternoster
West Coast Fossil Park – See the remains of short necked giraffes and many other strange creatures
Velddrif – Take a sunset boat trip on the lagoon.
Shelly Point has a country club, a golf Course and a Spa
West Coast Mall Vredenburg (15km from Paternoster)
Saldanha (Visit Slipway Restaurant and watch the boats)
Langebaan – kitesurfing, beaches, shopping, Mykonos (Gambling and Boat rides) and restaurants like Die Strandloper, Lekka by die see, Boesmanland Plaaskombuis, Driftwood, Pearly’s, Friday Island (my favourite), and Breeze Restaurant.
West Coast National Park – You can see some beautiful sceneries, a stunning lagoon with houseboats, the very rough atlantic, beautiful dunes, buck, ostridge and way too many snakes – puff adder, cape cobra and so on. Take a guided tour or stay overnight. William Slabbert offers guided tours to the Park.
Visit Darling, 80 km from Paternoster. Evita se Peron for those of you that knows Auntie Evita, Good restaurants like Bistro Seven, Marmalade Cat, Cafe L’amour and !Khwa ttu Restaurant. If you are a wine lover, DO visit Grootte Post via Darling (You can eat there as well), Cloof or Darling Wine Estates. Darling also has the biggest orchid hothouse in the Southern Hemisphere, Duckit Nurseries and is only open during certain months of the year.
You can also drive North towards Lambert’s Bay if you like road trips. I love watching other people and how they live, and different sceneries. Lambert’s Bay also boasts the infamous Muisbosskerm Restaurant next to the sea, serving seafood.
Stone Fish Studios – My favourite place in Paternoster. Dianne Heesom Green is an artist that manages this amazing studio with local and famous art works, and a very good selection of ceramic art works, a coffee shop that is cozy and free WIFI. She instructs in all art formats, and is an amazing teacher.
Paternoster Hotel and Oep ve Koep are landmarks in Paternoster, each boasting their cultivated heritage in Paternoster. The hotel will give you very friendly service (see their panty bar) and Oep ve Koep has great freshly baked breads and cupcakes.
At Paternoster Lodge, just a few yards away, you will find an amazing view of Paternoster, friendly service and good fare for eating.
Playing Gholf and Spa Treatments can be booked at Shelley Point at St Helena Bay
Recommended Accommodation in Paternoster
Restaurants in Paternoster
Gaaitjie – Fine Dining – Extraordinary
Noisy Oyster – Beautiful Ambience and Food
Ah – See the master craft in front of you
Voorstrandt – Great fare, right on the beach
Skatkis – beautiful food and elevated view of Paternoster
On the Rocks – fish and chips
Rubens – Fine Dining, sophisticated and classy
Paternoster Hotel – Local drinking hole
Seekombuis – seafood on the beach, local and relaxed