Cape Columbine Nature Reserve Tietiesbaai

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is on the West Coast near the fishing village, Paternoster. It is the furthest westerly destination in the Western Cape. The reserve covers an area of 263ha along the rocky stretch of coastline. This area was declared a nature reserve in December 1973.

This reserve 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 about 50km.

Beautiful hiking trails and unforgettable sunsets right on the Atlantic Ocean. Camping doesn’t get much better than this.

Write to:

The Municipal Manager
Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
Private Bag X 12

R. Martins: 083 992 2237
T: (022) 7522 718
F: (022) 7522 015

No bookings by telephone will be accepted.

  • Allocation of sites: 
    End of February for Easter Weekend
    End of August for November, December & January
Province Western Cape
Region West Coast
Closest Town Paternoster
Distance to Town 5km
GPS: Campsite

17° 51′ 56” E

32° 49′ 2” S

Camping Allowed Caravan & Tents
Access Road Gravel Road
Vehicle Sedan
Trailer Standard Trailer
Caravan Standard Caravan
Sites Available 60
People per site 6
Ground Cover Grass & Ground
Power Points None
Day Visitors 150
Maximum Occupation Time is 8 weeks
Toilets Flush Toilets
Showers Warm (solar energy)
Lights None
Water Taps Yes
Braai Must provide own
Chemical toilets are recommended for overnight camping
Swim Sea
Fishing Sea
Kayaking Sea
Only those in possession of valid permits will be allowed to catch crayfish in the reserve
No fish bait or seafood may be removed from the rocks.
Animals No pets
Motorcycles None
Speed Restrictions inside reserve is 20km/h
Vehicles No vehicles are allowed on the beach.
No rubber ducks may be launched in Tietiesbaai
Entrance at own risk
Maximum Occupation Time is 8 weeks