Road trip to Paternoster and the West Coast National Park
“We left Cape Town in the early morning. After picking up our rental car from Around and About, we hit the road towards Paternoster. As a group of 5 girls - Ida, Lara, Anais, Lena and Lisa - we still decided to get the smallest car the company had, to save money. So you can imagine that it was a pretty bumpy journey. Anyway, two hours driving can be big fun when you are listening to your favourite road trip songs and enjoy the beauty of the west coast area through the window of your car.
Check out our road trip playlist:
- Roses - ABRA
- Unendlichkeit - CRO
- Just the Two of Us - Bill Withers
- Gold - Spandau Ballett
- Words Remain - Moderator
- Everything Now - Arcade Fire
Arriving at the Airbnb apartment which we had booked for the next night, we were all speechless in the first moment. A white house in a sea of white houses. We felt like taken to greece, and that only 2 hours from Cape Town! Each of us paid around 300 Rand for the night - a more than reasonable price when you consider the facilities of the house. Two bedrooms with huge king size beds, two bathrooms and one bedroom which also served as the living room. In addition to that a beautiful garden with a Braai area and even a balcony. The next breathtaking moment was the view from our terrace: only the sea, as far as the eye can see. That was exactly what we were looking for: a place to escape hectic Cape Town city life for two days. We enjoyed the calmness of Paternoster by reading a book and a long walk on the beach.
There was one thing could not be missed on our little holiday. A proper Braai! So we went to the next supermarket, which was 20 minutes out of town; you will only find restaurants in Paternoster, no shops. After deciding on what we would have for dinner we went back to our apartment and started preparing the Braai with the help of Peter, the concierge of the house. Enjoying one, two maybe three glasses of wine with the most amazing food whilst watching the sun setting above the ocean - that is what life in South Africa is like.
The next day we went to the West Coast National Park. It takes half an hour from Paternoster to the Langebaan gate. We would recommend having a stop at the restaurant in the beginning of the park to start the easy day with a coffee. That is what we did, and after that we hit the road again to go to the lagoon: Kraalbaai. It only took us like 20 minutes to get there. Imagine the most crystal clear water you have ever seen and walking along a looong white deserted beach. Feels like in the Caribbean - and the best part: no one else was there! Only us 5 and some crabs accompanying us on the way to our lunch spot.
On our way back to the gate through the national park the most beautiful thing happened: we saw some ostrich families with their babies! Of course we had to stop and take pictures, that is definitely a once in the lifetime experience.
After 2 days we were back in Cape Town and yes: even though we have 100% enjoyed the calmness of the west coast we already missed the city life and our friends in the hostel! But one thing we know for sure: Paternoster and the West Coast National Park - we will come back, soon!”
What else you need to know when planning your road trip to the West Coast National Park?
- West Coast National Park phone number: +27 (0) 22 772 2144
- Opening times: September – March (summer) 7am – 7pm; last vehicle entry at 6.30pm, April – August (winter) 7am – 6pm; last vehicle entry at 5.30pm, Postberg section opens during August and September (flower season) 9am – 5pm
- Conservation fee for South African citizens and residents with ID: Adults: R45; Children: R22 (age 2-11).
- Conservation fee for foreign passport holders: Adults: R68; Children: R34 (age 2-11)
*Conservation levies increase during August and September for flower season.