It's hard to capture the raw beauty of the West Coast, but waking up to it on your doorstep is a sure-fire way to remember it. Set between the granite boulders of Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, near Paternoster, the A-frame huts at The Beach Camp face the rugged coast-line, with safari tents a few steps behind.
All are equipped with twin or double beds, so you need only take
along your sleeping bag, food (if you're self-catering) and a swimsuit. Expect an easy-going backpacker's vibe, communal kitchen and hot-water bathrooms (with compost toilets) as well as worn wooden furniture and draped fishing net 'decor'.
Everything at the Beach Camp is an ode to low-impact living - cooking and heating is done with gas, everything is recycled or composted, and guests can help themselves to fresh herbs and vegetables from the flourishing garden - watered with recycled greywater (waste water from kitchen and showers).
From bed to beach in one step,the laid-back Beach Camp near Paternoster
is eco-conscious glamping at its best - while offering a a good base from which to hike, mountain bike and explore the cafe's, markets and galleries in the West Coast village of Paternoster. You might even be lucky enough to spot dolphins, seals or whales without moving a foot.
The Beach Camp Quick Facts
Backpackers self-catering (catered option available) wooden A-frames or safari tents
About 3 kms of gravel road from Paternoster in Cape Columbine Nature Reserve on the West Coast of South Africa
S 32 81 121 E 17 88 549
2 in A-frames and safari tents (twin or double bed available), families or groups
Twin tents from R234 and A-frames from R313 a person a night sharing
Green in Africa Eco-Rating
Bring your own, although a few sleeping bags / duvets are for hire, depending on availability
Yes, communal outdoor fireplace
On request (famous for their sea food dinners)
No, due to its location in a Nature Reserve
Hammock chilling, guided horse back riding (for both beginners and experienced riders), bouldering, paddle boarding, mountain biking- (hire your bike from Live to Ride in Laangeban on your way through), guided sea kayak trails, flower walks, surfing, diving etc
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