Glamping at its finest at Sea Shack in Paternoster.

Sea Shack lies within the Cape Colombine Nature Reserve, at an inlet called Soldaten Bay.

Here several hundred British soldiers and sailors – en route to Cape Town – bivouacked and foraged for about three months after their ship, the SS Ismore, wrecked without loss of human life during a storm in December 1899. Ox wagons and horses had to break new ground to rescue these sailors as no roads existed on this wild coastline. That first road is still the same one I rode today.

Sea Shack came to be after long-time Paternoster local, Dianne Heesom-Green won a municipal tender to construct and operate an accommodation concession at Soldaten Bay. Her ethos was to create a place as serene to visitors as it is to the fauna and flora protected by the reserve. Sea Shack is fully off the grid, powered by solar and gas and a proud participant of Eco lodging.

While this may mean a hairdryer-free zone, there are power points enough for cell phone and laptop charging and free Wifi also makes for a perfect working hideaway, should you need it.

On arrival, camp manager Daniel welcomes guests and shows you around the boma, where you will find a fully stocked kitchen including fridges, pots, pans, cutlery and crockery. There's also an outdoor patio and large communal fire for braai enthusiasts. (Wood is available to purchase)

Should the weather not play along, the boma is kitted with an indoor fireplace and is 100% sheltered from wind and rain.

Each tiny wooden cabin is fitted with a queen-size bed and two small shelves on either side. A solar light is assigned to you to use in the evenings to get to and from your shack.

The shared ablutions consists of four gas-powered showers, so you can enjoy a hot shower whatever the weather, and five eco-toilets. Each bathroom has been tastefully enclosed as a single bathroom unit for maximum privacy and serenity and is located behind the shacks. Ablutions are serviced daily to keep them clean and sanitary.

The front row of shacks puts you on the edge of the ocean with nothing but sand between you and the fish, as close to the sea as one would dare.

I found myself being lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves and woke up to the sun dancing off the tidal ripples. There wasn't a single thing I disliked during my stay at Sea Shack and I highly recommend paying them a visit if you ever get the chance.


Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, Paternoster, 7381

Bookings - Manerva

+27 (079) 820 6824 /

General Enquiries - Di

+27 (082) 824 8917 /