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Tieties­baai, Paternoster

Sunset at Tietiesbaai

If you’re the type of per­son that enjoys the ‘rough it up’ type camp­ing, then Tieties­baai is the place for you. Tieties has some­thing to offer every­one, whether you like to camp in between the crowds at Tieties­baai itself, (which is also near the ablu­tion blocks) or find your­self a nice secluded spot amongst the rocks, I am sure you won’t go home dis­ap­pointed.

How­ever, be warned, Tieties is noto­ri­ous for being a ‘tent killer’. I have seen many a tent blown to pieces by the noto­ri­ous South Easter — espe­cially if the tent poles are made of the cheaper type resin poles. I sug­gest a sturdy tent, with either steel or alu­minium poles. Try­ing to braai in a heavy South Easter can be near impos­si­ble. We usu­ally have at least one gazebo with us, with three sides fac­ing into the wind. We then make the fire on the open side of the gazebo, but even this can be unpleas­ant at times.

I thought that the ablu­tion block was not great, but most cer­tainly have seen much worse. The hot water is sup­plied via solar pan­els and for the dura­tion of our stay, the water was never really hot. I can imag­ine that the hot water will cer­tainly be cold if the camp­site had to be full. I did not look, but the ladies were happy with their ablu­tion facilities.

While you are at Tieties, take a walk right down to the South­ern end of the camp­site and you will even­tu­ally come to a sin­gle track path. It looks like you can walk down this path for many kilo­me­ters, although we prob­a­bly only walked for about 1.5km in our inves­ti­ga­tion. We then turned back up over the sand dunes and headed back towards the camp­site. If you take your time and maybe a flask of cof­fee, just sit and relax and enjoy the view for a while. Only then do you start notic­ing all the bird life — even though we had a cou­ple of pheas­ants per­ma­nently camp­ing at our site. We were sur­prised at how much wild life there was to be seen includ­ing field mice, tor­toises, and buck. What made our day was a pair of owls in broad day light out in the open — some­one “chirped”, “They prob­a­bly have insomnia”.

When camp­ing at Tieties, we almost always try to buy a snoek to braai on one of the evenings. The last time we went we almost did not get a snoek as the major­ity of the locals had to attend a “death” — in Afrikaans, “Ons moet ‘n dood bywoon”. Even­tu­ally we found a big frozen snoek that “was caught yes­ter­day”. It was as always, awe­some. Eat­ing snoek on the West Coast, hear­ing the waves lap­ping the shore just meters away from you, just has to be experienced

When in town (Pater­nos­ter – mean­ing Our Father), you might as well pop into the Panty Bar and have a beer (or two). Once you look around for a while, you will real­ize that you might have missed one or two good par­ties there! If only these walls could speak!

Pater­nos­ter has at least two great restau­rants, the Voorstrand and the Noisy Oys­ter. Both of them I would highly rec­om­mend, but my favorite is the Noisy Oyster.The décor in the gar­den is some­thing that must be seen, espe­cially at night.

Would I want to go back to Tieties again?

Even though the mist gets as thick as pea soup and you have to wear your rain­coat when you sit out­side,
Even thought the fog horn blasts all night,
Even though the wind can blow your tent to pieces and
Even though one can hardly braai at times,
I will still go back many, many times.
There is some­thing mag­i­cal about Tieties that draws you back time and time again.

Con­tact Details
Tel no +27 (0)22 7522718 G.P.S. 32.839526,17.861316
Cell no Email
Fax +27 (0)22 7151518 Web­site Click here
Camp Details
Near­est Town Pater­nos­ter Max Per­sons 6 per site
Dis­tance from Town +- 6km Chalets/​Cottages Yes, at lighthouse
Map View Map Elec­tric­ity No
Pets No Car­a­vans Yes
Shop with basics No, but town is close Brochure
Tips and things to do

These tips will prob­a­bly apply to many camp sites, but this is what we thought should not be forgotten

1. Take your moun­tain bike – there are great tracks to cycle
2. Fish­ing rods
3. Rain coat (for the unex­pected mist)
4. Bring all you need – there is no shop at the camp site. How­ever, Pater­nos­ter is about 6 km away which can sup­ply you with most things you may have for­got­ten
5. Always take along some good friends

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