Yzerfontein is on the Cape’s West Coast. If you want to experience something a little bit different, then this is the place to come! This small seaside village is a beach paradise where there are equal amounts of adventure, rest and relaxation options to choose from to keep everyone occupied.
Yzerfontein is a small, quiet and unspoiled seaside village located on the west coast of South Africa, about 85 kilometres to the north of Cape Town. The town’s main source of income is derived from fishing and tourism and is well known for its natural beauty, hospitality and tranquillity. Approximately 60% of all the line fish caught along the West Coast is caught here in the small craft harbour and the town is renowned for its snoek and crayfish.
Some of Yzerfontein’s best known attractions include the pristine 16 Mile Beach, which is unique because it is the longest uninterrupted sandy beach on the coastline of South Africa, stretching all the way from the main beach northwards to the Postberg Nature Reserve, which is located within the West Coast National Park. Pearl Bay is to the south of Schaap Island and this beautiful sandy beach provides great views of Table Mountain, as well as Dassen Island.
Yzerfontein is well-known for is its beautiful carpet of wild flowers, which can be seen in spring (from August until October). During spring the Southern Right whales come to calve here and there are many great places to do some whale spotting due to the town’s elevation. Dolphins and Humpback whales can also be spotted regularly from the many different vantage points available in the area.
Other activities you can enjoy in and around Yzerfontein include taking long walks on the beach, beachcombing, one of several hiking trails, mountain biking, bird watching, as well as a number of water sports like surfing, angling, sailing and skiing.
There are also a number of private game reserves in the area where you can look out for wildlife like the gemsbok, bontebok, steenbok, duiker, eland, kudu, bat eared fox, Cape mountain zebra, African wild cat and caracal. Some of the reserves offer game drives and walks, as well as a range of 4X4 trails, hiking and nature trails.
Ancient fossils dating back over 5 million years can be seen at the West Coast Fossil Park. On nearby Dassen Island in the west there is a colony of African Penguins. Guided tours are offered at the !Khwa ttu San Culture & Education Centre, where you can learn all about the life and heritage of the indigenous San people, as well as purchase souvenirs at the arts and crafts shop.
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