This picturesque seaside village is not only a haven for birdlife, wildlife, sea life and indigenous flora, it also boasts South Africa’s longest stretch of beach which runs for 16 miles, all the way up to the start of the West Coast National Park in the north.
This spectacular beach offers myriad activities for the whole family, including surfing and kite surfing as the long stretch of beach makes it ideal for beginners.
Natural attractions include whale spotting from September until November (calving season) and the self-guided and free walking trail called the Yzerfontein Schaapeiland: follow an easy meander along the coast, with its breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean, starting at the tidal pool and ending at Schaapeiland “sheeps island”. Schaapeiland is not a real island but a little peninsula which is cut off from the mainland during high tide. In earlier days Yzerfontein was the holiday spot for the farmers of nearby Darling who brought along cattle and sheep to provide meat for their families. Under the watchful eye of a shepherd the animals grazed on the island and were safe from jackal and other predators.
Fishermen angle from the beach and rocks, collect mussels, with the small-craft harbour allowing for the launch of boats and jet skis.
A public fish market can be found alongside the main road, and the local fisherman tow their fishing-boats here and offload their catch. It is a hive of activity and an unforgettable experience when the Snoek are in season.
Some man-made attractions to be found in Yzerfontein that capture the History of this seaside village would be the “Vishuis” which was used to keep salted fish and of course the two lime kilns which are still prominent on the R315 towards Yzerfontein. These Kilns were still in use during the 60’s.
If you are looking for something to soothe the soul, why not take a walk through a rock labyrinth with views looking out towards Dassen Island which was created by the local Urban Conservancy.
Intending on using some pedal power during your visit? Local mountain biking trails are available for the keen cyclist or who can resist a leisurely ride along the coastline of Yzerfontein.
The Cape West Coast is a Hiker’s Paradise
The Cape West Coast Biodiversity Corridor stretches from Table View Nature Reserve and stretches all the way to Saldanha Bay in the north and the Darling Hills in the east. The West Coast Biodiversity Corridor is situated within the – Cape West Coast Biosphere – 1 of 651 globally – and is a veritable treasure trove of natural beauty and cultural wonders in addition to being a hiker’s paradise. The office of the Cape West Coast Biosphere organization and Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails is located in Yzerfontein.
The Cape West Coast Biosphere is home to a network of luxury trails that offers something for everyone. Exploring on foot is arguably the best way to discover this unique part of the world as it puts you right in the middle of the action. So strap on a backpack and head off on the Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails: Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail and the Wheels of Time. All trails vary in duration and levels of difficulty.
Accommodation, Wine, Food, Beer
Complement your Cape West Coast Biosphere Trail adventure in the Cape West Coast with first-class accommodation, excellent cuisine plus wine and beer tasting. Recommended in Yzerfontein is ‘Die Rooi Granaat‘ restaurant (+27 72 901 9133). Follow the Culture, Foodie, Scenic and Berg Routes and add to your trail trip plan!
Find the Cape West Coast Biosphere information hub on the corner of the R27 and Yzerfontein turn-off where you will find information about the Cape West Coast as well as their trails. The Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails offer exciting slack-packing trails as a wonderful way to experience the unique cultural and natural heritage of the Cape West Coast. Book 1 of the 4 types of trails available: Darling Stagger, Eve’s Trail, Five Bay Trail and Wheels of Time. Bespoke trail options can be created. Open 7 days a week. Starts 90min outside Cape Town. Contact: +27 (0)76 696 5354 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.capebiospheretrails.co.za
Distance from Cape Town: 80km
Where: 90km north of Cape Town on the R27
Coordinates: 33.3330° S, 18.1620° E
Interesting things to do and see in Yzerfontein:
!Khwa ttu San Cultural & Education Centre
This resourceful facility offers a fascinating insight into the culture, heritage and modern-day life of the San, or ‘Bushmen’. San guides demonstrate their hunting skills, share their ancient knowledge and unique ‘clicking’ language. Two Mountain Biking trails from casual leisure to experienced adrenaline junkie.
• Accommodation • Child Friendly • Pet Friendly • Bar • Restaurant (Breakfast / Lunch) • Fireplace • Wheelchair Accessibility (Restaurant) • Trip Advisor • Conference Facilities • Wedding and Function Venue • Shop • Tractor Rides • San Guided Tours • Mountain Biking Trails • Mountain Bike & Helmet -hiring