Yzerfontein is a tiny settlement roughly 90 kilometres outside of Cape Town. It lies on the beautifully rugged West Coast and can be reached via a turn-off on the R27 - the coastal road which stretches from Cape Town all the way to the Namibian border. The town has a permanent population of just less than 2000, giving an indication of its inevitable small-town feel. There are no towering hotels here, instead Yzerfontein offers visitors cosy and characterful guest houses and self-catering cottages.
Yzerfontein, as with most of the small towns along the West Coast, was traditionally a fishing village. Today fishing is still an important pillar of the town's economy, but it shares the limelight with Yzerfontein's tourism industry. In proportion to the size of the town, its tourism industry is relatively large.
Yzerfontein's charm lies in that it is a small town in a beautiful environment, and many people are content to go there and 'just be.' However, if you are not one of those people, never fear. Yzerfontein is home to the longest sandy beach on South Africa's coastline, known as 16 Mile Beach. This beach makes for great early morning or late afternoon strolls, and for the ambitious, you can walk from Yzerfontein all the way to the West Coast National Park.
The West Coast National Park, a short drive outside of Yzerfontein, is home to an abundance of bird life, a number of antelope species and is a great place to see the wild flowers during the inevitable spring time spread (from August to October).
The bay is popular for body-boarding and kite-surfing. Other activities include bird-watching, angling, and if you're prepared to drive, a visit to the !Khwa ttu San Culture and Education Centre. Some private nature reserves in the area also offer hiking and 4x4 trails which will satisfy the adventurous among you.
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!Khwa ttu, the San Education and Culture Centre, is 70 km north-west of Cape Town. Enjoy the unique experience of being introduced to the world of the descendants of the first indigenous people of Sou... Read More
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Betta Sleep Overnight Rooms is located in Yzerfontein,on the West Coast.The 2 rooms are on the 1st floor of the house,but both with their own private entrances.The rooms can be booked separate or as a... Read More
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Situated in the scenic harbour town of Yzerfontein, On The Beach offers an idyllic seaside getaway to guests visiting the West Coast.
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Jewel of the West coast!!
- Andre Le Roux
We loved Ysterfontein .Gorgeous cliff walks,beautiful Aloe garden ,interesting harbour,would love to return when the fishing boats are busy.Enjoyed the new developments in Pearl Bay.Good restaurant dinner by a roaring fire and good coffee in the coffee shop.
- Margaret Giffoid
It's a lovely place still retaining a village/holiday atmosphere. Definitely worth a return trip.
- Michael Lotter
Yzerfontein is a beautiful place and a great choice if you're looking to get away from busy city life. The people are friendly and I loved the serene small-town feel.
- Edna Isaacs
Lovely little town, very clean and felt very safe.
- Anka Visher