The Best Place to Be on the West Coast
The popular seaside village of Yzerfontein is a mere 80 km drive from Cape Town and marks the start of the Cape West Coast Region. This tranquil village is known for its tranquility, natural beauty and long sandy white beaches.
Yzerfontein is in fact home to the country’s longest stretch of beach, the 16 Mile Beach, which runs all the way up to the start of the West Coast National Park, the perfect beach to take a long lingering stroll along. Fishermen can fish for Snoek from the beach and the rocks, collect mussels and catch crayfish and the small craft harbor is perfect for launching boats and jetskis. These waters are famous for Snoek and Crayfish, about 60% of all the line fish caught along the West Coast happens here in this small harbor town.
There are plenty of nature reserves in the area which offer game viewing, 4 x 4 trails, mountain biking, excellent birdwatching and exceptionally beautiful hiking trails, the 7 km Skaapeiland Trail is a must for nature lovers. Visitors can also enjoy the Bokbaaivygie Flower Trail during spring time when the surrounding area explodes into colour!
Yzerfontein offers charming star-graded self-catering cottages and B&B’s for your holiday stay or weekend getaway.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Khwa ttu San Culture & Educational Centre
- Dassen Island Lighthouse
- Dassen Island Nature Reserve
- Pearl Bay Beach
- Yzerfontein Main Beach (16 Mile Beach)
- West Coast Farm Stall
- Grotto Bay Trails
- Schaapeiland Hiking Trail
- Blombosch 4x4 Trail
The area receives most of its rainfall between June and August and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate most of the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 15˚C.
The town was originally laid out and developed in 1936 by Abraham Katz and farmers would holiday in the area. In 1937 the small area received its’ town status and was known as a “Township”. The name Yzerfontein means ‘Iron Fountain” in Dutch or Afrikaans.
Some man-made attractions that capture the history of the village are the old “Vishuis” (Fish House) which now serves as the Yzerfontein Tourism Office as well as the two lime kilns which were last used in the late 1960’s and now can be seen along the side the road on the R315 about 5 Km outside of the town.
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