Yzerfontein, a tranquil seaside village 85 km north of Cape Town off the R27, is a haven not only for birdlife, wildlife, sea life and indigenous flora, but also for artists, who are drawn by the town’s peaceful beauty. Natural attractions here include the incomparably beautiful 16 Mile Beach, the Bokbaaivygie flower trail with its explosion of colour in springtime, and the Schaapeiland Trail along the coast, with its astonishing views over the Atlantic Ocean and occasional sightings of whales.
Fishermen angle from the beach and the rocks, and collect mussels, catch crayfish and fish for snoek. The small-craft harbour allows the launching of boats and jetskis, while the bay is popular for board-, bodyboard- and kite-surfing.
Yzerfontein’s sites of historical interest include the old Fish House (now the offices of the local tourism authority) and the lime kilns that were once used to produce quicklime for building.
About 70 km from Cape Town up the main West Coast road, the R27, is the !Khwa ttu San Culture & Education Centre. Here, guided tours offer a fascinating insight into the heritage and contemporary life of southern Africa’s first people, the San.
There are several private nature reserves in the immediate area – keep your eyes peeled for eland, bontebok, kudu, gemsbok and zebra, among others – that offer a range of 4X4 trails, hiking trails, game and nature trails and drives on foot and by vehicle, and excellent birdwatching.
Take a lingering stroll along the broad, white beach before booking in at one of the town’s many star-graded B&Bs and self-catering accommodation establishments for the night.
For more information visit www.yzerfonteintourism.co.za
Location Map: Yzerfontein