Yzerfontein is best described as a beach paradise where warm, lazy days stretch into long, pleasurable evenings. It is here that R&R and adventure abound in equal proportions. It is known equally well for its natural beauty, vast stretches of beach and tranquillity, and its tradition of warmth and hospitality.
Enjoy beachcombing, whale watching and dolphin watching, bird watching, mountain biking, scenic drives and day tours, as well as hiking and water sports such as skiing, sailing, surfing and angling. It is well-known for the local snoek (barracuda) and crayfish (lobster) and has a small craft harbour for both leisure and commercial boats.
The bay is the annual springtime destination for Southern Right whales (August to November) who find their way down from the cold Antarctic to calve. Visitors can view these magnificent mammals frolicking close to shore, from a number of vantage points.
Tourist-friendly year-round sunshine seldom gives way to cooler winter temperatures and makes the village a favourite spot among the surfing fraternity.
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Yzerfontein Birding Trail
Yzerfontein is a haven for birdlife, including a breeding population of rare Black Oystercatchers, gulls of various species and cormorants. At the nearby salt- pans and the gypsum mine, you could catch a glimpse or a European visitor- a flamingo or a pelican. Also, garden birds abound in the town’s greenbelts.
Wild Flowers + Indigenous Gardens in Yzerfontein
During September and October, an abundance of spring flowers such as Arum Lilies, Wild Cinerarias, and dazzling white and orange Daisies can be seen in Yzerfontein. The town also boasts three indigenous gardens that can be visited throughout the year. The indigenous garden on Dassen Island Drive even has a maze.
Fishing in Yzerfontein
Yzerfontein is a fishing village, and fishermen angle from the beach and rocks, and (in season & with permits) can also collect mussels, catch crayfish and fish such as snoek, tuna or yellowtail. The Snoek Derby and the Crayfish Derby are very popular events with the keen fishermen.
Yzerfontein Arts and Crafts Route
Cheryl’s Pottery Corner at Jacobuskraal – just off the R315 towards Yzerfontein – Pottery classes and sales. Tel: 022 4512 677. Michadri Art Studio – Orchard Street, Yzerfontein – Art classes and sales. Tel: 022 4512 725. Whale Tales Studio on Dassen Island Drive- Pottery and paintings from local artists for sale. Tel: 022 4512 881
Water Sports in Yzerfontein
Water sport enthusiasts from as far as Europe visit Yzerfontein on a regular basis. The small –craft harbour allows the launching of boats and jet skis in restricted areas, while the wide shallow bay is popular with body boarders, kite surfers and windsurfers. The weather conditions are ideal for water sports throughout the year.
Whale watching in Yzerfontein
Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales and Heavy side Dolphins are frequently spotted from several whale observation sites in Yzerfontein during the months of June to November. Whale information boards and benches can be found at these observation sites.
Hiking Trails in Yzerfontein
The 2km Schaap Island trail starts on the main beach and runs in a southerly direction towards the harbour. The 16 mile trail starts at the main beach and runs north along the beach towards the West Coast National Park.
4×4 Drives in Yzerfontein
The 4×4 trail on Blombosch Farm is about 7km from Yzerfontein. It is a 14km track and takes about two hours to complete. Braai and toilet facilities are available halfway. The trail is graded 2/3.
Lime Kilns in Yzerfontein
On the R315, look out for the white lime kilns along the road. From the time of Jan van Riebeeck, kilns like these were used to burn mussel shells. The residue was sifted and then mixed with animal fat to make a lime wash for painting buildings.
This is the oldest building in Yzerfontein and was built at the turn of the century. It was used to store fish and salt. It is constructed with stones and cement with a thatched roof. The construction of the thatched roof is unique. It’s open to the public during week days.