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Travel Review: Yzerfontein – A Lovely West Coast Town

Found along the beautifully wild West Coast, on the R27 road (roughly 85-90 km north of Cape Town), one discovers the tranquil coastal town of Yzerfontein. This small harbour town, which falls under the Swartland Municipality in the Western Cape, offers breathtaking ocean views, beautiful beaches and warm West Coast hospitality. It is popular among artists (who are drawn by its quaint beauty), holidaymakers and visitors alike.

Due to its close proximity to several nature reserves (including the West Coast National Park and Dassen Island, which lies 10 km offshore) and nature trail offerings, it’s a great holiday destination.

As an added benefit, there are plenty of holiday accommodation offerings to enjoy in and around Yzerfontein. Many of the local B&B’s have high star-ratings, although self-catering accommodation is also available.

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Yzerfontein: A West Coast Winner

During the annual flower season (generally August through to early October), the area becomes an explosion of spring colour. This is a sight not to be missed. Still, Yzerfontein doesn’t need its spring show to be a West Coast winner. Because it is also a natural haven for: bird-, plant-, sea- and wildlife.

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What’s more, the town’s ‘small-craft’ harbour allows for relatively effortless jet-ski and boat launches. The circular bay is extremely popular for board- and body-boarding and kite-surfing. It also affords you picture postcard views of the beautiful ocean and delightful homes overlooking the bay. Local fishermen angle from the beach and rocks collecting mussels and catching crayfish and snoek.

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Yzerfontein must be one of the Cape’s loveliest coastal offerings. It has so much to offer you in terms of wildlife and raw, natural Cape beauty. During my first visit to the town in April 2014, I fell in love with the town’s rustic charm and the sense of calm. This is a soothing feeling that prevails over this sleepy seaside town.

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The town’s ‘Sixteen Mile Beach’ is apparently the “longest uninterrupted sandy beach on the South African coastline, stretching north from the main beach… to the West Coast National Park, which borders the town.” (It is primed for beach strolls, if ever a beach was!)

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The town is also close by other lovely West Coast towns like Darling and Langebaan, making it a great destination to base your West Coast adventures around.

Fun Facts about Yzerfontein

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Now, for a few fun facts related to ‘Yzer’ (as the town is fondly called):

  • This small town has a population of +/- 1200 residents.
  • Yzerfontein is apparently an old Dutch word that translates as ‘iron fountain’ in English.
  • Yzer is the landing port for the ACE and WACS submarine communication cables.
  • Lime kilns used to once produce quicklime for building in Yzerfontein.
  •  The town is near several private nature reserves. These offer a range of 4×4, hiking, game and nature trails, as well as excellent birdwatching.
  • When exploring nearby reserves, keep an eye out for local fauna. Including: eland, bontebok, kudu, gemsbok and zebra to name but a few.
  • A historical point of interest in Yzerfontein is the old Fish House. Today, this serves as the local tourism office.
  • The Bokbaaivygie Wildflower Trail and Schaapeiland Trail are great trails to enjoy in the region. (The latter apparently offers astonishing views over the Atlantic Ocean and even occasional whale sightings.)

Local Attractions in and around Yzerfontein

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Some of my favourite attractions in and around Yzerfontein, and its neighbouring West Coast towns, include:

 

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See Yzerfontein for Yourself

Yzerfontein is a truly wonderful place to visit, if only for the day. As the huge blue-and-white sign, painted on a big yellow barn outside town, says: “I Love Yzer” – and it is a town I often enjoy visiting! 🙂

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Sources:

Many thanks to www.capewestcoast.org for the additional information and facts cited in this post.

For more information on Yzerfontein, please visit their tourism website: http://yzerfonteintourism.co.za.

Author: Tamlyn Ryan

Content writer by day and blogger by night, Tamlyn Ryan passionately runs her travel blog, called Tamlyn Amber Wanderlust – Travel Writing and Photography, from her home base of Cape Town, South Africa. Despite having a national diploma in Journalism and working as a content writer by day, Tamlyn’s preferred niche remains travel writing.

Tamlyn is a hopeless wanderer, equipped with an endless passion for road trips, carefully planned, holiday itineraries and, above all else, an innate love for the great outdoors.

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