Yzerfontein is a small seaside village on the West Coast of South Africa. Only 45 minutes from Cape Town, it is set apart by its pristine beaches, sunny climate and tranquil lifestyle. Historically Yzerfontein has been a popular holiday destination, but recently an increasing amount of ‘work-from-home’ers’ and ‘online entrepreneurs’ are enjoying the benefits of a rural lifestyle.
The town has only one entrance, an active neighbourhood watch and an excellent Armed Response.
Yzerfontein is a place of incredible natural beauty. One of the town’s most striking landmarks is 16-Mile Beach, which extends from Yzerfontein towards Langebaan lagoon, making it the longest uninterrupted stretch of beach in the country.
The surrounding area is rich in wildlife and it is not uncommon to spot Ostriches, Tortoises, Caracal, Duiker, Steenbok, Strandlopers and Great White Pelicans…to name but a few. Nearby Dassen Island is an important breeding ground for African Penguins, and Yzerfontein is also an excellent whale-watching destination. Both Southern Right and Humpbacked whales come to calve in the bay during springtime, offering the perfect opportunity to view these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
Yzerfontein is also famous for its colourful wild flowers that burst into bloom every Spring, spectacularly transforming the countryside.
The bay offers recreational activities to suit every taste. 16-Mile Beach is ideal for a scenic walk or run, while the nearby West Coast National Park offers several hiking and mountain biking routes. The area is a prime spot for windsurfing, bodyboarding, surfing and kitesurfing.
Those who enjoy fishing will not be disappointed. Yzerfontein has a small-craft harbour and is well-known for its rich marine life, most notably snoek, mussels and crayfish.