Long sandy beaches stretching to the horizon, with Table Mountain’s iconic silhouette small in the distance, the friendly beach village of Yzerfontein is all about laid-back West Coast beach living. Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town it is a popular weekend escape but remains small and welcoming. Surrounded by fynbos and adjoining the pristine conservation area of the West Coast National Park, it’s not unusual to see a porcupine or a lynx wandering through the streets at night, ostrich and buck are a common sight and bird life is plentiful, from the endangered Black Oystercatcher to pelican and flamingo in the vlei.
Whatever your beach mode Yzerfontein caters for it, from leisurely shell-seeking walks and watching the sandpipers running at the edge of the waves, to surfing and adrenaline kite-surfing. The long beach is a haven for beginners. In winter and spring there’s a good chance of seeing whales offshore and dolphins and seals too. Pottering among the rock pools has endless appeal for all ages and summer days of sunbathing and swimming leave you relaxed sun-kissed and salty, ready for a relaxed evening beside the fire looking up at the stars with family and friends.
The surrounding West Coast has plenty to explore. Visit !Khwa ttu for an understanding of the San people, who once lived here, explore the stunning lagoon, wildlife and fynbos of the West Coast National Park with a beach picnic, or head inland to Darling and discover its hidden wine estates and the Groote Post monthly market which collects the best of local artisan producers together for a fun family day on the last Sunday of the month. In Yzerfontein itself feast on fresh seafood in the small cafes and rustic restaurants, grab breakfast and tea treats at the farmstall, or just enjoy the mesmerizing ocean views from your own beach sanctuary and listen the waves slapping on the sand