Yzerfontein, Western Cape, South Africa

This tranquil seaside village lies 85km north of Cape Town on the R27. Yzerfontein is renowned for its unspoilt beaches, including the pristine 16-Mile Beach wich stretches all the way to Postberg Nature Reserve within the West Coast National Park. Yzerfontein is a great spot for whale watching. During the spring months these graceful giants of the ocean come into the bay to calve. Visitors can watch from a number of vantage points while the whales play in the sea close inshore.

This seaside resort town is considered to be the southern extent of the West Coast. Less than an hour's drive from Cape Town it is a very convenient weekend destination. The main attractions are the lovely beach scenery, flowers in spring and the unusual beach restaurant, the Strandloper.

Yzerfontein serves real regional food from the Sandveld. The breads, jams and butters are all hand-made, the coffee home-roasted and the wild herbs that make the local stews so uniue, are hand-picked in the veld. Yzerfontein's small craft harbour is a fishermans's haven. It is well known for its snoek and crayfish.

In the spring the veld and dunes in and around the village are a spectacular sight with their masses of brightly coloured indigenous flowers. Originally laid out and developed by Abraham Katz in 1936, the village of Yzerfontein has remained a popular holiday resort. Over the years it has grown to offer visitors a wide rande of accommodation, restaurants and activities.