Yzerfontein


The old fish house in Yzerfontein

The Fish House is the oldest building in Yzerfontein. Historically, the house was used for the storage of:

* salt that was scraped from the nearby saltpans

* dried fish, known as "bokkoms"

Today the Fish House is home to the Yzerfontein Tourism Bureau. The house has white-washed walls and a thatched roof. During the winter storms, waves sometimes skirt against the lawn in front of the building. At the Fish House, there are a number of unique historical photos of Yzerfontein.

Address: Main Road
Tel: +27 22 451 2366
Fax: +27 451 2453
Cell: +27
Email: yzerfontein@telkomsa.net
Website:

West Coast Farm Stall
Our aviary is large enough for our resident Macaws, Cockatoos, African Grey's and other large parrots to fly around freely in. There are few sights better than a Macaw in full free flight. The large aviary is a communal affair and it is not uncommon to see an Australian Cockatoo idling up to an African Grey. One can sit for hours watching these birds go about their business, eating and squabbling
Address: R27 West Coast Road
Tel: +27 22 451 2851
Fax: +27 22 451 2852
Cell: +27 71 658 9167
Email: doksa@iafrica.com
Website: www.westcoastfarmstall.co.za

Dassen Island is an uninhabited South African island in the Atlantic Ocean. It is situated about 10 km west of Yzerfontein. In Dutch the word "dassie" means "rock-rabbit", the plural being "dassen" and the island is named after the colonies of hyraxes encountered there by the discoverers. The island is underpinned by a fine-grained tourmaline granite, with a few zones of biotite granite.


Blombosch Hiking trail
3km and 8 km/3 hours; easy; loop trails from bungalows at base; 12 persons max.
Address:
Tel: +27 22 451 2790
Fax: +27
Cell: +27 82 722 7809
Email: blom-bos@mweb.co.za
Website:

Blombosch 4x4
The route is 13.5km long and will take about 2 hours to navigate and only 15 vehicles are allowed on the course at a time. The drive is not meant to be a 4x4 challenge, but rather a nature experience, as it’s name suggests. This is a great trail if you’re a beginner to the world of 4x4 driving as the opposite of what happens to most 4x4 trails in the Western Cape happens here. Instead of soft and slippery mud during the winter months these sandy roads become firmer in the rainy season making it easier to traverse while in the summer months you’ll enjoy a different type of driving challenge with deep sand in some places.
Address:
Tel: +27 22 451 2790
Fax: +27
Cell: +27 82 722 7809
Email: blom-bos@mweb.co.za
Website:

Blombosch Birding Route

The Blombosch Hiking Trail has expanded its offering and now has opened the “Blombosch Birding Route”. The new birding route is around two kilometres in length within the precinct of the original trail.

Blombosch Birding Route has been located far away from other activity in the area so opportunities for spotting are plentiful. The first group of birders identified 48 species in less than a few hours, which gives an indication of the wonderful diversity of wildlife still present on this stretch of the West Coast. 


Address:
Tel: +27 22 451 2790
Fax: +27
Cell: +27 82 722 7809
Email: blom-bos@mweb.co.za
Website:

Bokbaaivygie Hiking Trail

The Bokbaaivygie flower trail has an explosion of colour in springtime. This Trail is only open during the flower season.
Address:
Tel: +27 22 451 2366
Fax: +27
Cell: +27
Email: wheat@yebo.co.za
Website:

Old Lime Kiln
In the days of the Dutch Est India Trading Company there was no cement available for building so these kilns were built to burn mussel shells to form a binding material which was then used in place of cement. There is also a scale model of a kiln in Yzerfontein where one can read and see how they worked.

Whale Watching
The Southern Right and Humpback whales visit Yzerfontein in groups of 8-10 between June and December. The cows calve in the calm waters in and around Yzerfontein. There are a number of look-out points: at the main beach, above the harbour in Arum Crescent, at Schaapen Island and the nature garden on top of the hill


Water sports
Enjoy water sports such as skiing, sailing, surfing and angling.

Bird Watching
The Cape West Coast supports a rich diversity of birds and Yzerfontein is little standveld birding haven with Crowned Cormorant, African Black Oystercatcher and Bank Cormorant to enjoy viewing and is close to Silwerstroomstrand also on The Cape Birding Route.

Schaap eiland Hiking Trail
Schaap eiland Hiking Trail skirts the edge of the village of Yzerfontein. Approximately two kilometres long, it starts from the Main Beach – or Sixteen Mile Beach as it is also known – and then runs in a southerly direction, that is, towards the harbour. It is an easy walk for most people.
On the Trail many indigenous bird species may be encountered, one of the most important being the small black Oyster Catcher with its bright red legs, long, pointed red bill and shrill whistle-like screech. This bird is on the Cites Red Data List of endangered species. When fish are abundant, large flocks of Black Cormorants fly over the water, diving down repeatedly to feed. Three species of seagulls are always present: the black Kelp gull, Hartlaub’s, and the Grey headed gull.

Wildflowers in spring
Yzerfontein offers plenty for the nature lover. During spring there are fields of wild flowers. The flower season is dependent on the winter rains, the wind and other weather factors, and the displays vary from place to place each season.

Wildlife
Wildlife you can expect to see in the reserves around Yzerfontein include amongst others the eland, bontebok, springbok, steenbok, kudu, duiker, Cape mountain zebra, caracal, african wild cat and bat eared fox.