10 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES TO DO IN YZERFONTEIN
Snuggled between coastal waters, walking trails and stunning farms, Yzerfontein is the perfect destination to explore the beauty of the outdoors. Whether you are visiting for a camping trip, weekend or mini-holiday, there are loads of outdoor activities for you to enjoy, no matter the season. From horse riding and kite surfing to educational tours and mussel picking, discover new adventures for the whole family.
PICK SOME MUSSELS ON THE BEACH
Kicking off our list is something for our campers and foragers. Pick your own mussels in Yzerfontein for a delicious mussel pot. Head on down to the beach and make a day of it. Bring a bucket, some sunblock and a hat (to avoid a pesky sunburn). Important to know: You need a permit in order to pluck your own mussels. Find out more about the permits needed.
GO ON AN EDUCATIONAL TOUR AT !KHWA TTU
Learn about human origins in South Africa at the !Khwa ttu San Cultural and Education Centre. The qualified San tour guides will take you through the nature reserve and tell you about our ancestors who lived in this region for 200,000 years. The tour takes 45 minutes. Plus, you can forage the foods using the tools supplied.
ENJOY HORSEBACK RIDING ON A WOLWEFONTEIN FARM
Come and enjoy a scenic ride on a local West Coast farm. Book a saddle experience for the whole family at Wolwefontein Farm. You’ll find this stunning farm between Darling and Yzerfontein. Any day bookings are welcome, just book 24 hours in advance. You can choose between a one-hour or two-hour horse ride.
GO ON A FISHING EXPEDITION
Yzerfontein is a well-known fishing village. You’ll find fishermen and boats all along the coast. With the correct permit, you can catch crayfish or fish for snoek, tuna and yellowtail. Keep an eye out for the Snoek Derby and the Crayfish Derby.
TAKE A STROLL ALONG THE BEACH
You can’t visit a coastal town without heading down to the beach. There are loads of fun activities for you and the whole family. Pack a beach bag and spend the day in the sun, enjoy a romantic sunset stroll or pack a picnic basket and enjoy the scenic views. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
EMBARK ON A EBIKE ADVENTURE AT !KHWA TTU
Enjoy a unique San-guided tour on an eBike. This tour is professionally guided and offers a compelling insight into the traditional lifestyle of the San. You will even pass a replica village where your guide will share San culture with humble pride. Tours are customised on request and the route is adapted to meet your specific requirements and abilities.
KITE SURF AT THE 16-MILE BEACH
Enjoy a day of water-adventures at the 16-Mile Beach. This popular sandy haven offers myriad activities for the whole family, including surfing and kite surfing. It offers a long stretch of beach which makes it ideal for beginners.
JOURNEY ALONG THE SCHAAP EILAND HIKING TRAIL
Walk along the coastal edge of Yzerfontein. The Schaap Eiland Hiking Trail is approximately two kilometres long, starting from the main beach. You can spot many indigenous bird species and walk past a number of fishing coves: Blaasgat, Hoëbank, Starck’s Bank, Duiwenes, and many more. The trail ends at Schaap Eiland.
VISIT THE OLD HARBOUR
Pop by the historical Old Harbour and watch local fishermen tow their fishing-boats and offload their catch. It is a hive of activity and an unforgettable experience when snoek is in season.You can also spot small-craft harbours allowing for the launch of boats and jet skis.
DISCOVER THE YZERFONTEIN ANIMALS
There are loads of animals to spot in Yzerfontein. From indigenous birds and dassies, to the beloved ostriches that roam the residential streets. You can visit penguins at Dassen Island, or visit neighbouring farms that house camels, horses and even donkeys.
If you want to tick off these outdoor activities in one go, make a weekend or mini holiday of it. Check out some of our best accommodation options and enjoy your stay in Yzerfontein.