Yzerfontein is a fantastic child-friendly outing as it is so close to Cape Town! In under an hour you are in a cute little seaside town with beaches for miles. We recently camped in the Yzerfontein caravan park and that was an absolute treat as it is right on the beach and a haven for kids to play in the dunes, collect shells and ride around on their bikes while the parents enjoy a much needed glass of wine next to the fire! Fish is easy to come by -and with out of season rates it won’t cost you more that R210 per night (for four people!) In season the price goes up to R280 per night but still an absolute steal for what you get! Here are five cool things to do in Yzerfontein with your kids that won’t cost you an arm and a leg!
Go for a walk on the 16 mile beach
Stretching from just north of the main beach at Yzerfontein up to the West Coast National Park close to Langebaan, this is the longest uninterrupted sandy beach on the coastline of South Africa.
Treat the kids to an ice cream at the Yzerfontein Harbour – they will en joy throwing little rocks in the water (and you might spot a Dassie!)
Go for a short walk on the 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.
Once you leave the main beach the Trail runs higher up along the rocks. A well-maintained footpath covered in crushed mussel shells is clearly signposted with white footprints to show the way.
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.
Go on a fishing trip
This is great fun with older kids. Go on a fishing trip around Dassen Island – you might be lucky enough to braai a fish for your family that evening! We didn’t catch anything but we saw five whales (one emerged quite close to us and it was FANTASTIC!) We also saw pelicans, seals and penguins -all while being surrounded by the most amazing view! Be sure to book in advance and to get a fishing licence from the Post Office.
Stop for a milkshake at the West Coast Farmstall on your way home.
With fun things to do for the kids like playing giant chess and visiting the bird sanctuary, the West Coast Farmstall is a nice stop on your way home. Get some coffee in your body and stock up on homemade jams, rusks and biscuits.