6 Fun Things To Do In Yzerfontein—Cape Town’s Hidden Gem

Are you looking for exciting things to do in Yzerfontein? Sure, there’s no doubt that Cape Town holds a passionate sense of culture, diversity, and poise. So much so in fact, that it’s been awarded several acclamations for its natural beauty, food, and friendly locals, but the place that may just take your breath way, is beautiful Yzerfontein.

Are you planning a family vacation? Or perhaps a couple’s retreat? Maybe you and your close friends are interested in getting away for the weekend! Well, there are plenty of fun things to do in Yzerfontein for any and everyone.

Thus, I urge you to go off the beaten track in order to discover the hidden gem that the Western Cape has to offer…Yzerfontein!

View of pool and ocean in Yzerfontein Cape Town

A mere one-hour drive from Cape Town city centre, lies a slew of intimate beach locations for those who seek peace and tranquility. Yzerfontein has totally won over my heart with its quaint small town-feel, unspoiled beaches, cute seaside restaurants, wildlife, and more.

And, despite its small, intimate location, there are tons of fun things to do in Yzerfontein!

But don’t take my word for it! Check out these 6 fun things to do in Yzerfontein and start planning your exciting little getaway.

1. Pearl Bay Beach

Walking along the secluded and unspoiled Pearl Bay Beach is among one of the top best things to do in Yzerfontein!

It can be found on the southern edge of this quaint town, and is the perfect spot for aspiring photographers, those who wish to sit quietly and engage in introspection, or for those who simply enjoy taking a leisurely stroll beside the sea.

Additionally, why not engage in a bit of beach activities? A friendly game of volleyball or perhaps throwing a Frisbee? Or for the kids, building a sand castle? Get your toes wet, and enjoy!

View 16 Mile Beach Yzerfontein

2. Beaches Restaurant

If you’re a foodie and plan your entire vacay around what you’re going to eat, then there are several great places to eat in Yzer. In fact, eating something amazing is one of the top fun things to do in Yzerfontein!

And at Beaches restaurant, not only can you grab a bite, but you can also enjoy a perfect view of the sea while doing so. Life’s always sweeter when you’ve got a fantastic view, right?

Beaches restaurant is one of the most popular places amongst locals and travelers. In fact, it can be found on many lists concerning the top best things to do in Yzerfontein!

With an outside area decorated with colourful umbrellas and cute whitewashed tables, one can enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch whilst taking in the iconic sea views.

Great food and perfect views? One of the best things to do in Yzerfontein, for sure.

View of the sea from Beaches restaurant in Yzerfontein

3. !Khwa ttu

For many, visiting !Khwa ttu has proven to be one of their favourite things to do in Yzerfontein. Why? Well, it’s a culture and educational centre that aims to preserve the heritage of the San people. It serves as a means to connect today’s modern, fast-paced life to that of the past in hopes of keeping ties to this traditional way of life.

It’s a charming location surrounded by wildlife and birdlife, has a great restaurant, and you can take part in a few activities while at !Khwa ttu, such as guided tours through the bushveld, and browse their arts and crafts shop that is filled with items carefully crafted by the San people.

Needless to say, a visit to !Khwa ttu is definitely something to put on your ‘things to do in Yzerfontein’ list.

View of !Khwa ttu a cultural centre in Yzerfontein

4. Darling

While there are many fun things to do in Yzerfontein, there is also a neighbouring town not too far way that deserves a mention!

Upon exiting Yzerfontein, a 20-minute straight-shot drive will lead you to Darling. This town has found its place on the map due to the famous music festival, Rocking the Daisies, which you can consider when thinking of things to do in Yzerfontein for sure, but Darling has so much more to offer!

You could visit Evita se Perron, a refurbished rural train station that is now made up of two theatres, a restaurant, and an arts and craft shop…

This venue’s guest of honour is Evita Bezuidenhout – a hilarious fictional character played by Pieter-Dirk Uys (performer, author, and self-proclaimed activist).

You can also check out Darling Brew, a local microbrewery where you can enjoy beer tastings, a couple of cold ones, or order a tasty food platter.

Thus, I successfully conclude that fun things to do in Yzerfontein definitely include a short drive to Darling!

Darling Brew Girl Gone Fun Things to do in Yzerfontein

5. 16-Mile Beach 

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Yzerfontein that’ll impress your family and friends, you can visit 16 Mile Beach! Why does it impress? Well, this beach is the longest uninterrupted beach in South Africa!

16 Mile Beach starts just north of the main beach in Yzerfontein and ends at the West Coast National Park. It is not just impressive by its length however. In fact, many have given thanks to this majestic coastal beach for its peacefulness and ability to take long, introspective walks. In fact, an admirer exclaimed, “It is the place I found my soul!”

And oddly enough, if you’re lucky, you may just spot an ostrich or two enjoying this famous beach! Things to do in Yzerfontein – see an ostrich! Yes, really!

16-Mile Beach Girl Gone Family Things to do in Yzerfontein

6. Beachfront Accommodation

And last but not least – and one of my favourite things to do in Yzerfontein, is to relax in a spacious and beautiful beachfront accommodation, because it is here that one can truly give your body and mind a sense of invigoration whilst rejuvenating your soul.

With several beachfront accommodation choices, it’s possible to spend countless hours staring at the stunning sea views, breathing in the fresh air, admiring the wildlife, and fauna & flora. This quaint beach town offers the kind of peacefulness you crave to feel inspired, and refreshed.

My top pick for Yzerfontein beachfront accommodation, is Cape Villas — a self-catering guesthouse that offers impeccable Pearl Bay Beach views.

Catch them on their website for availability.

Cape Villas 3 Things to do in Yzerfontein accommodation

But, whichever accommodation you choose, it’s fair to say that your romantic getaway, a weekend with the girls/guys, or simply a fun outing with your nearest and dearest, will be an unforgettable experience.


And…For couples in love!

An extra tip to add to this list of fun things to do in Yzerfontein… is to tie the knot!

Die Strandkombuis has been known to be the best wedding venue in Yzerfontein, and offers amazing sights, impeccable service, and an all-round romantic and fun atmosphere.

OK, OK, of course this last one doesn’t apply to the average reader…but! if you are considering your wedding in Yzerfontein, it has proven to be an excellent location for brides and grooms to be!

The most popular wedding venue in Yzerfontein is Die Strandkombuis, and has been a favourite among couples in love for many years. The venue is situated right on 16 Mile Beach and, if planned accordingly, you could be saying your “I do’s” on the beach. Additionally, you can enjoy fresh seafood prepared by the venue.

Bride and groom at sunset at beach venue in Yzerfontein

I highly recommend enjoying your big day with your loved ones in this lovely little town!

Helpful Tips:

While a weekend or extended vacay in Yzerfontein is nothing short of paradise, one can simply enjoy an afternoon in this lovely town.

Yzerfontein is easily reachable for a quick day-time outing from Cape Town city centre, and, if you plan your time wisely, you could try to enjoy all of these fun things to do in Yzerfontein in one day.

Which ever you choose, It is safe to say that Yzerfontein never fails to bring a smile to your face, a warmness to your heart, and a feeling of content to your soul.

And for additional tips on enjoying the beautiful region of the Western Cape in South Africa, make sure to read all about living like a local in Cape Town.

Feature image credit: Cape Stay

Photo credit: Fran GeeGetaroomCreation EventsStayInYzer, Photo Destination, Town, Travel Ground, Afar,  Clarisse Pieterson Photography

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