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Yzerfontein

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Yzerfontein is a lovely picturesque village with kilometres of clean beaches washed by lazy waves. Yzerfontein forms part of the Whale Route and in late spring the Southern Right Whales can be viewed from close up playing in the sea. The village is untouched by pollution, there is no industrial development.

The name originates from a spring used by the Bushman and "Strandlopers" long before the first sails appeared on the horizon. Later, the area was used as a live-stock farm for the Dutch East India Company. These animals were watered at the same spring. The rust coloured water had an iron taste and hence the word Yzerfontein developed.

There is a busy boating club operating from the small fishing harbour which has a small-boat launching ramp. Walking trails meander around the unspoiled natural beauty of the village. Views of Table Mountain over the sea are excellent. The natural beauty is world-renowned especially when the spring flowers bloom. The only two remaining lime kilns in South Africa, built in the previous century are situated 5km out of the town towards the R27.

Information Courtesy of Harbourview B & B

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