Wild and Wonderful Photos and Video of Yzerfontein / Ysterfontein

Yzerfontein’s shoreline is wild and wonderful. Nestled in the Western Cape, this small harbour town – also spelt Ysterfontein – is a photographer’s paradise.

Yzerfontein
Photo: Kajsa Deadrick
Yzerfontein
Photo: Kajsa Deadrick

Kajsa Deadrick and Helena Lorimer (whose parents rent out a beachside house in Yzerfontein) sent us these photos after their recent holidays to to the town, which is just 90 km north of Cape Town and home to about 1200 inhabitants.

Although these photos and video are mainly of the rocky shoreline, Yzerfontein is most famous for being home to the longest uninterrupted sandy beach on the South African coastline, known as Sixteen Mile Beach.

The town, whose name means ‘iron fountain’ in Dutch/Afrikaans, is also the starting point for the WACS submarine communications cable which links South Africa all the way through to London in the UK.


The town’s main sources of income are fishing and tourism…especially between August and October when the wildflowers are in bloom.

LOVE this – the sun rising…

Yzerfontein
Photo: Kajsa Deadrick

to reveal this gorgeous vision…

Yzerfontein
Photo: Kajsa Deadrick

Wild incoming tide…

Yzerfontein
“Hope everyone enjoys the view as much as we did!!!! It’s gorgeous there!” – Kajsa Deadrick.
Yzerfontein
Photo: Kajsa Deadrick

Wildlife on the beach…

Yzerfontein
Photo: Helena Lorimer.

And in the bush…

Yzerfontein
Photo: Helena Lorimer

Nature at her best…

Yzerfontein
Photo: Helena Lorimer
Yzerfontein
Photo: Helena Lorimer

Serene ocean views…

Yzerfontein
Photo: Helena Lorimer
Yzerfontein
Photo: Helena Lorimer

And a video of a “violent” incoming tide that Kajsa captured on film: