Rocks balancing in perfect harmony with gravity. Castles overlooking the beach and the Indian Ocean. The scenery defies time. It sounds like a Harry Potter movie but is in fact one of the most beautiful locations in Knysna – Noetzie.
Noetzie is North of the Knysna Estuary, beside a river mouth and the Sinclair Nature Reserve. The Noetzie Beach, bordered by forest on one side and fynbos on the other, is ranked as one of South Africa’s greatest. They are named after the Khoisan word meaning “dark water” as tannins from the forest drain into the river.
1932 found Herbert Henderson building a castle. And another in 1942. He inspired others to do the same; the Lindsays in the Sixties and his son in the Seventies. Two of these castles were restored by the Pezula Group.
The conservancy is a 10 hectare safe haven for flora, bushbuck, otters and an incredible number of bird species. The sea is beloved by bottle-nosed dolphins and serves as a passage for whales between their Antarctic restaurant and Mozambican birthing area.