A castle on a beach in South Africa is not a familiar sounding thing. Yet if you’re in the Knysna area, take the dirt road at Nekkies down towards the coast, walk the 150 steps marked ‘beach’ and you will find exactly that: a secluded cove, castles with turrets and classic beach cottages.
Noetzie Beach has remained a favourite destination for adventure seekers in the past and remains so to this day. The pristine and relatively isolated sandy shore is in the Sinclair Nature Area, and is protected by the Noetzie Conservancy. On the beach Black oystercatchers – South Africa’s rarest coastal bird – can be found with their red beaks and haunting cry. In winter, the waters around Noetzie are regularly visited by the magnificent Southern Right Whale, as well as, but less frequently, the Humpback, and Brydes Whale.
The earliest maps call the area Noetziekamma, Khoi-san for dark…
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