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Knoetzie Castle

Tour and picnic on the beach :

Noetzie Beach is a pristine, secluded beach which lies in a hidden bay bordered by the lush forest of the Sinclair Nature Reserve on one side and the fynbos landscapes of Pezula Resort Estate on the other.

It owes its seclusion to the fact that it is accessed along a gravel road from Knysna’s N2 and a steep climb from the parking area down a narrow path and a flight of stairs in the cliff. It boasts a beautiful lagoon formed by the mouth of the Noetzie River, which meanders through the Knysna forest.

The beach is famous for the Noetzie Castles originally built in the 1930s, by a Rhodesian man, Henderson, two of which have been restored. It is a small beach with an expanse of golden sand protected on the north and south sides by rocky outcrops.

From June to November whale sightings are common as the Southern Right and Humpback whales migrate into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young.

For many it is because of the ‘castles’ which have intrigued visitors over the years and the first question nearly every visitor asks is: “Who built them?”


Many of the houses at Noetzie have been in the same family for generations and today’s youngsters swim, fish,scramble over rocks and frolic in the sand just as their grandparents and great –grandparents once did.


The oldest house in Noetzie (including the castles) is “North’s Cottage”, a little wood and iron cottage that was built early in the 20th century, and which the fifth generation of North descendants still enjoy as a holiday home.

Herbert Stephen Henderson, who lived in what was then Southern Rhodesia, built the oldest castle, at the end of the beach, as a holiday house. He started building it in 1930 out of the local natural stone .

The story goes that he had no intention of building a“castle”, but simply used the stone for practical reasons, when Rex Metelerkamp, a member of a well-known local family, who was watching the building, jokingly said “All you need to do is to add a few turrets and you’ll have a castle”. And he did!

             His son Ian built Montrose in the 1970’s and the Lindsays built “ Perekuil “, now known as Lindsay Castle, in the1960’s.

Noetzie is a conservancy. It is one of few places where natural beauty remains untouched,and where you can find the rare African black oystercatcher, as well as bushbuck, otters, and birds living as they should.

Noetzie has been voted one of the top beaches in South Africa. Swimming isn't particularly safe because of unpredictable currents, but the lagoon, the incredible rock formations, and remoteness of the spacemake it a haven.

Noetzie is 15 min drive out of town and with your guide you will explore Noetzie. Entrances to the castles are not guaranteed as they form holiday accommodation. After the castles the guide will set up your umbrella on the exclusive beach together with your carefully prepared picnic basket and blanket

The guide will assist with beach activities or swimming in the lagoon as the sea is not safe due to currents.

Pick up at top parking lot is at 12;30 for morning tour and 4:45 pm for afternoon tour back to the Shell Station in Knysna.


Departures : Shell Garage, 44 Main st, Knysna

Times: 9am and 1pm daily

Dress: Hat, suntan lotion, comfortable shoes or sandals for walking on sand and beach, swimming costume, towel,  camera.

Pax : Minimum 2

Includes Picnic basket for 2

Does it include wine? No

Can you bring your own? No / SA beach regulations

Included: Sun umbrella, beach towels, still water, ball, beach bats, and sand toys for young kids

Cost:  R880 pp / Min 2 pax Adult / Kids R385

           Picnic baskets :


Standard Lunch Package                                                                                                                                                Kids Basket
Selection of cold meats, Cocktail sausages, meatballs, chicken pieces                                                                        Hot dog, meatballs and chicken drumstick

2 salads, Greek salad, and potato salad                                                                                                                              Potato salad

Pate with 2 Cape Cheeses, Savory Biscuits and a French or Rye bread to order                                                      Mini Cheese wrapped

Side: Mustard, ketchup, salt and pepper, butter                                                                                                            Fruit kebabs sticks
Fruit in season, Something Sweet, Juice and Mineral Water                                                                                          Dessert Jelly and custard

INCLUDED IN PRICE PER PERSON                                                                                                            Juice

Picnic Blanket

Cutlery; plates, glasses

Eco wet wipe, Serviette & Toothpicks



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