NOETZIE is one of those places that people remember…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?” That, however, is not the best question. Some seem a little disappointed to be told that the castles are no more than holiday houses, and a few mischievous Noetzie residents, playing up to their curiosity, have been known to spin them a yarn or two about the castles belonging to pirates,smugglers and even to George Rex.
But what really makes Noetzie so special are not the castles but its natural beauty, much of which is still pristine – an increasing rarity in the brash hotel-&-hamburger-stand culture which has ruined so much of South Africa’s once splendid coastline. The golden beach surrounded by forested hills, the dark waters of the lagoon, the rugged, ochre rocks and the thundering breakers that roll in row upon row.
Aware of Noetzie’s natural riches, residents applied to the authorities to have it declared a conservancy in order to protect and preserve it’s natural bounty. In 1999, symbolically celebrated as the last year of the millennium, Noetzie officially became a conservancy.”
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