Pezula Golf Estate has an exceptional environment which is rich in bird, plant and animal life. It is home to no less than 119 species of birds and over 240 varieties of fynbos (fine bush), the Afrikaans name given to the type of vegetation which only occurs in the Western Cape of South Africa. The estate has been planned to both conserve and enhance this unique natural resource. Over 50% of the estate will remain open and untouched. The architectural guidelines ensure that the homes blend in with the fynbos environment by using earthy colours, dark roofs, and natural materials.
This year Pezula Golf Estate together with its surrounding areas was officially registered with CapeNature as The Knysna Coastal Conservancy, comprising a total of some 880 hectares of land. The conservancy area has been identified as an important coastal corridor and ecosystem and the conservancy's main aims will be the conservation of natural resources and the creation of increased public awareness regarding wise management of the natural environment. Being part of a conservancy means that the Pezula Golf Estate HOA will be able to address ecological challenges such as conservation corridor management, fire management and alien species eradication more effectively.
A number of nature trails are maintained and managed by Pezula Golf Estate Home Owners Association. The trails take hikers into the Sparrebos Nature Reserve, a 45-hectare Afromontane forest with many animal and bird species, located at the south-eastern corner of Pezula Golf Estate. Self-issuing permits are available at the kiosks stationed at the start of each trail.
Sparrebos Trail is a moderate 1.1km trail along the eastern edge of the estate starting at the public parking area in Lagoon View Drive and ending at the Forest Loop in Sparrebos Nature Reserve. A bench next to a small waterfall makes a secluded hideaway for hikers. Give yourself an hour to complete the trail.
Fisherman's Walk is a more strenuous walk of the same distance and should take the same time to complete. It starts from the Forest Loop in the Sparrebos and leads over a fynbos ridge down to secluded Cove Beach which is visible from a view site halfway along with its stunning view point and down to the beach.
For a moderately easy walk with a low gradient and wide path following an old track, try the 1km Woodcutter's Trail starting at the 18th tee on Pezula Championship Course in Martingale Road which takes you past an old gold digging site to the Forest Loop.
The 400m Forest Loop ties the three trails together in the middle of the Sparrebos Nature Reserve and is a 15 minute moderate circular walk past the river.