Rocktail Beach Camp

Gauteng & Mpumalanga, South Africa

On Request

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Rocktail Beach Camp

Rocktail Beach Camp is set in the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest covering the ancient dunes that make up the edge of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast. With the beach a brisk 20-minute walk from the camp, there is world-class diving, snorkelling and unspoilt beaches for you to explore.


We Love
  • Rocktail Bay Lodge assists the Natal Sharks Board in monitoring and understanding what drives the arrival of this species in the area.
  • The Camp was one of the first joint ventures in South Africa between community, a conservation authority and ecotourism.
  • More than 2% of the community in the immediate settlements (1,500 people) are permanently employed at the Lodge
Need to Know
  • Children of all ages are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
  • There are scheduled transfers from Coastal Cashews (Manzengwenya) to the camp.
  • The Manzengwenya access gate into the Reserve is open between 06:00 and 18:00. You will not be able to gain access to the Reserve outside of these hours.
  • The Camp has 220 volt electrical lighting and solar-heated water.

The Review

The Rocktail Beach Camp is unique from a scuba diving perspective. Not only is the diving conducted within a Reserve and World Heritage Site along unspoiled reefs, but divers have the luxury of knowing that they alone have access to these sites and are the only underwater visitors along this stretch of the coastline.

The camp consists of 17 rooms all of which with en-suite bathrooms, open-feel indoor shower and overhead fans. Seven of these are family units with a shared bathroom and two bedrooms for two adults and two children. A honeymoon unit has wonderful views over the ocean and dune forest.

There is a central dining and lounge area with large wrap-around veranda and a raised deck with wide views extending out to the ocean. A large pool, curio shop and children’s playroom complete the main area.

As the camp is situated within a coastal forest reserve, this is not a traditional terrestrial game viewing area, but birding is excellent while red duiker and reedbuck are found. Dolphins can be seen offshore and reef diving is outstanding. October to March sees loggerhead and leatherback turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs. June to October produces wonderful sightings of humpback whales during their annual migration.

World-class diving is conducted along coral reefs accessible only to Rocktail guests. Other adventures include birding, swimming and walking in the forest and along remote beaches. Excursions are available (at extra cost) to Lake Sibaya, the surrounding communities and quad biking is also on offer.

During summer guests can accompany nightly research drives to monitor turtle nesting numbers and behaviour. The sight of a 750kg leatherback turtle heaving herself up the beach to lay eggs is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.

Getting There

Rocktail Beach Camp is located in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The Camp can be reached by air from Johannesburg in 1 hour 50 minutes, from Durban in 1 hour 30 minutes and from Nelspruit in 1 hour. It is also connected with Sabi Sands and Skukuza, both reached in 1 hour 10 minutes.

Rocktail Beach Camp Gauteng & Mpumalanga, South Africa