Rocktail Beach Camp

Kwazulu Natal & The North Coast, South Africa

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Rocktail Beach Camp

KWAZULU NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA


The Rocktail Beach Camp is set in the forest, along the dunes on a coast facing the Indian Ocean. The highlight of the area is the unspoiled reefs within a Reserve and World Heritage Site, that have access to only the guests at Rocktail. The camp consists of 17 rooms, of which seven are family units. A honeymoon unit has views over the ocean and dune forest. There is a central dining, lounge area and a large pool.

Although situated within a coastal forest reserve, the area around Rocktail Beach Camp is not a traditional terrestrial game viewing area, but birding is excellent, where 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.

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. During summer, you 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.
 

We Love
  • Rocktail Bay Lodge assists the Natal Sharks Board in monitoring the species in the area
  • The Camp is joint ventures between community, a conservation authority and ecotourism
  • See loggerhead and leatherback turtles come ashore - October to March
  • Watch whales migrating in the area from June - October
Need to Know
  • Rocktail Beach Camp is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 17 tents
  • Activities undertaken are birding, nature walks and wildlife watching
  • Located in Isimangaliso Wetland Park on the KwaZulu-Natal coast
  • Best for Adventure, Family, Beach, Diving, Fishing

Rocktail Beach Camp KWAZULU NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA


Stay Rocktail Beach Camp is an Adventure Safari Lodge with 17 comfortable tents with a capacity for 48 guests. There are ten standard tents and seven family tents with one double bed and two three-quarter beds in an adjoining room. Each family room can accommodate two adults and three children. Each family tent shares a bathroom. The honeymoon unit has a wonderful view over the ocean and dune forest.


The Camp The main area at the Rocktail Beach Camp consists of a dining room, bar and lounge with a large wraparound veranda. There is a large swimming pool and children's playroom with games, etc. There are shade shelters and loungers on the beach. Menu of massage treatments (at an additional cost) can be conducted in the privacy of the guest’s tent and there is a wine cellar. An iPod is available in the camp’s main area for guests’ enjoyment. 


ChildCare Children are welcome to stay at the Rocktail Beach Camp but there are no specific facilities available. However, during the school holidays, Rocktail organises things to do for children, such as treasure hunts and nature trail.


Explore Activities include beach and forest walks, surf/rock fishing (no equipment provided), trips to Lake Sibaya and guided trail along the beach and forest. For scuba diving, please bring dive cards and/or log books. PADI scuba diving courses conducts a range of courses from beginners to more advanced. Snorkelling is possible at Lala Nek. Swimming is at own risk as there are no life guards.


Experience In the surrounds is the Black Rock, a 60-foot fossilised sand dune with spectacular views. Turtle research drives are conducted between Mid-October to Mid-March. Game drives include brunch at Tembe Elephant Park.
 

 
Rocktail Beach Camp Kwazulu Natal & The North Coast, South Africa

Location Rocktail Beach Camp is located in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal.  It’s a lush region of forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands and warm seas on the north-east coast of South Africa. It lies midway between Kosi Bay to the north and Sodwana Bay to the south.


Getting There Rocktail Beach Camp can be reached by air from Johannesburg in 1-hour and 50 minutes, from Durban in 1-hour and 30 minutes and from Nelspruit in one hour. It is also connected with Sabi Sands and Skukuza, both reached in 1 hour 10 minutes.


When to go The best time to go on safari in the Kruger, Madikwe, Pilanesberg and KwaZulu-Natal regions is during the dry season, from May until November; the African winter when the animals are concentrated around water sources and are easier to spot in the thinned-out bush. The wildflower season is generally from mid-August to mid-September. 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.