A pristine tropical beach and dive experience

Rocktail Bay is set back in and shaded by the sanctuary of the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest covering the ancient dunes that make up the edge of KwaZulu-Natal coast. The coastal forest reserve around Rocktail is not a traditional game viewing area, but still offers a variety of life providing a natural contrast to the bush. Red duiker and reedbuck are found and birding is outstanding, with a number of special coastal forest species. The reef systems are prolific with soft and hard corals, and abundant fish species such as butterflyfish and triggerfish, rockmover wrasse, various eels, sharks including the iconic whale shark and ragged-tooth, dolphins and of course turtles.

Rocktail Bay Beach Camp

THE LODGE

Each of its 17 rooms has an en-suite bathroom and an open-feel indoor shower. 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. The main area boasts a central dining room, bar and lounge with large wrap-around veranda, a raised viewing deck, wine cellar, large pool, curio shop and children’s playroom. The rooms encompass a modern tented design with simple furnishings, most of which have distant sea views.

Rocktail Bay Beach Camp

SCUBA DIVING SAFARIS

Mokarran Dive Charters is adjacent to Rocktail Camp and offers boat trips in search of Humpback whales, Bottlenose dolphins, Manta rays and Whale sharks. The half day excursion sets off in the mornings, departing from the dive centre. The boat trip includes some snorkelling with the chance of spotting turles. Flippers, snorkels and goggles are provided as are wet suits for those who feel the wateris too cold. If you prefer to scub dive, there is a fully accredited dive centre and diving operation, so a range of courses are offered, from beginners to Open Water and more. Dive equipment can be hired here too. *Courses are at additional cost.

Rocktail Bay Beach Camp

SNORKELLING

Snorkelling trips take place in the mornings at Lala Nek. Flippers, snorkels and goggles are provided and a guide accompanies the swimmers. Lala Nek has an emerged sedimentary rocky reef that forms a secluded pool just off the beach, giving easy and safe access and peaceful waters that are suitable for swimmers of all ages. The reef is teeming with an array of tropical fish and marine life. The lodge also offer a comprehensive range of activities for children, both at the camp and on the beach. These include specially guided nature walks, sand boarding, snorkelling, arts and crafts and baking – to name but a few.

Rocktail Bay Beach Camp

TURTLE TRIPS

From mid-October to mid-March, guests have the opportunity to watch Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles nesting. The beach is one of only two places in Africa where Leatherbacks breed. The turtles come ashore and dig nests wher they lay eggs. The sight of a tutle nesting is not guaranteed but thrilling if the xperience actually takes place. A few months later, guests have the opportunity of seeing the eggs hatch while the little titles scurry into the water. Rocktail partners with KZN Wildlife to protect the turtles and rocktail guests patrol the beach on summer nights.

Rocktail Bay Beach Camp

FOREST WALKS

Wander along a beach and forest trail with one of our guides and learn about the fauna and flora of the Maputaland Coastal Forest. Catch a glimpse of birds like green twinspot, green malkoha, purple-crested turaco, and a number of small antelope. Nearby excursions include a day trip to to Lake Sibaya, South Africa’s largest natural freshwater lake and enjoy sightings of KwaZulu-Natal’s second largest population of hippo and crocodiles and Tembe Elephant Park.