Rocktail Beach Camp is situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, nestled in the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest blanketing the ancient dunes that make up the edge of South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal coast.

The blue waters and endless golden sands of the Maputaland Marine Reserve provide the setting for adventures including underwater exploration and watching huge turtles nest on the beaches in summer.

Situated 20 minutes from the beach in a lush dune forest, Rocktail has 14 en-suite rooms (of which four are family rooms with shared bathroom and two bedrooms, and one is the honeymoon suite). The central dining and lounge areas feature a wraparound veranda, a large pool, sunny deck and curio shop. Activities include some of the best SCUBA diving and snorkelling in the world, and the kind of family activities that create perfect childhood memories.

INSIDER TIP: Discover fascinating underwater wonders on a ‘game drive’ at sea. Be on the lookout for bottlenose dolphins, mantra rays, turtles and whale sharks.

Place: Rocktail is set within the lush coastal forest, the beach a brisk 20-minute walk away and Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore. Ocean Safaris, snorkelling and diving reveal underwater wonders, while walks and excursions to Lake Sibaya and the local community explore the land. In summer, guests join guides on a Turtle Drive for a chance to see leatherback or loggerhead turtles nesting, or tiny hatchlings scrambling down to the sea – both once-in-a-lifetime spectacles.

Accommodation: Rocktail has 14 airy en-suite guest tents, of which four are family units – comprising a shared bathroom and two bedrooms – and one is a honeymoon suite.The main area includes a wrap-around veranda, large pool and children’s playroom.

Purpose: Rocktail is one of the first joint ventures in South Africa between ecotourism (Wilderness Safaris), community (the surrounding Mqobela and Mpukane communities) and a conservation authority (iSimangaliso Wetland Park). Our non-profit organisation, Children in the Wilderness, runs Eco-Clubs, training programmes and other community initiatives here. 

Unique Selling Points

  • The golden beaches, the camp and a range of activities are perfect for families
  • World-class, exclusive scuba diving and snorkelling
  • Unique summer spectacle of huge sea turtles emerging at night to lay their eggs in the sand

Rocktail Beach Camp NIght Dining

Rocktail Beach Camp is situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, nestled in the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest blanketing the ancient dunes that make up the edge of South Africa’s KwaZulu Natal coast. Its location just 20 minutes from the pristine beaches and Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore, guests are sure to enjoy a South Africa safari experience unique to Rocktail Beach Camp.
North Coast accommodation is in 17 tented chalets built on wooden decks that overlook the forest and the Indian Ocean beyond. The rooms are divided into 9 standard rooms and 8 suites. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, open-air shower and overhead fans. At this stunning North Coast safari camp, families are very much welcome with 7 rooms set aside as family suites. These comprise a shared bathroom and 2 bedrooms that sleep 2 adults and 2 children. The honeymoon suite has magnificent views over the dune forest and out onto the ocean.
The social hub of the camp comprises a dining room, bar and lounge complete with a wrap-around terrace. A raised viewing deck just off the verandah has expansive views of the ocean. This family-oriented camp offers a large swimming pool, a curio shop as well as a children’s playroom with board games and other fun activities for families. A wine cellar is available for the wine connoisseurs, ensuring that they too are not left out of the fun.
At Rocktail Beach Camp, South Africa safaris include unique and exclusive scuba diving excursions in the pristine reefs of Rocktail Bay. This piece of paradise is renowned for its Leatherback and Loggerhead turtle nesting sites, affording guests opportunities to view these remarkable sea giants nest and lay their eggs and watch as the hatchlings emerge weeks later.
Snorkeling at Lala Nek is sure to make a lasting impression with sights of brilliantly coloured marine life below. What better way to enjoy the sights, smells and scents of nature than an exploration of the forest on one of the various forest walks that lead down to the shore!

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