Rocktail Beach Camp lies in the lush, tropical shade of the Maputaland Coastal Forest with the Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore.
This reserve provides sanctuary for marine life with extraordinary diving and snorkelling encounters with huge shoals of fish, dolphins and whales - just right for world-class diving and snorkelling, remote, unspoilt beaches and other beach adventures.
With the Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore and the beach a brisk 20-minute walk from the camp, there are world-class diving and snorkelling, remote, unspoilt beaches and other beach adventures to be had.
Rocktail Beach Camp has a central dining room, bar and lounge with large wrap-around veranda. A raised viewing deck just off the veranda has wide views that extend out to the ocean.
The camp`s main area has a large pool, curio shop and children`s playroom, complete with board games and other fun activities for families.
From a scuba diving perspective, Rocktail Bay is unique. 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.
Accommodation at Rocktail Beach Camp:
The camp consists of 17 rooms (9 standard rooms plus 8 suites), all of which with en-suite bathrooms, open-feel indoor shower and overhead fans.
Seven of these are family suites with a shared bathroom and two bedrooms for two adults and two children.
Rocktail Beach Camp Activities:
Activities included for all guests:
- Beach and forest walks
- Surf/rock fishing (no equipment provided)
- Swimming (at own risk as there are no life guards)
Activities included in Full Rate:
- Snorkelling at Lala Nek
- Trips to Lake Sibaya
- Guided trail (beach and forest)
Activities at additional cost to all guests
- Scuba diving (Must bring dive cards and/or log books. No card - No dive)
- PADI scuba diving courses (A range of courses offered from beginners to more advanced)
- Excursions to Black Rock (60-foot fossilised sand dune with spectacular views)
- Horse riding
- Sangoma (traditional herbalist) cultural visits
- Zulu dancing
Fauna & Flora
This is not a traditional 'big game' area, but the camp is situated within a pristine coastal forest reserve which is interspersed with rolling grasslands and waterberry/palm savannah. This lush area abounds with a variety of animals, birds and plant life that provide a natural counterpoint to the bushveld.
The reef systems here are amongst the most pristine in the world, boasting healthy soft and hard corals. Large numbers of the butterflyfish and triggerfish families are seen on every dive, interspersed with clown triggerfish, moorish idol, bannerfish, coachman, pencilled, powder-blue and bluebanded surgeonfish, firegoby and scissortail.
At one site we are lucky enough to have regular sightings of the rockmover wrasse, while various eels, such as honeycomb morays, and black-cheek, are commonly seen. Sharks are sighted at intervals, including great hammerheads, tiger sharks, blacktip reef sharks and the enormous whale shark.
Both humpback and southern right whales are recorded, with humpbacks the more commonly seen species. Green and loggerhead turtles are regularly seen, while leatherback and hawksbill turtles are occasionally encountered.
October to March has loggerhead and leatherback turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs.
Rocktail Beach Camp Map:
Health & Climate:
This is a malaria area.