Rocktail Camp, Maputaland, South Africa

Rocktail 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 South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast. With the Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore and the beach a brisk 20-minute walk from the camp, there are plenty of seaside adventures just waiting to be experienced.

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.

  • One of the best places in the world for scuba diving and snorkelling
  • The pristine golden beaches are a perfect family playground
  • During summer, sea turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs in the sand

Some things to do at Rocktail Camp

  • First time to Africa

    • Dive into the warm ocean and explore life-filled pristine reefs of the Maputaland Marine Reserve.
    • Relax on the beach and send your kids exploring on the rocks with their guide.
    • Take a “game drive” out to sea to look for bottlenose dolphins, turtles, manta rays and whale sharks.
  • Travelled to Africa

    • See colourful fish and anemones while snorkelling in the calm, warm waters of Lala Nek.
    • Visit the joint-venture Gugulesizwe Cultural Village and experience the Zulu and Tonga cultures.
    • Between October and March, go on a night turtle drive and watch a turtle laying its eggs – or little ones hatching..
  • Seasoned Traveller

    • Venture further afield to Lake Sibaya, the largest freshwater lake in South Africa.
    • Spend a fun afternoon quad biking on the hills of Maputaland with the kids.
    • Take a walk in the forest and spot some of the colourful coastal forest birds.



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