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..
- 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.