Rocktail Beach Camp

Rocktail Beach Camp is a secluded hideaway in the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest covering the ancient dunes that make up the edge of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast. The Maputaland Marine Reserve is just offshore offering world-class diving and snorkelling. A remote and unspoilt beach is a brisk 20-minute walk from the camp. With 40km of untouched coastline to explore you really will feel like you have your own piece of South Africa to explore.

Rocktail Beach Camp offers 17 en-suite rooms. 7 of the rooms are family units with a shared bathroom and 2 bedrooms. A honeymoon unit has wonderful views over the ocean and dune forest. The general camp area provides a central dining room, bar and lounge with large wrap-around veranda. The spectacular ocean views can be admired from a raised viewing deck just off the veranda. There is also a wine cellar, large pool, curio shop and children's playroom, complete with board games and other fun activities for families.

How to get to Rocktail Beach Camp

A 5 to 6 hour drive from Durban. You will leave your vehicle for the last hour's drive which will be in one of the lodge's 4x4 vehicles along the forested dune roads. It is also possible to get a charter flight to Manzengwenya airstrip only 30 min drive away, or you can get a scheduled flight to Richard's Bay roughly 3 to 4 hr drive away.

Activities at Rocktail Beach Camp

Scuba diving; snorkelling; excursions to black rock; outings to Gugulesizwe Cultural Village for quad-biking; horse riding; stargazing; Zulu dancing and sangoma visits; fishing; forest walks; bird watching and turtle tracking in season.

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Client Score: 4.6 out of 5 based on 8 reviews 4.5 View more reviews
Rocktail Beach Camp

Lauren & Ian Ratner

5

Food: Excellent quality and selection. Enjoyed the light breakfast, excellent omelettes. On out last day, the chef and staff arranged for a box breakfast/lunch for us to take on our 5 hour journey to the airport as we had a very early departure. It was amazing, and he let us pick whatever we wanted and included some extra goodies as well. They offered to pack box luches for picnics at the beach and I regret that we never took advantage of it. The same chef catered the dive/ocean adventure trips and let's just say that nobody ever left hungry. My family also liked the omelettes. We liked the variety of having a menu at lunch and buffet at dinner and that even with the buffet, the starters and dessert were ordered off the menu which is nice so that we didn't need to keep getting up and down. The only area for improvement is the english language skills of the bar and wait staff. Obviously English is not their first language, so it was hard to communicate any special requests to them. We loved the bar snacks at the bar in the evening--especially the chilli bites. Activities:Board games need replenishing. They are getting old and worn out and pieces missing. Lots of people were using them so would be worthwhile. Recommend adding a book or two on local fish that you see when snorkeling. Was fantastic that it is connected to the dive center and that staff from the dive center come to your dinner table to book ocean adventure or diving excursions for the next day--very convenient. Please note that while the Ocean Adventure is exhilerating and we did see and swim with dolphins, it is not for the faint of heart. It is difficult to get into the inflatable boat from the beach and from the water. Snorkeling was much more relaxing and we saw many, many beautiful fish. We saw 9 scorpions when on the nightime scorpion walk, surfed down huge sand dunes, saw a giant loggerhead turtle making her nest for egg laying, and tasted several native fruits on a nature walk on the trails. My daughters and I went on a 3 hour walk on the trails which are really great, but the trail markings need to be repaired/replaced and some of the trails cleared. We also went on a trip to lake Sibaya in search of hippos and crocs. Unfortunately the hippos remained elusive, but we did see one croc and some nice birds. It is a nice activity but by this point we were pretty much "game drived out" at this point so might skip it next time since it is a long drive. MB was our guide for most of the activities and he was excellent. Have your travel agent book your turtle drive before you arrive because spots fill up quickly. Accomodations: We stayed in a 2 bedroom cabin with a bathroom, canvas walls and windows that unzip. Rocktail provided a nice celection of coffee and tea in the cabin and made sure that we had plenty of products to keep the bugs at bay. The free laundry was a nice touch and it came back extremely fast. Beds were extremly comfortable but because the cabins are somewhat exposed to the elements, have no air conditioning, and it rained, we found them to be quite damp at times. Our cabin was #2, and was very convenient to the lodge but with no view. The closer cabins have no ocean views, so if you want a scenic view, you need to be in cabins 4-13 which are farther up the hill and can be a long walk to dinner and activities. We liked the shower, as it was very clean and unique (indoor-outdoor with drain through the bottom of the floor). Social: Nice bar area where it is easy to relax, play games, or mingle with other guests. Pool is a bit dirty, especially after a rain storm, but not too bad. Nice that they serve drinks from the bar there. Logistics: Rocktail Camp is pretty far from the main road and 5 hours from the Durban airport. Our flight was early which meant we needed to leave Rocktail by 745 AM to make the flight. That was if everything went according to plan. Our departure time should have been at least an hour earlier to catch our departing flight in Durban without undue stress.

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Rocktail Beach Camp

Michael and Maeve Deeny

4

Beautiful place, facilities and excellent activities. Excellent staff. The only issue is around the very remote location (takes a long time to get there) and some of the roads around it are not great - but its worth the effort.

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Rocktail Beach Camp

Alexia & James Lerner

5

Incredibly beautiful beach, very nice tents, excellent food and very warm hospitality.

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