Rocktail Beach Camp Reviews

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Client Score: 4.5
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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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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Alexia & James Lerner

5

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

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Ms Eileen Venci-Bennett

4

We really enjoyed the beach. The staff was very friendly and eager to help.

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Mr Andrew Hanson

5

Rocktail beach camp was lovely but the accommodation was less luxurious than Thonga but perfectly adequate with some superb views. There was some night noise from small animals in the roof space which was a bit off-putting but there was no actual invasion. The welcome, food and service were great and there was nothing they would not do to make our stay enjoyable. We did trips to Lala Nec for a day on the beach and they supplied a picnic and a guide to look after us and had a fabulous day on our own on the most magnificent beach, snorkelling swimming and sun bathing. We did the trip to Sabaya Lake for the crocodiles and hippo's which proved a bit over rated as we only saw one sleeping crocodile but had drinks watching the sunset and a great trip through the local area and explanations about local life etc. We had marvellous ocean experience trip out to sea to watch and swim with the hump back whales as described above.

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Anonymous

4

For a budget family camp Rocktail ticked the box. The rooms were comfortable and the food very good. The manager - Andrew was friendly and very helpful. The location and beaches unbeatable, rarely do you have such magnificent beaches to yourself. But if I have one criticism it was the activities. They hadn't been thought through enough with children in mind and given that we were on one night the only guests staying I felt the activities manager could have worked a tad harder to explain what was on offer and give advice on what he thought would suit us. For instance, on the first day it was mentioned briefly that boarding on the sand dunes was a fun thing to do with children. No more was said. Then on our last afternoon we came across said sand dunes down the beach. They were awesome and we realised this was an opportunity missed! Also we spent one morning on the Ocean safari looking for whales and dolphins. There was a boat full of people and our guide obviously had her hands full. When you take a youngish child - 9 years old, out on one of these trips, they need a bit of help getting mask and flippers on, if your guide is coping with 9 visitors they can't do this. We went horse riding, but to be honest this was a bit of a non event. On the activities board it mentioned playing football, when I asked the activities manager about it he laughed and pointed at my two and said they could play against each other as there were no other kids at the camp. Snorkeling and rock pooling worked well though and we promised to return in turtle season!

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Joy Burden

5

Fantastic - staff great and location fab

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Anonymous

5

Slightly more rustic but still excellent. Loved it all.

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