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  • Exceptional beauty and shaded sanctuary on the ancient dunes that make up the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest
  • Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore, with some of the country's best diving exclusively for guests
  • Incredible outdoor activities on offer, including turtle experiences between November and January

Rocktail Beach Camp

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

58km from Mbazwana


-27.2631, 32.7685


Rocktail Beach Camp, set 700 metres from Maputaland’s Indian Ocean, offers a  pristine tropical beach and dive experience, along with coastal forest and lake exploration, cultural interaction and pure holiday relaxation in 17 luxury tented suites. 

Each room has an en-suite bathroom and an open-feel indoor shower, and seven of these are family units with a shared bathroom and two bedrooms. All suites, and in particular the honeymoon unit, feature wooden decks with wonderful views over the ocean and dune forest; where monkeys, duikers and reedbuck are found, along with some special endemic bird species.

Decorated in true beach house style, the open-plan main area boasts a central dining room, bar and lounge with a large wrap-around veranda, a raised viewing deck, wine cellar, large pool, curio shop and a children's playroom. The all-inclusive rates include a wonderful array of food from the buffet, as well as a snorkelling trip to the picturesque Lala Nek, while the host of other excursions available can be undertaken at extra cost.

For divers and snorkelers, the reef systems are resplendent with colourful corals, abundant fish species, various eels, sharks including the iconic whale shark and ragged-tooth, dolphins and of course turtles, which reserve a special place at Rocktail. The camp partners with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in protecting loggerhead and leatherback turtles that nest on the beach, one of only two places in Africa where leatherbacks breed. 

Rocktail guides patrol the beach on summer nights, monitoring turtles, and guests can join their guides to watch the massive creatures painstakingly lay hundreds of eggs at a time before lumbering back to the ocean. 

Guests with 4x4 vehicles can explore the area at their leisure, but with endless beaches, unspoilt forest and prolific rock pools on the doorstep of the supremely comfortable camp, it is almost unnecessary to travel too far. 

Rates & Summary

10 Luxury Double Suites

Each sleeps 2 
En-suite shower
Private deck
Forest and ocean views

7 Family Suites

Each sleeps 2 adults and 2 children 
Shared bathroom with shower
Private deck
Forest and ocean views


  • R 2 343 - R 2 869 pp sharing, full board

Prices vary depending on season
Single supplement: 30%
Full Board rates include twice daily scheduled camp activities, laundry, scheduled transfers and snorkelling at Lala Nek 


Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.


Children are very welcome and enjoy the kids playroom.

  • 0 - 2: stay for free 
  • 3 – 13yrs: 50% of the adult rate

Why Stay Here?

Rocktail Beach Camp is a tranquil, well-managed luxury retreat set in the shaded sanctuary of the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest – an exceptionally remote and beautiful area of Kwazulu-Natal. The unspoilt stretch of coastline abounds with marine life and Rocktail is considered the premier dive site in South Africa, with pristine coral reefs that only guests have access to, while turtles can be watched laying their eggs on the beach. An outstanding range of other land, lake and sea-based activities cater for both children and adults. 


  • Exceptional beauty and shaded sanctuary on the ancient dunes that make up the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest
  • Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore, with some of the country's best diving exclusively for guests
  • Incredible outdoor activities on offer, including turtle experiences between November and January


Each suite is tucked away in the forest and set well apart.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, fishing gear, binoculars for birding, whale watching and dolphin spotting. Scuba and snorkelling gear is available at the lodge.

Road Conditions

The camp is only reachable by 4x4 owing to deep sand on the dirt road approach. Sedan drivers park their cars at Coastal Cashews and get transferred to the camp at an arranged pick up time.

Activities & Attractions

  • Beach - 20 min walk
  • Snorkelling - gear available
  • Scuba diving - gear available
  • Saltwater fishing
  • Forest walks
  • Bird watching
  • Turtle drives
  • Trips to Lake Sibaya
  • Tour to a Zulu village
  • Curio shop
  • In-room massage


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Licensed

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • No television

Access & Convenience

  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 50km
  • Nearest fuel further than 50km
  • Shuttle service available


  • Credit cards not accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Elephant Coast

KwaZulu Natal


On the eastern seaboard of South Africa, the wild country of the Elephant Coast presses up against the Indian Ocean in the east, Mozambique in the north and Zululand to the south and west. Here, the bright lights of the city are nowhere to be seen, replaced by night skies as unpolluted as nature created them.

The area was named for the elephants that once roamed here in great numbers, hunted for their tusks until they had all but disappeared. Luckily this has been turned around and elephants can once again be seen in many of the region’s game reserves, along with the rest of the Big 5.

Made up of extensive commercial farms, private game farms and government game reserves, the Elephant Coast is still relatively untouched by modernity. It incorporates vast expanses of wilderness, including an internationally renowned World Heritage Site, the 328000ha Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It is also home to Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, founded in 1895.

The area is a must-visit for ecologically minded tourists; there is far more to see than just the two flagship reserves. Fortunate tourists can see the Big 5, scuba dive with whale sharks or manta rays, watch turtles laying their eggs, fish for tigerfish, and ride horses on the beach or through the bush. It’s a region that is rich in diversity.

Ndumo Game Reserve and Tembe Elephant Reserve are both on the border with Mozambique and offer unique experiences for twitchers and pachyderm fans.

Tembe now boasts herds of elephants that are noted for their impressive tusks, and it’s one of the better places in South Africa to get good sightings and photographs of these animals.

Ndumo is best known for its birding. Species such as the narina trogon, palm-nut vulture and green twinspot can be seen in the forests of figs and other beautiful trees. Healthy populations of hippo and crocodile lurk in the pans and rivers.

KosiBay, a reserve protecting a series of shallow coastal lakes and all that lives in and around them, offers excellent fishing. There are also fascinating cultural and wildlife walks and birding opportunities. In season, one can watch turtles as they lay eggs or hatch from them.

Also on the coast is Sodwana Bay, yet another conservation area run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. It’s a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers from all over the world.

Sodwana holds beneath its waters coral reefs that are home to an estimated 1 200 fish species. These include the prehistoric coelacanth, as well as sharks and other fish.

Lake Sibaya is another attraction, although one that has failed to attain the popularity it deserves. The largest fresh-water lake in South Africa, Sibaya is home to thousands of waterbirds. Game is plentiful along its shores and crocodiles stalk its clear water.

The Jozini, or Pongolapoort, Dam offers a wonderful blend of sport fishing with game viewing. The river itself is also home to healthy populations of tigerfish.

Look out for

Isimangaliso Wetland Park – this World Heritage Site is amazingly diverse and deserves at least a few days of your time. Go for a boat cruise on the estuary, a game drive through the bush, and a hike along the shores of Lake St Lucia.

Sodwana Bay – take advantage of one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Beginners can go on courses or snorkel; while more experienced divers have a number of reefs to choose from.

Birdwatching – the entire Elephant Coast is home to bountiful birdlife, although there are a few hot spots. The pans of Mkhuze Game Reserve play host to pelicans and all sorts of other birdlife. Over 420 bird species have been recorded in the riverine forest, woodland and savannahs of the park. Ndumo Game Reserve has an even better record, with more than 430 species recorded, the most for anywhere in South Africa. Beautiful, fever tree-lined pans are home to specials such as Pel’s fishing owl, broadbill and black egret.

Fishing – the Elephant Coast’s Jozini Dam is one of the few places in South Africa where anglers can try their luck at landing the tigerfish, one of the most ferocious, toothy fish in the world. If salt-water fishing is preferred, Kosi Bay is a popular and exceptional fishery, while deep-sea charters also operate from St Lucia.

Turtle tours – St Lucia is probably the best place in the country to go on an organised turtle watching tour. While sightings can’t be guaranteed, you have a good chance of seeing leatherback and loggerhead turtles laying eggs or hatching. Community guides at Kosi Bay also offer turtle watching tours that are very worthwhile.

Game view – the Elephant Coast is still home to a healthy population of big tuskers, especially in Tembe Elephant Park. A good sighting of these animals will stay with you for the rest of your life. The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is internationally famous for saving the white rhino from extinction, and it remains one of the best places in the world to view this docile behemoth. The rest of the Big 5 can also be seen here, along with many other interesting animals.

Hike – while some areas require a guide (especially the Big 5 parks), there are some exceptional walking trails on the Elephant Coast. Almost all game reserves will offer day trails, while a trail with a difference can be enjoyed at Kosi bay. Here you can wander around the Kosi Mouth estuary, inspecting the primitive fish traps and watching locals at work spearing their catch. 

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