Rocktail Camp is owned and operated by Maputaland Travel, in collaboration with the local wildlife authority and the KwaMpukane community and is located on the KwaZulu Natal Coast. Service standards are superb, and the camp holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! The accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, excursions and scheduled transfers as agreed, services of camp staff and guides, parking, and a laundry service. The camp is open all year round, but scuba diving is not available on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp can be accessed via 10 minutes’ road transfer from Manzengwenya airstrip. It’s situated in the Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve, with a beautiful beach just 20 minutes’ walk away!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT ROCKTAIL BEACH CAMP:
Guest accommodation consists of 14 tents, all dotted around the forest. Each is raised on a wooden deck, with steps up into the interior. There are nine standard tents, four family tents, and one for honeymooners. Every standard tent contains twin beds (a double bed is available on request), bedside tables and lighting, a writing desk and chair, and storage furniture. Additional amenities include a ceiling fan, a mosquito coil, insect repellent, tea-and-coffee station, electronic safe, umbrella, and a good range of toiletries. Hot water bottles and extra blankets are supplied during the winter months. The en-suite facilities comprise flush toilet, washbasin, and shower. There’s a deck too, where you can relax and enjoy amazing views of the forest and the ocean beyond! The family tent option offers two bedrooms, while the honeymoon tent has a separate lounge area and a couple of sunloungers on the deck. In-tent massage treatments can be arranged.
The communal spaces at Rocktail Beach Camp are also raised on decking, and they’re accessed from the guest tents along sandy pathways through the forest. They include a pleasant lounge, featuring comfortable and colourful seating around coffee tables, shelves full of reading material, an intriguing selection of artefacts, and a well-stocked bar! This space flows out through double doors to the camp’s al fresco dining area, where rustic-chic tables-and-chairs are positioned in readiness for delicious meals. There’s a wraparound deck too, providing another area for guests to relax and dine, all the while marvelling at the scenery! Finally, there’s a very inviting swimming pool, with sunloungers set out under open-sided thatch-roof structures alongside.
ACTIVITIES AT ROCKTAIL BEACH CAMP:
Here’s a few activities available from Rocktail Camp:
Beachtime- Simply take a stroll down to the coast, to enjoy sunbathing, sandcastle-building, ball games, paddling, and swimming, the last with guide supervision.
Scuba diving at Rocktail Beach Camp- Due to its astonishing diversity of marine life, Rocktail is considered one of the finest dive sites in SA! Dives are offered from a centre next to the camp, with something to suit all abilities.
Snorkelling- Take a trip to snorkel site Lala Nek at low tide, to enjoy sightings of this nursery reef amidst tranquil waters.
Boating safaris- Also known as Ocean Experience, this activity consists of boating out to sea in the hope of spotting bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, turtles, and manta rays! Safarists can snorkel around the coral reefs of Island Rock too.
Turtle drives- These are available from 15th October to 15th March. It involves heading down to the beach at low tide, for opportunities to see nesting females and little hatchlings!
Humpback whale watching- Humpbacks migrate to Rocktail from Antarctica, and you can watch them frolicking and even giving birth from July to October each year.
Forest walks- Expert local guides lead fascinating walks through Maputaland’s forests, with opportunities for guests to learn about myths and legends, plants with healing powers, and the vibrant birdlife! Night-time scorpion walks can be organised too.
Village visits- Ideal for culture enthusiasts, this activity comprises a visit to KwaMpukane Community, to find out about the local people’s ways of life.
Kids’ activities- There’s no end of things to do for the little ones here! The camp has a playroom, and youngsters can take part in all activities when properly supervised. Specials for children include sand boarding, snorkelling, guided nature walks, arts-and-crafts, baking, and much more.