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Rocktail Beach Camp

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Rocktail Beach Camp is located in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, northern KwaZulu-Natal. Built in the Coastal Forest Reserve, Rocktail Beach camp is a brisk 20-minute walk from Rocktail Bay. Here one is able to go swimming in the Indian Ocean, snorkelling, sunbathing and scuba diving.


Rocktail Beach Camp at a Glance

  • 17 x Tented Bedrooms
  • 7 x Family Suites – 2 bedrooms, shared bathroom
  • 1 x Honeymoon Suite
  • Bathroom with shower en suite – solar heating /li>
  • Ceiling fan
  • Dining room
  • Bar
  • Wine cellar
  • Lounge
  • Veranda
  • View deck
  • Swimming pool
  • Curio shop
  • Children’s play room
  • 220 v limited to lighting and charging of batteries


The camp consists of 17 rooms, including seven family units, most of which have a limited view of the ocean. All have en-suite bathrooms, with an "open-feel" indoor shower. Ceiling fans cool the rooms in summer. Rocktail Beach Camp has a central dining room, a bar with wine cellar and lounge with a large wrap around veranda. There is a view deck and large swimming pool. A television set and iPod are available in the camp's main area for guests' enjoyment, as well as a childrens play room.

For scuba divers, Rocktail Beach Camp offers a unique dive experience. Not only is the diving conducted within the Maputaland Marine Reserve a World Heritage Site, but divers have the privilege that they are the only underwater visitors able to access this particular part of the Zululand coast.


Located within the greater iSimangaliso Wetland Park in the Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve in northern Kwazulu-Natal. This section of the Indian Ocean is part of the Maputaland Marine Reserve. It lies midway between Kosi Bay to the north and Sodwana Bay to the south.

The camp is situated within the Maputaland coastal forest reserve, which is not a typical game reserve, but birding is excellent whilst red duiker, reedbuck, Samango monkeys and Red squirrels are sometimes seen - especially if one goes on forest walks.

Dolphin are often seen offshore and the reef diving is excellent. From October through to March on is able to see loggerhead and leatherback turtles coming ashore at night to lay their eggs (please note turtle drives are not offered at Rocktail Beach Camp). From June to October the humpback whales may be seen close inshore, during their annual migration.

Swimming at own risk may also be enjoyed – no life guard!

Extra activities at an additional cost:

  • Scuba diving (scuba divers must produce a valid dive card and log book.
  • PADI Scuba diving courses (Various courses are offered from beginners to advanced.)
  • Excursions to Black Rock (Black Rock is about 1 hour 30 minutes drive either way from Rocktail Beach camp)

The Gugulesizwe Activity is a joint venture between Safari & Adventure Co. and the community. These these activities can only be priced, booked and paid for at the camp: 

  • Sangoma Visits
  • Zulu Tsonga cultural experience
  • Quad biking

The following activities are prohibited in the reserve:

  • Surfing, boardsailing, the launching of any type of boat, lighting of fires, driving of vehicles on the beach.

Activity times are flexible and depend on the tides and weather. Times for guided walks are arranged at the camp on request.

Not included:

  • Drinks
  • Daily laundry service (can be provided) 

Extras may be paid for with cash, Master Card or Visa. Cheques are not accepted. Some Foreign currency and Rand travellers’ cheques are also accepted

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