Rocktail, Maputaland, South Africa

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4Cs Projects at Rocktail

Rocktail has built off the excellent partnerships forged between Rocktail Bay Lodge and the local community and continued these to the benefit of all.

Maputaland Sea Turtle Project

Rocktail 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 every night throughout summer, monitoring turtles of both species when they emerge to lay eggs.

Keeping the Environment Clean

It is vital that our waste water does not contaminate the environment. At Rocktail, sewage and grey water are therefore treated in an Above Ground Sewage Plant, ensuring that the water is clean before being allowed to enter the natural sphere.

Children in the Wilderness

Children in the Wilderness South Africa runs a yearly camp programme at Rocktail, where the camp is closed to paying guests for five days. Eco-Mentor training also takes place at the camp where community members (mainly Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Beach Camp staff) become more proficient at hosting weekly Eco-Clubs at the two primary schools in the area.


More than 2% of the community in the immediate settlements (comprising approximately 1 500 people) are permanently employed at the camp and, through a programme called Business Linkages in Tourism, community-based enterprise is being supported to provide a range of additional products and services.

Gugulesizwe Joint Venture

One of the first joint ventures in South Africa between community, a conservation authority and ecotourism was that of Rocktail, involving Wilderness, the surrounding Mqobela and Mpukane communities and iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority.

Pack for a Purpose

Wilderness Safaris has partnered with Pack for a Purpose, a non-profit organisation that provides travellers with up-to-date information about required supplies for community-based projects. Guests that would like to bring along a contribution can view the needs list for Rocktail’s community projects on the Pack for a Purpose website.

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    May 26, 2016

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    May 25, 2016

    May lived up to its reputation as being one of the best months of the year for diving at Rocktail…

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Reviewed by: Chadpond, 26 January 2016