Rocktail Beach Camp, Maputaland, South Africa

Rocktail Beach Camp is an Adventures Camp

Things to do at Rocktail Beach Camp

At Rocktail, ocean and beach are the focus, along with coastal forest exploration, cultural interaction and pure holiday relaxation.


Scuba Diving

Rocktail is considered the premier dive site in South Africa, with pristine coral reefs that only Rocktail guests have access to. Shore-based diving is also available. Divers must bring dive cards and/or log books. No card – no dive!


PADI Scuba Diving Courses

There is a fully accredited dive centre and diving operation, so a range of courses are offered, from beginners to Open Water and more. Dive equipment can be hired here too.


Snorkelling

Snorkelling in the tropical waters of Lala Nek reveals magical tidal life in the bay. Lala Nek boasts an emerged sedimentary rocky reef with a safe shore entry, and brims with diverse marine life, making it ideal for guests of all ages.


Turtle Drives

(Oct-Mar) An opportunity of a lifetime to witness loggerhead and leatherback turtles coming ashore to dig a nest and lay eggs. Watching the hatchling turtles make their way to the ocean is another moving experience.


Ocean Safari Experience

A “game drive” out to sea, we look for bottlenose dolphins, turtles, manta rays and whale sharks. We then choose an appropriate snorkelling site to discover the wonderful fish life below.


Trips to Lake Sibaya

Take a trip to Lake Sibaya, South Africa’s largest natural freshwater lake and enjoy sightings of KwaZulu-Natal’s second largest population of hippo and crocodiles while sipping a sundowner.


Forest Walks (Guided & Unguided)

Wander along a beach and forest trail with one of our guides and learn about the fauna and flora of the Maputaland Coastal Forest. Catch a glimpse of birds like green twinspot, green malkoha, purple-crested turaco, and a number of small antelope.


Excursions to Black Rock

For spectacular views of the area, set out for Black Rock, a 60-foot fossilised sand dune. Note Black Rock is 1hr30mins drive to and from camp.


Gugulesizwe Cultural Village

At joint-venture Gugulesizwe, authentic aspects of Zulu and Tonga culture and tradition can be observed through dance, architecture, food and traditional lifestyles. Sangoma visits, Zulu dancing, quad-biking and star-gazing are all activities here.


Tembe Elephant Park Morning Safari

Situated only an hour from Rocktail, Tembe has big game including some of the largest tuskers in southern Africa. Depart 7am for breakfast at Masizwane Lodge, then a 2.5hr game drive in the Park before heading back to Rocktail in time for lunch.

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Latest News From Rocktail Beach Camp

  • Rocktail Dive Report - July 2013
    Aug 25, 2013

    An explanation for why the sunfish was in our area could be that it was feeding in the plankton-rich waters. This month we had a few days where the visibility was been between 6-10m due to the plankton that was in the water. Other fish...

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  • Rocktail Dive Report - June 2013
    Jul 29, 2013

    Clive saw the first group of whales on the ninth of June. We were busy diving at Elusive when a pod of seven adult whales swam right over us; unfortunately we did not see them from down below.

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  • Rocktail Dive Report - May 2013
    Jun 12, 2013

    The Macdonald family, who are also regular diving guests at Rocktail, came down to enjoy the May school holidays. Dad, Duncan and mom, Dianne had both completed their dive courses here and dive here often. Eldest son, James, watched with...

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A Quote From Our Guests

“ We are keen divers, and 3 days felt like 2 weeks in terms of how relaxed and rejuvenated we felt. This is an incredibly special and unique place - in a coastal nature reserve tucked away in the forest, with no other signs of life around - a deserted, untouched beach. ”
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Reviewed by: Moomole, 2013.09.26