Rocktail: A pristine tropical beach and dive experience

Rocktail is set back in and shaded by the sanctuary of the lush Maputaland Coastal Forest covering the ancient dunes that make up the edge of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal coast. With the Maputaland Marine Reserve just offshore and the beach a brisk 20-minute walk from the camp, there are plenty of seaside adventures just waiting to be experienced.

Each of its 14 rooms has an en-suite bathroom and an open-feel indoor shower. Four of these are family units with a shared bathroom and two bedrooms for two adults and two children. A honeymoon unit has wonderful views over the ocean and dune forest. The main area boasts a central dining room, bar and lounge with large wrap-around veranda, a raised viewing deck, wine cellar, large pool, curio shop and children's playroom.


  • One of the best places in the world for scuba diving and snorkelling
  • The pristine golden beaches are a perfect family playground
  • During summer, sea turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs in the sand

Things to do


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*

In the summer season (October to March), take the 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. *This activity is at additional cost.

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.

Scuba Diving*

Rocktail is considered the premier dive site in South Africa, with pristine coral reefs and an incredible variety and abundance of fish to be seen, from manta rays and butterflyfish to whales and dolphins. Divers must bring dive cards to participate and log books are also recommended. *This activity is at additional cost and weather and sea condition dependent. (

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. *Courses are at additional cost.

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. *This activity is at additional cost with a minimum of four people.

Kids' Activities

At Rocktail, we offer a comprehensive range of activities for children, both at the camp and on the beach. These include specially guided nature walks, sand boarding, snorkelling, arts and crafts and baking - to name but a few.

Cultural Village Visit*

Authentic aspects of Zulu and Tonga culture and tradition can be observed through architecture, food and traditional lifestyles in the local village. *This activity is at additional cost.

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. *This activity is at additional cost.

Rocktail Camp Map


Activities and Facilities:

Scuba Diving/Snorkelling (at extra cost) Game Drive (Day) Birding Catch-and-Release Fishing Cultural Experiences (at extra cost) Guided Walks Pool Family Room Tented Camp Turtle Activities (at extra cost) Message Treatment No Wi-Fi

Latest News From Rocktail Camp

  • Rocktail Dive Report - March 2017
    Mar 29, 2017

    March was an exciting month of dives at Rocktail – including another sighting of Fiona the frogfish!

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  • Rocktail Dive Report - September 2016
    Sep 3, 2016

    As summer approaches we say goodbye to the humpback whales and hello to the mother turtles, some of which have already arrived to lay their eggs...

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  • Rocktail Dive Report - August 2016
    Aug 6, 2016

    Ever had a 14-metre, 40-tonne humpback whale come over and have a look at you? Really come and have a good look at you? Well, a few very lucky Rocktail divers did this August…

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As recommended on TripAdvisor

“ Best ever place to be for holiday! Snorkelling, turtle rides, excellent food, best view, best service, will definitely recommend it and visit again! ”
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Reviewed by: Sariet N, 11 January 2017