Rocktail Beach Camp

KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Incredible scuba diving

  • 15 offshore reefs to dive on

  • Explore deserted beaches

  • Watch whales migrating through from June - October

  • From October - March watch turtles come ashore to lay their eggs

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Game viewing is better during the drier months of April to September. The wildflower season is generally from mid August to mid September. October to March sees loggerhead and leatherback turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs. June to October produces wonderful sightings of humpback whales during their annual migration.

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Insider's View

Walk for miles along the awesome sweep of beach.

Walking down the beach in the moonlight looking out for leatherback and loggerhead turtle tracks as they pull themselves up onto the beach is very excitting...whether or not you are lucky enough to it happen. Turtle season runs from mid October to mid March.

We recommend to prebook the night time turtle activities to guarantee a place.

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Rocktail Beach Camp


Rocktail Bay is a stunningly beautiful part of the South African coast. The region is very wild with endless deserted beaches. Rocktail Beach Camp consists of 17 rooms including seven family units, most with a view of the ocean.

Rocktail Beach Camp is set back from the beach in the forest and is perched on a dune with views out to sea. The diving is conducted within a Reserve and World Heritage Site, along unspoiled reefs and guests at Rocktail have the luxury of knowing that they alone have access to the sites along this stretch of the coastline.

The camp consists of 17 en-suite rooms featuring indoor showers and overhead fans. Seven 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.

Rocktail Beach Camp also has a central dining room, bar and lounge with large wrap-around veranda. A raised viewing deck, just off the veranda, has wide views that extend out to the ocean. The camp's main area has a wine cellar, large pool, curio shop and children's playroom, complete with board games and other fun activities for families.

The wildlife is fascinating and days can be spent simply relaxing on one of the empty beaches or exploring the surrounding national reserves with the expert guides from the camp. Possible activities are numerous, and include snorkeling, fishing, stargazing and walks. Salt water fly-fishing, trips to Black Rock and Lake Sibaya to see the hippo are arranged daily.

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The Rocktail Beach Camp features 17 tented rooms including seven two-bedroom family units. The family units have shared bathrooms whilst the other rooms are en-suite.


Children are welcome but there are no facilities except babysitting. However, during school vacations the camp are good at organising things for children to do such as treasure hunts and nature trails.


Complimentary activities include snorkeling at Lala Nek, trips to Lake Sibaya, guided trail (beach and forest) and swimming (at own risk, no lifeguard). Activities at an additional charge include scuba diving (including PADI courses), excursions to Black Rock (60-foot fossilised sand dune with spectacular views), riding, Sangoma (traditional herbalist) cultural visits, Zulu dancing and star-gazing.

Location & directions

KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Rocktail Beach Camp is found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a lush region of forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands and warm seas on the KwaZulu-Natal caost, in the north-east of South Africa. Midway between Kosi Bay to the north and Sodwana Bay to the south.

How to get there

Manzengwenya airstrip is located 10 mins drive from the camp. Approximate driving time from: Durban airport - 6 hours, Richards Bay - 5 hours, Johannesburg airport - 7 hours.

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