World-class diving is conducted along coral reefs accessible only to Rocktail guests. Other adventures include birding, swimming and walking in the forest and along a 40 km untouched, golden beach. Excursions are available (at extra cost) to Lake Sibaya, the surrounding community and Gugulesizwe, a joint venture between Wilderness Safaris and the community, where Sangoma visits and quad biking are on offer. During summer guests can accompany nightly research drives to monitor turtle nesting numbers and behaviour. The sight of a 750kg leatherback turtle heaving herself up the beach to lay eggs is a once- in-a-lifetime spectacle.
There is a central dining and lounge area with large wrap-around veranda and a raised deck with wide views extending out to the ocean. A large pool, curio shop and children’s playroom complete the main area.
Rocktail Beach Camp, set back in the lush dune forest, has 17 en-suite rooms, seven of which are family suites each with a shared bathroom and two bedrooms. A honeymoon suite has wonderful views over the ocean and forest.
Rocktail Bay is situated in Maputaland on KwaZulu-Natal’s north-eastern seaboard, a diverse region of forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands and warm seas. It lies within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites which spans a range of ecological zones. Situated offshore is the Maputaland Marine Reserve which offers an additional sanctuary with extraordinary diving and snorkelling encounters with prolific marine life, spectacular coral landscape, and dolphins and whales. Few sections of the South African coastline are as unspoilt and secluded, and the area is known for its superb, pristine dive spots as well as the Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles that come to lay their eggs and hatch on the beaches. The land is a low- lying coastal plain, lined with ancient coastal dunes that are considered to be amongst the tallest vegetated dunes in the world and are swathed in lush green forest with a variety of animals, birds and plant life that provide a natural counterpoint to the bushveld. Common reedbuck frequent the marshes and grasslands, red duiker live in the forest areas, hippo are found in freshwater lakes and whales and dolphins are often seen offshore. Birding is outstanding, with a number of typical coastal forest species – Green Twinspot, Green Malkoha, Grey Waxbill, Purple-crested and Livingstone’s Turacos.