Bay Beach Camp (Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve,
KwaZulu-Natal) South Africa
Rocktail Beach Camp is located about 30 minutes drive
from Rocktail Bay Lodge and is situated at the current
Rocktail Dive Centre.
The camp is set back in and shaded by the sanctuary of
the lush coastal forest that covers the ancient dunes that
make up the edge of South Africa's north-east coast.
From a scuba diving perspective, Rocktail Bay is unique.
Not only is the diving conducted within a Reserve and World
Heritage Site along unspoiled reefs, but divers have the
luxury of knowing that they alone have access to these sites
and are the only underwater visitors along this stretch of
The camp consists of 12 rooms (including 3 family units),
most of which have a view of the ocean.
All have en-suite bathrooms, open-feel indoor shower and
overhead fans. Rocktail Beach Camp also has a central dining
room, bar and lounge with large wrap around veranda.
A television set and iPod are available in the camp's
main area for guests' enjoyment, as well as a large pool.
• 5 twin bedded rooms • 4 double bedded rooms • 3 Family
units – consisting of 1 double bed in 1 room and 2 x ¾ beds
in the 2nd room. Each family unit accommodates maximum 2
adults and 2 children and the family shares a bathroom. •
En-suite bathrooms with an open feel indoor shower • Fans •
The following amenities are provided: bath towels, hand
towels, pool towels, torch, laundry bag, mosquito coil,
insect repellent and bird list as well as soap, shampoo and
insect repellent • Safe in room
This is not a traditional 'big game' area, but the camp
is situated within a pristine coastal forest reserve which
is interspersed with rolling grasslands and waterberry/palm
savannah. This lush area abounds with a variety of animals,
birds and plant life that provide a natural counterpoint to
Common reedbuck frequent the marshes and grasslands and
the red duiker lives in the forest areas. Hippo are
sometimes found in freshwater lakes, while whales and
dolphins are often seen offshore. Birding is outstanding,
with a number of special coastal forest species - Green
Twinspot, Green Malkoha, Grey Waxbill, Purple-crested and
Livingstone's Turacos, Red-capped Robin-chat and the
jewel-like African Emerald Cuckoo in the forests, and
Rosy-throated Longclaw in the open grasslands. The reef
systems here are amongst the most pristine in the world,
boasting healthy soft and hard corals. Large numbers of the
butterfly fish and triggerfish families are seen on every
dive, interspersed with clown triggerfish, Moorish idol,
bannerfish, coachman, pencilled, powder-blue and blue banded
surgeonfish, firegoby and scissortail.
At one site we are lucky enough to have regular sightings
of the rockmover wrasse, while various eels, such as
honeycomb morays, and black-cheek, are commonly seen.
Marbled electric rays, blue-spotted and round ribbontail
rays are common representatives of this family while the
occasional manta and spotted eagle ray have also been
Sharks are sighted at intervals, including great
hammerheads, tiger sharks, blacktip reef sharks and the
enormous whale shark. Large numbers of pregnant spotted
ragged-tooth sharks (also known as grey nurse sharks) appear
in the area from late November until March and Rocktail Bay
Lodge assists the Natal Sharks Board in monitoring and
understanding what drives the arrival of this species in the
The site most often frequented by these sharks is only in
10m of water and as such can be enjoyed by both divers and
snorkelers. The advent of winter heralds the arrival of
whales in the seas off Rocktail.
Both humpback and southern right whales are recorded,
with humpbacks the more commonly seen species. Finally,
green and loggerhead turtles are regularly seen, while
leatherback and hawksbill turtles are occasionally
encountered. October to March has loggerhead and leatherback
turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs.
From $225 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.