AREA: Zululand and Maputaland
Rocktail Bay Lodge, hidden away along Maputaland's beautiful coastline, offers perhaps the most unspoilt beach experience in South Africa, where endless white beaches invite you to play, relax and enjoy superlative dive spots and reef systems boasting healthy coral life.
Rocktail Bay Lodge is situated in the northern reaches of the iSimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This whole area has been declared a World Heritage Site.
The lodge is located a stone's throw from the warm Indian Ocean and one of the most incredible beaches in South Africa. Built out of the wind within the canopy of evergreen dune forest, Rocktail Bay Lodge offers a very different beach holiday.
As part of the Wilderness Safaris Group, your stay at Rocktail will be as all-inclusive as possible, with the core activities such as game drives, nature walks, boating and all meals included in the price of accommodation.
Accommodation at Rocktail Bay Lodge is in 11 tree-house chalets (including a family unit). Each en-suite room has its own private balcony and an additional outdoor shower surrounded by indigenous forest. A boardwalk also winds from the Lodge through spectacular, ancient dune forest and down to the beach.
All meals are included in the price of accommodation during your stay at Rocktail Bay Lodge. The main lodge area has a convivial lounge and meals are enjoyed either in the separate dining room or on an open wooden deck under an inviting Natal mahogany tree.
Maputaland, situated on KwaZulu-Natal's north-eastern seaboard, is a diverse region of forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches, grasslands and waterberry savannah and warm seas. Rocktail Bay Lodge is located here, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of South Africa's World Heritage Sites which spans a range of ecological zones. Situated offshore from Rocktail Bay is the Maputaland Marine Reserve which offers an additional sanctuary with extraordinary diving and snorkelling encounters with huge shoals of fish, dolphins and whales.
On land, this lush area abounds with a variety of animals, birds and plant life that provide a natural counterpoint to the bushveld. 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, the jewel-like African Emerald Cuckoo in the forests, and Rosy-throated Longclaw in the open grasslands.
At Manzengwenya, 11km south of Rocktail Bay Lodge, we have our own fully accredited dive centre where we offer boating excursions out to sea around low tide to enjoy scuba diving (and snorkelling) on the pristine coral reefs offshore. (Please take special note that dive certification and pre-booking is compulsory for scuba activities).
Other lodge activities include fly-fishing, snorkelling, swimming and drives to Black Rock, birding walks, quad biking, horse ride safaris and drives and visits to the surrounding community in open 4x4 Land Rovers. Massage treatments on your chalet deck are also available.
During the summer months Rocktail Bay Lodge is integrally involved in ongoing turtle research. Guests are able to accompany the resident turtle expert on research drives at low tide at night helping to monitor the turtles' nesting numbers and behaviour. The sight of a 750kg Leatherback heaving herself up and down the beach to lay her eggs must rate as one of the most moving wildlife experiences anywhere.
Rocktail Bay Lodge is currently closed for refurbishment and that the opening date is still to be advised. In the meantime please consider a visit to the Lodge's sister camp - Rocktail Beach Camp.
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