Rocktail Bay Beach Camp
The Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve is one of the most pristine areas along the KZN coastline, covering an area of 30 200 square kilometers, with very few inhabitants, and even fewer tourists. It is a forest mosaic that covers the humid coastal strip along the Indian Ocean, extending from St. Lucia in the south, all the way north into Mozambique.
Rocktail Beach Camp is at the moment the only camp situated in the lush and vibrant Maputoland Coastal Forest Reserve, and is Wilderness Safaris only Adventure camp in South Africa. The camp itself is perfect set back in the shaded coastal forest, providing a perfect setting to relax and take in the busy daily happenings of the natural world surrounding the camp. The camp has 17 rooms, each one isolated from the other giving you a feeling of being on your own under the African sky. All are en-suite with an open-feel indoor shower. The central area has a large lounge and a well-stocked bar and large wrap-around verandah.
I have been lucky to work at the Lodge on a number of occasions for Wilderness Safaris, and has become one of my favourite places to visit in South Africa, and certain one of my best places to dive. The reefs are pristine and offer a great variety of life to photograph. Never fails to deliver! The dive operation on site are very good and well run, with Daryl, Michelle and Clive having operated her from the beginning, basically pioneering the diving in the area.
Rocktail Beach Camp be our base for a number of courses, ranging from basic workshops on “Getting the Image” to more adventurous dive trips to photograph the sharks of the Coastal Forest Reserve. Certain times of the year it may be possible to interact with the whale populations which traverse north in the winter months, and then south again in the Spring months.
Rocktail Bay has a lot to offer, and once you have been once, you will want to return over again!