Rocktail Beach Camp in Maputaland

Zulu greetings

Zulu greetings @ Rocktail

Rocktail Beach Camp is one of those places that have been on my wish list for a long time. So when my family from The Netherlands visited I thought I’d drag them along. It’s not an easy accessible place and to drive there by myself, I would probably not have done it for a long time. The night before we stayed at Pongola Private Game Reserve at While Elephant Private Bushcamp and it supposed to be just an easy 2 hour drive…. NOT!! I didn’t listen to my own advice and followed the GPS. Something you should NEVER do in this area because it sends you onto all kinds of dirt road that you REALLY don’t want to get stuck at.. Anyway, it was a bit of an adventure. We got to the point from where we were picked up in 4×4 because the last 40 minutes can’t be done with a normal car. So now you see why it is a bit of a mission to get there.

But we all know: after some effort the reward will be all the better so here we arrived at this beautiful lodge in the coastal forest. The accommodation consists of 14 tented chalets, with your own ensuite bathroom and deck from where you’ll see the Indian Ocean. Everything is built from natural material as much as possible

Private deck @ Rocktail

Private deck @ Rocktail

We didn’t have the most wonderful weather but in the afternoon we still went down to the beach which goes on and on and on and on. You can’t get more pristine. I don’t know any other country where you have stretches of beach that are so well protected. True paradise. From the lodge it’s about 15 minutes walk down to the beach but the friendly drivers can also quickly drop you off there.

Looooong beaches

Looooong beaches with no other person!

Everyone at Rocktail will try to make your stay as wonderful as possible. True Zulu hospitality and friendliness. We loved it!

Rocktail is owned and managed by Wilderness Safaris, a luxurious responsible tourism company that exists to protect pristine wilderness areas and including local communities in this process. They were  established in 1983 and operate camps and lodges in many African countries, making Africa and the world a better place step by step.

I would suggest at least 3 days to take advantage of all the wonderful activities on offer. October to March has loggerhead and leatherback turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs. It is one of the draw cards of the lodge from where excursions take place to see these special creatures. We will need to go back there.

We went to the beach and the next day I went with my parents on a drive through the local villages which is about a 45 minute drive. You can also go snorkeling and of course scuba diving in a World Heritage Site. I will have to go back to experience that. You always need a reason to go back to special places.

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