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Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a bit of a mission to get there, but when you do, you'll know it was worth it. We were there for 5 nights and stayed in a two person tented cabin (no. 6) with glorious views of the indigenous forest with the sea in the distance. In summary, simple comfortable and spotlessly clean accommodation in the middle of...

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Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For anyone looking to combine diving and safari into one trip, Rocktail Beach Camp is the perfect solution. They have an onsite Dive Center (Mokarran Dive Charters) which is first rate, they are super close to the beach (which is right off the Maputaland Marine Reserve), and the rooms are lovely and spacious with ensuite bathrooms. Besides diving, they have...

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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp, responded to this review

Dear Merrill, We are glad to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us as well as the time spent with the great team at Mokarran Dive Center. With the majority of the staff coming from the local villages they have grown up with little to no English - and therefore have adapted this incredibly so, all now being...

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Flew into Manzengweya airstrip which is about a 7 minute drive to the Wilderness Rocktail camp. Spent 4 nights at the camp and had a great time. The weather was not great on one day in particular but fine the rest of the time. In my view this lodge will suit divers and snorkelers most. The water in the ocean...

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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp, responded to this review

Thank you Paul for the brilliant review, we are thrilled to read all the happy memories of your stay with us and hope you will return to make some more great ones together. The scorpion walks is something special seeing the little critters turn luminescent under the light of the torch. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris

Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a lovely place. Accommodation in tent-like pavilions, very comfortable and cosy. Thanks to little bit longer walk you'll get more privacy. Beautiful view on the Indian Ocean, tons of butterflys and some monkeys "fast as a lightning" :-) It is a Turtle Mecca - you can see them digging nests and laying eggs, and hatchlings rushing to the...

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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp, responded to this review

Dear Slupinski, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are glad to see how much you enjoyed the world class diving on offer with the fabulous Michelle and Clive and will be sure to pass on your regards to them. The Turtle drive is definitely a highlight and we are glad you were able to see them in action in...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here for lunch on our way up the coast via 4x4 from Sodwana. Was told that the beach has been nailed a bit from the recent cyclone and the road from Lala Nek to Bhanga Nek is not passible due to fallen trees and overgrowth from the roads disuse. So it seems that to accces areas north of lala...

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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp, responded to this review

Dear Produsa, Thank you for the review, and are glad to see you enjoyed your short lunch visit with us. We were a little bashed - as you mention - by the passing tropical storms that recently touched down in Southern Africa, however, are now well on our way to a full recovery and hope you will join us in...

London
Reviewed 12 March 2017

This is a nice tented camp with a large lounge and dining area overlooking the pool and rooms spread out along the ridge. These are big rooms with canvas walls but a solid roof - critical as we were there during a cyclone and the rain was torrential. The room was well-equipped with proper lights, sockets and tea/coffee making facilities.,...

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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp, responded to this review

Dear Lazzagear, Thank you for your great review, we are terribly sorry the weather was not at its best during your stay with us. Although the tropical Cyclone that recently moved through Southern Africa (just north of Rocktail Bay) brought a welcome relief with great rains there was also some repercussions such as a disruption to our daily activities. We...

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 30 January 2017

A visit to Rocktail Bay has been on our list for a long time. We went in January to see the Turtles and did see three Loggerheads. What an experience. The Rocktail Camp is set in the Coastal Forrest overlooking the sea. It is about a 20 minute walk or five minute drive to the warm sea and long deserted...

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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp, responded to this review

Dear Nigel R, We are glad to see your long anticipated journey was able to exceed your expectations. We hope you will visit us again soon and perhaps even take part in the diving next time - the dive center in camp can even help you with your PADI (diving) certification. Thank you again Wilderness Safaris

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Food: Excellent quality and selection. Enjoyed the light breakfast, excellent omelettes. On out last day, the chef and staff arranged for a box breakfast/lunch for us to take on our 5 hour journey to the airport as we had a very early departure. It was amazing, and he let us pick whatever we wanted and included some extra goodies as...

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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp, responded to this review

Dear Snidbit, Thank you for the beautiful review and high praises, we are delighted to see how much you all enjoyed the wonderful food from our new chef and hardworking kitchen staff and will be sure to pass along your praises. We will be sure to have our management team take a look at the board games and replace them...

Doornpoort, Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Best Ever place to be for holiday!!!! Snorkeling, Turtle rides, excellent food, best view, best service, will definitely recommend it, and visit again . Don t need to take towels with, Don t need to worry about washing, amazing breakfast at beach.

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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp, responded to this review

Dear Sariet, Thank you for your beautiful review, we are delighted to see how much you enjoyed your stay with us and cannot wait to share your kind words with the entire team in camp. Thank you for the high recommendation and we look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards Wilderness Safaris

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 25 December 2016

We spent a lovely relaxing 4 nights at Rocktail Beach Camp. I love the fact that it is hidden in the forest and the unspoilt and untouched feeling one gets here. Very comfortable "glamping" tents with everything you need. A free laundry service was offered which was much appreciated. The kids loved the body boarding in the sea but two...

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WildernessSafaris, Public Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp, responded to this review

Dear JulesCT, Thank you for the wonderful review, we are delighted to hear how much you and your whole family enjoyed your time with us and it was a pleasure having you all. We will be sure to share your praises with Mbi, Sam, Natalie and the entire Rocktail team. We hope you will all be back soon to make...

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  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Beachfront
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
If you're looking for fun, adventure and a place to put your feet up then you're heading to the right place. Rocktail Beach Camp, beautifully set within a lush region of forested dunes, is the launch pad to some of the most beautiful beaches and pristine coral reefs in the world. What's more, Rocktail has exclusive access to this area! Your charmingly rustic en-suite accommodation is hidden within the tropical shade of this woodland sanctuary and only a short walk from the main area which includes a dining room, lounge with a large wraparound veranda, children's playroom and swimming pool. With extraordinary diving and snorkelling, turtle encounters and other beach activities this breathtaking ecosystem is waiting to be explored. Did you know? Rocktail closes for a short period each year to host Children in the Wilderness camps - a programme dedicated to helping local children build life skills and a love for the environment. Coastal forest interspersed with grasslands and waterberry/palm savannah side by side with pristine beaches characterise Rocktail. Unspoiled reefs form part of the protected Maputaland Marine Reserve. As well as diving, snorkelling and seasonal turtle excursions, we offer cultural visits guided walks (on request). Considered one of the best dive sites in the world, whales, dolphins and sharks are found here, while the smaller critters include butterflyfish, clown triggerfish, surgeonfish, fire-goby and scissortail. Birding is outstanding, with a number of special coastal forest species. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp

Address: D1849, Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve
Price Range: €383 - €453 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Wilderness Safaris Rocktail Camp 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
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Rocktail Beach Camp Hotel Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve
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“Cabin 6 was relatively near the restaurant and pool. Beyond these it can be quite a walk to and from your room”
JJN29, 15 Apr 2017 | Read review
“The higher the room number, the farther the walk.”
BuenaGirl, 2 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Further placed - more quiet and private your tent will be.”
Slupinski, 31 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Some of the rooms are a long dark walk from the restaurant/bar”
Lazzagear, 12 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Ask for room 4 ir higher, a little bit away from the common area.”
NigelR740, 29 Jan 2017 | Read review
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