Accommodation rating: Good Standard
Set in northern Zululand on a beautiful stretch of unspoilt white sandy beach, Rocktail Beach Camp lies just metres from the Indian Ocean in the Maputaland Coastal Reserve. A joint venture between the conservation authorities and the local villagers, the lodge has 10 treehouses raised on stilts within the forest canopy. Rustic and comfortable, the cottages have en suite bathrooms and colour schemes of navy and white to reflect the fantastic marine environment. There is a lounge / pub and dining area where meals are served under thatch or under the giant Natal mahogany trees. An intricate boardwalk winds from the lodge through the dune forest and down to the beach.
In addition to simply sunning yourself on the clean golden beaches, a variety of guided activities are available. The Indian Ocean is ideal for snorkelling in search of tropical fish (flippers and snorkels may be borrowed at the lodge), while surf fishing is reputed to be among the best on the east coast. Nature walks through the coastal forest and grasslands, or drives in open 4x4 vehicles to Black Rock and other localities, will enthral naturalists and photographers. The spectacular Lake Sibaya is a short drive away. In summer, nocturnal walks and drives along the beach in search of egg-laying sea turtles can be arranged. There is a swimming pool and sun deck for those who want to relax around the lodge. Scuba diving is available off shore (at an extra cost).
Please call 020 3813 2966 for more information or to make a booking.