Rocktail Beach Camp MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

Welcome to Rocktail Beach Camp!

Imagine a place where luxury meets nature, and you can kick off your shoes and let the stress of the world melt away. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Rocktail Beach Camp, nestled in the breathtaking iSimangaliso Wetland Park. As Wilderness Safaris’ beach camp, it offers the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, all in the magical setting of the Maputaland Coastal Forest.

From the moment you arrive until the moment you reluctantly leave, I can assure you that Rocktail Beach Camp will exceed all your expectations. The friendly guides will greet you with warm smiles, and the symphony of exotic bird calls will serenade you throughout your stay. As you explore the camp, you’ll be captivated by the vibrant colors of butterflies dancing around you.

One of the highlights of your visit will be learning about the wide array of activities available to guests. You can snorkel at the stunning Lala Nek, embark on a thrilling game drive to Lake Sibaya, dive into the depths of the sea, hike through pristine trails, go quad biking for an adrenaline rush, immerse yourself in the local culture with visits to nearby communities, and, of course, experience the renowned turtle drives that Rocktail Beach Camp is famous for.

Imagine this: a 40-kilometer stretch of sandy beach near Rocktail. Every year, between October and March, something extraordinary happens here. It’s the time when loggerhead and leatherback turtles make their way up the beach to lay their eggs. It’s truly a sight to behold when you witness a mother turtle, lost in her own world, delicately laying 150 eggs. But here’s the thing – only a handful of these eggs will survive to see the light of day.

READ  Discover the Monthly Cost of Car Insurance in South Africa

Unfortunately, we were a tad bit late in the season, so we didn’t have the guarantee of catching a glimpse of this remarkable event during our evening drive. However, we did stumble upon some enormous tracks on the beach, undeniable proof that these majestic creatures had journeyed ashore. As we continued along, our guide Gugulethu (Gugu) Mathenjwa pointed out some tiny tracks in the moist sand, illuminated by our headlights. It was evidence that a few baby turtles had successfully made their way to the ocean that very night.

When I think back to my time at Rocktail Beach Camp, I can’t help but feel a twinge of disappointment that I didn’t get to see any turtles. But I have to say, everything else about my stay was absolutely top-notch. The snorkeling, in particular, was an experience I’ll never forget.

One morning, we headed out to Lala Nek bright and early for some snorkeling right off the beach. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure what to expect in the knee-deep water. But as soon as I dipped my head under, I was overwhelmed by a burst of vibrant colors. It was like I had stepped into a whole new world underwater. And the best part? I spotted my very first clown fish! I was over the moon.

After our snorkeling adventure, we were treated to a delightful beach picnic breakfast. Picture this: warm croissants, juicy fresh fruit, and steaming hot coffee, all enjoyed with the sound of crashing waves in the background. It was pure luxury.

While I may not have had the chance to see turtles, my time at Rocktail Beach Camp was nothing short of extraordinary. And the fact that Wilderness Safaris is actively involved in turtle conservation efforts only adds to the magic of this place. They support turtle scouts, provide vehicles, and use the income from turtle drives to fund the project. It’s truly inspiring.

READ  Meet the Queen of Prawns at Carla s in Muizenberg MzansiBride

Hey there! I want to tell you all about this amazing camp I stayed at. It’s got these really cool tented double rooms that are actually built high up in the trees. There are 17 of them, so you’ll always have plenty of privacy. The rooms are nice and spacious, and they even have their own bathrooms. Just remember to be mindful of your water usage while you’re there. And let me tell you, the beds are so comfy! Plus, there’s a ceiling fan that keeps you cool and keeps those pesky mosquitoes away. It’s like a little slice of paradise.

But the best part about this camp is the overall vibe. It’s all about being simple and relaxed, but still feeling luxurious. The food is delicious, with a variety of tasty options for lunch and a dinner buffet that will blow you away. And there’s even a nice pool area where you can chill out and escape the heat.

Who needs a pool when you have the warm ocean just a short stroll away? The beach is practically empty, giving you that exclusive feeling as you relax under the charming wooden umbrellas or frolic in the waves. As a Capetonian, the balmy water was an absolute joy. I could stay in there for ages without turning into an ice cube.

So here’s the thing about Wilderness Safaris – their staff is just amazing. I mean, every single person I met during my trip was so friendly and helpful, from the waiters and cleaners to the camp managers. It was such a pleasant experience to be around them.

READ  Eat your way through India at Kerala s charming homestays

Our guide, Mbongeni Myeni (or MB, as he likes to be called by the foreign guests), took us to Lala Nek and later, Lake Sibaya. Let me tell you, this guy knows his stuff! He’s been working in the area since 1982, so you can imagine how much knowledge and expertise he has. He taught us so much about the birds, the ecosystem, and the conservation projects happening in the area. It was really eye-opening.

One of the coolest moments was when we were driving to Lake Sibaya and he suddenly stopped to pick some sand apples for us to try. Let me tell you, these things are amazing. They’re like little soft mangoes, but they have these big seeds that are a pain to separate from the fruit. It was definitely a unique and delicious snack.

On our last morning at the camp, I couldn’t resist taking one last swim in the ocean before enjoying a fantastic buffet breakfast on the camp deck. The whole experience was just fantastic. And on the bumpy ride back to our car, I couldn’t help but think about how much I wanted to come back. Not only to see the turtles, but also because I could easily get used to the way of life at Rocktail.

Leave a Comment