Bay Lodge (Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve,
KwaZulu-Natal) South Africa
Rocktail Bay Lodge is situated in the northern reaches of
the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal,
This whole area has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Situated offshore from Rocktail Bay is the Maputaland Marine
Reserve which offers an additional sanctuary with
extraordinary diving and snorkeling encounters with huge
shoals of fish, dolphins and whales.
The lodge is situated meters inland from the warm Indian
Ocean and one of the most incredible beaches in all of South
Africa. The lodge is built out of the wind, just inland from
the beach within the forest canopy of vegetated dunes that
occur along Maputaland's coastline. Rocktail offers perhaps
the most private beach experience in South Africa, with
nearly 40 kilometers of unspoilt, pristine coastline where
it is possible to walk for hours without meeting another
Rocktail Bay is one of the most private and romantic
getaways in South Africa.
Ten wood and thatch "tree house" chalets & a Family Room
are raised up on stilts into the canopy of the dune forest.
The chalets have en-suite shower and toilet facilities.
Each room has its own balcony and an additional outdoor
shower. Twenty guests can be accommodated comfortably.
The main area of the lodge has an inviting lounge and
meals are enjoyed either in the separate dining room or
outdoors under a huge Natal Mahogany Tree. On special
occasions, beach dinners can be enjoyed with the sounds of
the forest and waves at your doorstep! A boardwalk meanders
from the lodge through the dune forest and down to the
beach. There is a swimming pool and sun deck for those who
want to relax around the lodge. The lodge also boasts its
own well-stocked wine cellar.
At Manzengwenya, 11km south of the camp, we have our own
fully accredited dive center. We offer boating excursions
out to sea around low tide to enjoy SCUBA (and snorkeling)
on the pristine coral reefs offshore.
(Please take special note that dive certification and
pre-booking is compulsory for SCUBA activities).
In addition to just simply sunning yourself on the clean
golden beaches, a variety of guided activities are
available. The Indian ocean is ideal for snorkeling in
search of tropical fish (flippers and snorkels may be
borrowed at the lodge) while surf fishing is reputed to be
amongst the best on the east coast.
Nature walks through coastal forest and grasslands, or
drives in open 4x4 vehicles to Black Rock and other
localities will enthrall naturalists and photographers. The
spectacular Lake Sibaya is a short drive away. In summer,
nocturnal expeditions along the beach in search of
egg-laying turtles can be arranged. There is a swimming pool
and a sun deck for those who want to relax around the lodge.
This is not Big Game Country - although we have our own
"BIG FIVE" - Leatherback Turtle, Palmnut Vulture, Buitons
Skink, Lion Fish and Zululand Cycad. The interesting
antelope that occur are Common Reedbuck in marshes and
grasslands, and Red Duiker in forest patches; Hippo are
found in fresh water lakes. Whales and Dolphins are
sometimes seen offshore.
Other lodge activities include fly-fishing, snorkeling,
swimming and drives to Black Rock, the nearby Hippo Pools
and to the surrounding community in open 4x4 Land Rovers.
Birding is good and a number of typical coastal species
occur - Green Twinspot, Green Coucal, Grey Waxbill,
Purplecrested and Livingston's Louries. Natal Robin and
jewel-like Emerald Cuckoo in forests, and Pinkthroated
Longclaw and Rufonsbellied Heron in marshy areas. Various
waders frequent the shoreline.
This lodge is closed for refurbishment until further notice