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Rocktail Camp
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Our visit to Rocktail was to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. From the moment you arrived, Gary , Ellen and the wonderful staff go to great lengths to make your stay special. The camp is situated in pristine dune forest and a short walk takes you to the amazing beaches which stretch forever in every direction. The camp is stylish and the rooms are luxurious tented rooms on stilts - the ones higher up the dunes have magnificent views over the tops of the dune forest trees to the ocean beyond. The food was wonderful and a small wine cellar is well stocked. This is the time of year when the turtles come ashore to lay their eggs and the highlight of our trip was the evening drives at low tide to try and spot a turtle. On our third night we were rewarded with the spectacular sight of a loggerhead laying. If watching turtles lay or hatch is the primary reason for your visit, be sure to find out from the camp in advance whether your dates have good times for low tide. We are keen birders and a drive with brilliant bird guide Mbongeni (MB) to Lake Sibaya early in the morning resulted in many water birds and the special Rosy throated Longclaw. Another 'must do' is the snorkeling at Lala Neck - if the tide is right, an early morning snorkel can be followed with breakfast on the beach! We returned having spent 3 days and fee

Room Tip: Number 12 has a gorgeous view but if you don't like walking, choose a lower number room
  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

This was the 4th and last part of our Sth African adventure and we hoped for sunshine but no the rainy season took hold. Even so it didn't detract from the excellent diving and whale watching. Smashing back to nature location with monkeys around and birds singing all the time. Unusual rooms which can open up to the world (when not raining anyway) make for a great experience and the bar area and restaurant are very comfortable. Food and wine excellent and staff are all very helpful and friendly. We are definitely going back when the sunshines (Feb/Mar) as the beach is huge , pure sand and very isolated. Great place.
Special thanks to Muntu (?) for changing our flat tyre without us even having to ask.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank IanFiona
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Our family of four had a wonderful week stay at Rocktail Beach Camp. The experience was amazing in every facet from the coastal forest, beautiful beaches and reefs, friendly, professional staff to the luxury tents and accommodating kitchen (our kids suffer food allergies). Special thanks to the camp management team and staff who really made us feel at home and the dive centre. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Pete E
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

My husband and I spent a long weekend at Rocktail Beach Camp as we are keen divers, and 3 days felt like 2 weeks in terms of how relaxed and rejuvenated we felt when we left. This is an incredibly special and unique place - in a coastal nature reserve tucked away in the forest, with no other signs of life around - no buildings and a deserted, untouched beach. Bliss. The staff were incredibly friendly and attentive, and our room was absolutely stunning - luxury tent with a balcony and gorgeous views over the forest and sea. The diving was fantastic, we were the only divers and were treated to breakfast set up on the beach in between our two dives. When we got back from diving we'd spend the afternoon lazing by the pool in bean bags and having cocktails brought to us. The food was fantastic and on our last night because we were the only guests staying there we could choose what we wanted to eat and they set up dinner for us on our private balcony in our room! Overall this was a 5 out of 5 experience, I can't think of one thing that disappointed me. I would come back again ever year if I could and would most definitely recommend Rocktail to anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle.

Just to note - the beach camp isnt on the beach - it's a 15 min walk through the coastal forest to get to the beach. If you're someone who doesnt like any exercise or wants to be right on the beach for your seaside holiday then this may not be for you.

Room Tip: Ask for rooms 7-12 as these have sea views, 1-6 are not as elevated so just look into the forest
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I was hesitant to book this location because I couldn't really find much out about it - but I can tell you it was fantastic. If you are looking for a beautiful beach, great diving, wonderful accomodations and people, this is it. Regardless of whether you are a honeymooner (plenty of romance, quiet and seclusion) or on a family trip (traveled with an 11 year old) there was plenty to do and plenty to see. We spent almost a month in Africa visiting other destinations and this was a highlight! I would return in a nanosecond. Gary and Ellen were fantastic camp managers and Mokkoran Dive center was incredible. We scuba'd and petted a giant grouper, swam with dolphins and turtles in their own habitat (not in some pretend boxed in area). Spent hours on the beach fighting waves and chasing crabs. It was an AMAZING trip and an experience I will never forget. Only hope I can get back again someday.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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