Rocktail Beach Camp, 22 - 25th September '17
SPECIAL PACKAGE AVAILABLE - 3 nights / 4 dives / all meals @ R6 960
DESTINATION: Rocktail Bay, Maputoland
DATES: 22 - 25th September '17 (GROUP TRIP)
PRICE: Special package starting @ R6 960 per person sharing (additional nights can be added)
** subject to change without prior notice
PACKAGE INCLUDES: 3 nights accommodation, all meals, 4 day-dives
ABOUT ROCKTAIL BEACH CAMP
Rocktail Beach Camp, set back in the lush dune forest, has 17 en-suite rooms, seven of which are family suites each with a shared bathroom and two bedrooms. A honeymoon suite has wonderful views over the ocean and forest. There is a central dining and lounge area with large wrap-around veranda and a raised deck with wide views extending out to the ocean. A large pool, curio shop and children’s playroom complete the main area.
World-class diving is conducted along coral reefs accessible only to Rocktail guests. Other adventures include birding, swimming and walking in the forest and along remote beaches. Excursions are available (at extra cost) to Lake Sibaya, the surrounding community and Gugulesizwe where Sangoma visits and quad biking are on offer. During summer guests can accompany nightly research drives to monitor turtle nesting numbers and behaviour. The sight of a 750kg leatherback turtle heaving herself up the beach to lay eggs is a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle.
Rocktail Beach Camp is located in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, midway between Kosi Bay to the north and Sodwana Bay to the south. Read more. . . .
NUMBER OF UNITS: 17 ROOMS
* 5 Twin-bedded rooms
* 4 Double-bedded rooms
* 7 Family suites – with 1 double bed in 1 room and 2 x ¾ beds in the 2nd room
Each family unit accommodates maximum 2 adults and 2 children; the family shares a bathroom
* 1 Honeymoon suite
* This camp accommodates 48 guests including children
* En-suite bathrooms with an open feel indoor shower
* The following amenities are provided: bath towels, hand towels, pool towels, torch, laundry bag, mosquito coil, soap, shampoo
and insect repellent
* Safe in room
SCUBA DIVING & SNORKELLING
Rocktail Beach Camp offers an on-site dive centre at which snorkelling and both casual diving and diver trainig is available. The Beach Camp is set in the iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park. Offshore lies the Maputaland Marine Reserve, a sanctuary providing extraordinary underwater encounters with dolphins, turtles, whales and a diverse array of tropical fish species along a series of pristine reefs.
Children of all ages are welcome, with child minders available on-site to assist parents should they wish to participate in the activities on offer or for a little quiet time.
As the camp is situated within a coastal forest reserve, this is not a traditional terrestrial game viewing area, but birding is excellent while red duiker and reedbuck are found. Dolphins can be seen offshore and reef diving is outstanding. October to March sees loggerhead and leatherback turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs. June to October produces wonderful sightings of humpback whales during their annual migration.
ACTIVITIES INCLUDED FOR ALL GUESTS
* The beach
* Forest walks
* Bird watching
* Surf/rock fishing (no tackle provided)
* Swimming (at own risk as there are no life guards)
ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN FB1 ACTIVITY AREA
* Snorkelling at Lala Nek
* Trips to Lake Sibaya
* Guided trail (beach and forest)
ACTIVITIES AT ADDITIONAL COSTS TO ALL GUESTS
* Turtle research drives (Mid-October to Mid-March)
* Scuba diving (Scuba divers must bring dive cards and/or log books. No card – no dive)
* PADI Scuba diving courses (A range of courses offered from beginners to more advanced. Please see course information sheet)
* Excursions to Black Rock (please note that Black Rock is about 1 hour 30 minutes drive each way from the camp)
* Gugulesizwe Activities (Gugulesizwe is a joint venture between Wilderness Adventures and the community; these activities can
only be priced, booked and paid for at the camp):
* Sangoma visits
* Zulu dancing
* Quad biking
* Star gazing
* Game drive and brunch at Tembe Elephant Park (booked and paid for at the camp).
The following activities are prohibited in the reserve: surfing, boardsailing, the launching of any type of boat, lighting of fires, driving of vehicles on the beach. Activity times are flexible and depend largely on the tides and weather. Times for walks are arranged at the camp on request.
ELECTRICITY & WATER
* Solar-heated water
* 220 volt electrical lighting; some 220v electrical appliances can be utilised
* Video battery recharging facilities available; please bring your own charger
* Plug points are available in each tent so that sleep apnoea machines may be used but guests must advise camp of this in
Drinks are not included in the nightly tariff and must be settled direct.
Daily laundry service is available.
Extras can be paid for by cash, MasterCard, Visa, Rand Travellers Cheques and foreign currency. Cheques and debit cards are not accepted.
To / from:
** Durban airport ± 5 - 6.5 hours
** Richards Bay ± 3.5 - 5 hours
** O.R. Tambo International Airport ± 9 - 10 hours
** Manzengwenya ± 30 minutes
Kindly note that the scheduled transfers from Coastal Cashews (Manzengwenya) to the camp are at 10:30, 14:00 and 16:00 daily. Should you be unable to make the above transfers we can arrange a private transfer at an additional cost.
The Manzengwenya access gate into the Reserve is open between 06:00 and 18:00. You are reminded of this as you will not be able to gain access to the Reserve outside of these hours.
** Nelspruit 1 hour
** To/from Durban 1 hour 30 minutesTo/from Johannesburg 1 hour 50 minutes
** Skukuza 1 hour 10 minutes
** To/from Sabi Sands 1 hour 10 minutes
Manzengwenya coordinates: S 27.16.00, E 32.45.00
The airstrip is a 900m x 15m tarred surface located 10 minutes drive from the camp. Altitude ± 100ft, runway direction 01/19. Suitable for aircraft with a max weight of 5 700kg including King Airs, Caravans, Pilatus and all light twin engines (but take-off weights on King Airs and larger aircraft need to be minimized in order to clear obstacles approximately 500m from the runway thresholds). An additional security charge of ZAR 150.00 per night is applicable should the aircraft stay over on the airstrip. This must be settled directly in camp on departure.
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
** ZAR 50.00 per guest per day for guiding staff
** ZAR 15.00 per guest per day for housekeeping and porterage