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LOCATIONiSimangaliso Wetland Park, Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve, Northern KwaZulu-NatalPOOLYes - at the main area only
BIG 5 GAME RESERVENoSPAIn-room Massages
AIRCONFans OnlyCELLPHONE SIGNALNo
CHILD POLICYAll Ages WelcomeMALARIA AREAYes (Low Risk Area)


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  •   World-class diving and snorkelling, unspoilt shore and beach adventures.
  •   Turtles come ashore at night at Summer to lay their eggs on the beach in season - 15 October to 15 March
  •   A lush coastal forest lodge, home to a variety of animals and birds.




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
LOW SEASON
20 June - 22 June 2018
17 July - 28 September 2018
09 October - 12 December 2018
Tented Room R 1,800 pppn sharing rate for advance bookings
MID SEASON
23 June - 16 July 2018
29 September - 08 October 2018
Tented Room R 2,200 pppn sharing rate for advance bookings
HIGH SEASON
13 December 2018 - 11 January 2019
Tented Room R 2,500 pppn sharing rate for advance bookings
FOR SPECIAL DISCOUNTED RATES PLEASE CONTACT BUSHBREAKS & MORE ON 0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) or +2711 468 3476 (International) OR EMAIL INFO@BUSHBREAKS.CO.ZA FOR MORE INFO.

* Surcharges may apply on all special rates over peak holiday periods & long weekends


RATES INCLUDE
• Accommodation
• All meals
• Twice daily scheduled camp activities
• Scheduled transfers between the camp & Coastal Cashews
• Laundry
• VAT and Satour Tourism Levy
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• Single accommodation will be charged as follows at Rocktail Camp:
- R 2,400 per night valid 20 June to 22 June 2018, 17 July to 28 September 2018, 09 October to 12 December 2018
- R 2,800 per night valid 23 June to 16 July 2018, 29 September to 08 October 2018
- R 3,100 per night valid 13 December 2018 to 11 January 2019
CHILD POLICY
• Infants under 2 years will be accommodated free of charge when sharing with two adults in a Family Tent.
• Children aged 2 - 16 years sharing a Family Tent with two full paying adults will pay R 500 per child per night of the adult sharing rate.
• Teenagers aged 17 years and older will be accommodated in their own rooms and will pay normal adult rates.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AT ROCKTAIL CAMP
• Visits to the Beach
• Forest walks
• Bird watching
• Surf/rock fishing (no tackle provided)
• Swimming (at own risk as there are no life guards)
• Guided trail (beach and forest)
• Snorkelling at Lala Neck
• Trips to Lake Sibaya
• Activities at additional cost to all guests:
• Morning camp activity
• Afternoon camp activity
• Turtle drives in season
• Excursion to Tembe Elephant Park
• Scuba diving
• Scuba divers must bring dive cards and/or log books. No card – No dive policy.
• SCUBA DIVING MUST BE PRE-BOOKED TO SECURE A SEAT ON THE DIVE BOAT
• PADI Scuba diving courses (A range of courses offered from beginners to more advanced. Please see course information sheet)
• Gugulesizwe Activities
• Gugulesizwe is a joint venture between Wilderness Safaris and the community and these activities can only be priced, booked and paid for in camp):
• Cultural Village/Sangoma Visits
• Zulu Dancing (minimum 8 guests required)
• Quad Biking
• Star Gazing
• Turtle Walks in season (mid October to mid March)
• Every year Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles come ashore from about mid-October to mid-March around Rocktail Bay to lay their eggs on these pristine beaches.
• During this period, the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service officials patrol the beaches by vehicle. They note where the turtles lay their eggs, the number of eggs, weight, etc. On night's during this period, we go out looking for the turtles on the beach after dark. PLEASE NOTE THAT TIMINGS ARE ALL DEPENDANT ON LOW TIDE.
• The manager may also arrange for any guest who is interested in "adopting" a tagged turtle as their own, and any subsequent information relating to this turtle will be relayed to the guest in future years. For this opportunity a donation to the Maputaland Conservation Project will be required from the guest concerned.
• From mid-January until about mid-March, the hatchlings come out and are counted, notched, weighed etc before entering the sea.
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted above are valid for SA Residents only. Special discounted rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Rocktail Camp is in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park & the Park Fees of R 27 per adult, R 16 per child (up to the age of 12 years)
• A Community Conservation levy of R 5.00 per person & R 27 per vehicle will be added to your invoice at the Lodge. (Subject to change)
• Kindly note that the scheduled transfers from Coastal Cashews (Manzengwenya) to Rocktail Camp are at 10h30; 13h00 and 15h00 daily and from Rocktail Camp to Coastal Cashews (Manzengwenya) at 09h30, 12h00 and 14h00 daily.
• The Manzengwenya access gate into the Reserve is open from 06:00 and closes at 18:00. It is not possible to enter the Reserve, nor exit from the Reserve, outside of these operating hours.
• Should you not be on time for the above transfers a private transfer can be arranged (subject to availability) at an additional cost of approximately R 497.00 per person per transfer.
• All additional activities, including Turtle Drives and Diving must be pre-booked in advance and paid for at the camp directly.
• All divers must produce dive cards or have their PADI dive number. No card - No dive policy.
Diving is not available between 25 December and 01 January each year.



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
Approximately 9 hours by road from Johannesburg, 6 hours from Durban or 3.5 hours from Richards Bay. Visitors in non 4x4 vehicles will be collected at a safe pick up point for transfers into camp. Scheduled transfers can be arranged. Flying Times from Nelspruit 1 hour, Durban 1.5 hours, Johannesburg 2 hours & Skukuza 1.5 hours.
 
ACCOMMODATION
5 Twin-bedded Tented Rooms
4 Double-bedded Tented Rooms
7 Family Tented Rooms – 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 HoneymoonTented Room

ABOUT ROCKTAIL CAMP 

Rocktail Camp is located about 30 minutes' drive from Rocktail Bay Lodge and is situated at the current Rocktail Dive Centre. The camp is set back in and shaded by the sanctuary of the lush coastal forest that covers the ancient dunes that make up the edge of South Africa's north-east coast.

Rocktail Bay is situated within the coastal forest just behind the forested dunes that occur along Maputaland's coastline. This camp is set within iSimangaliso (formerly Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park, one of South Africa's World Heritage Sites, while situated offshore is the Maputaland Marine Reserve, which offers sanctuary to prolific marine life including coral reefs, huge shoals of fish, and various dolphin and whale. The warm Indian Ocean lies just beyond the dunes and on one of the most incredible beaches in all of South Africa.
 
With nearly 40 kilometres of unspoilt, pristine coastline, where the waves meet endless stretches of beach, it is possible to walk for hours without meeting another soul or seeing a building.

On land, this lush area abounds with a variety of animals, birds and plant life that provide a natural counterpoint to the bushveld. Common reedbucks sometimes frequent the marshes and grasslands together with shy red duiker and Tongaland red squirrel in the forested areas. Hippo are found in freshwater lakes. Birding is outstanding, with a number of typical coastal forest species – Green Twinspot, Green Malkoha, Grey Waxbill, Purple-crested and Livingstone's Turacos, Red-capped Robin-chat and the jewel-like African Emerald Cuckoo in the forests, while Rosy-throated Longclaw and a host of other species are found in the coastal grasslands.

Few sections of the South African coastline are as unspoilt and secluded as the area in the vicinity of Rocktail Bay. The bay received its name after a trawling ship, the Rocktail, was wrecked offshore many years ago, but it is known today for its superlative, pristine dive spots as well as the loggerhead and leatherback turtles that come to lay their eggs and hatch on the beaches.
 
LODGE FEATURES

  • Central dining area
  • Bar & lounge with wrap-around verandah
  • Swimming pool

ROOM FEATURES

  • En-suite bathrooms with indoor shower
  • Overhead fans
  • Private verandah with deck chairs
  • Large areas of wooden decking
  • Laundry service
  • Small safe







GETTING THERE



DIRECTIONS

Directions to Rocktail Camp

General Information for Self Drivers
• All self-drivers to camp must have a confirmed reservation prior to arriving in camp. As Rocktail Beach Camp is situated inside the Park, guests are welcome to enjoy camp activities and/or do their own self-drive activities (with reference to Park regulations).
• Neither Wilderness Safaris nor the staff at Rocktail Beach Camp is responsible for self-drive guests reaching camp. Accordingly, we strongly advise all self-drive guests to ensure they have all information, equipment and necessities to reach their destination prior to departure.
• Please note that the Manzengwenya Park entrance gate in to the Coastal Forest Reserve and on to Rocktail Beach Camp opens at 06h00 and closes 18h00. There can be no movement of vehicles (transfer vehicles or self-drive vehicles) outside of these times.
• If travelling South (Phinda), it is advisable to fill up with fuel at Mbazwana. If travelling north, it is advisable to fill up with fuel at Hluhluwe.
• As the area is remote we recommend guests travel with a cellular phone. Note though that not all areas have cell phone coverage and after Hluhluwe (when travelling northwards) cell phone signal is intermittent and difficult to access (once away from the main roads, generally only Vodacom users will have reception).
• Contact details should they be required is (082) 576 9173.
• Once having turned off the N2, please drive carefully as livestock animals are a hazard on the roads.

Information for guests using a 2x4 Vehicle:
• Due to poor road conditions, 2x4 vehicles cannot drive directly in to camp but should park at Coastal Cashews. The parking area is fenced, guarded and locked at night however all vehicles parked at Coastal Cashews are done so at the owners risk.
• Scheduled complimentary transfers from Coastal Cashews (Manzengwenya) to Rocktail Beach Camp:
• These transfers depart Coastal Cashews at 10h30, 13h00 & 15h00.
• Please note that as the camp is a 40 minute drive away, these transfers will only run when a transfer has been booked – i.e. they will not run if there is no booking for a pick-up.
• If guests miss their pre-advised and booked pick up time, a further vehicle will need to be sent from camp and accordingly will incur a private transfer fee. This fee will be payable in camp.
• All 2x4 self-drive guests must advise reservations which arrival and departure transfer times ex Coastal Cashews they will be using, 72 hours prior to arrival in camp.
• GPS Co-ordinates for Coastal Cashews: S27.12.630 & E32.35.460

Information for guests using a 4x4 Vehicle:
• 4x4 self-drivers may drive directly in to camp if they wish
• GPS Co-ordinates for Rocktail Beach Camp: 27˚15 52.08”S 32˚46’7 .09”E
• We strongly advise that you do not follow your GPS device (Garmin/Tom Tom) as they do not show the correct route and will get you lost. We suggest following the written directions on this document

Route from Johannesburg to Rocktail Camp:
• A direct route would be to take the N12 in the direction of Witbank. Take the Ogies/Balmoral off-ramp and continue through the town of Ogies. In Ogies turn right and continue on the R545 to and through the town of Bethal to Ermelo.
• In Ermelo take the N2 to Piet Retief, Pongola and south towards Hluhluwe town.
• The N2 takes you past the Jozini Dam and the town of Mkuze.
• Continue on the N2 as far as the turnoff to Hluhluwe and take this exit which is approximately 48kms from the turnoff to Mkuze.
• Take the Hluhluwe off ramp and turn left towards the town of Hluhluwe.
• Beware of traffic calming humps from now on.
• Drive through the town itself cross over 3 traffic circles and follow signs (green and white) indicating R22 Sodwana Bay”. At the fourth Traffic circle turn left and travel for approximately 1.4kms. Turn right over the railway line.
• Follow this road for approximately 78kms sign posted Mbazwana/Sodwana Bay until you reach the town of Mbazwana – go straight over the first traffic circle.
• Continue – another 500m – go straight over the second traffic circle.
• Passing through the village of Mbazwana with a small shopping centre on the right hand side.
• Go straight over the third traffic circle (IGNORE the signs indicating Jozini to the left and Sodwana Bay to the Right) at this point.
• Continue straight along this tarred road for approximately 30kms. (There are Green and White signs indicating “R22 Kwangwanase & Farazella”). Please be aware of the many traffic calming humps on R22.
• After approximately 30kms you will see a brown sign with white writing indicating “Coastal Forest Reserve” as well as a sign reading “D1849”. There is also a Brown & White “Info Lapa” signboard – Turn Right here. You are now on a gravel road. (There are also Green signboards from here with Yellow writing indicating Coastal Forest Reserve.)
• Drive time is approximately 8 hours (PLEASE NOTE that any stops, delays, road works, etc. can increase drive time up to 9 hours or more).
The second suggested route is:
• N3 to Heidelberg - R23 to Standerton - Continue on R23 to Volksrust - N11 to Newcastle – R34 to Utrecht and come out at Blood River - R33 to Vryheid - R69 to a T-Junction and then the R66 to Pongola – N2 to Hluhluwe.

NB: Please see general information above for details and transfer times to camp.
Information for guests with a 4x4, (4 wheel drive ) vehicle:
• Immediately after the Right turn on to the gravel road, you will see a brown signboard with white writing that says “Manzengwenya 26, Mabibi 32” Continue straight on this gravel road for about 26kms.
• Follow the Brown signboards with white writing that say “Coastal Forest” as well as small white signboards with blue writing saying “Rocktail Bay”.
• After approximately 18kms turn left after the brown tourism sign with white writing reading “Coastal Forest Reserve, Manzengwenya, Rocktail Bay, Black Rock” (straight goes to Mabibi). After approximately 50 meters veer half right and join up with another sand road. There is a white & blue
• “Rocktail Bay” sign pointing you in the right direction there is also a brown and white sign here saying “Coastal Forest”
• Continuing on this road you will cross another intersection after about 6kms. This is marked D1848, there is also a white and blue Rocktail Bay sign pointing you in the right direction. Continue straight over this intersection and after 1½kms you will arrive at the Coastal Forest Reserve gate at Manzengwenya.
• Once through the Manzengwenya gate follow the tar road keeping right, to the signs indicating “Beach Camp Reception” and turn right at this point.

Route from Durban to Rocktail Camp:
• Follow the N2 North – drive for approximately 250kms until you get to the Hluhluwe turnoff.
• Take the Hluhluwe off ramp and turn right over the freeway towards the town of Hluhluwe.
• Beware of traffic calming humps from now on.
• Drive through the town itself cross over three traffic circles and follow signs (green and white) indicating R22 Sodwana Bay”. At the fourth traffic circle turn left and travel for approximately 1.4kms. Turn right over the railway line onto the R22. Please be aware of the many traffic calming humps on R22.
• Follow this road (R22) for approximately 78kms sign posted Mbazwana/Sodwana Bay until you reach the town of Mbazwana – go straight over the first traffic circle.
• Continue – another 500m – go straight over the second traffic circle.
• Passing through the village of Mbazwana with a small shopping centre on the right hand side.
• Go straight over the third traffic circle (IGNORE the signs indicating Jozini to the left and Sodwana Bay to the Right) at this point.
• Continue straight along this tarred road for approximately 30kms. (There are Green and White signs indicating “R22 Kwangwanase & Farazella”).
• After approximately 30kms you will see a sign indicating “Coastal Forest Reserve” as well as a sign reading “D1849” – Turn Right here. You are now on a gravel road.

Information for guests using a 2x4 vehicle:
• Travel for approximately 5km at which point you will see a signboard and entrance to Coastal Cashews on your Right Hand side. Turn right here and enter through the gate to the farm COASTAL CASHEWS, where a Rocktail Bay representative will meet you.
• Please see General Information above for details regarding transfers from Coastal Cashews to Rocktail Beach Camp.

Information for guests using a 4x4, 4 wheel drive vehicles:
• Immediately after the Right turn on to the gravel road, you will see a brown signboard with white writing that says “Manzengwenya 26, Mabibi 32” Continue straight on this gravel road for about 26kms.
• Follow the Brown signboards with white writing that say “Coastal Forest” as well as small white signboards with blue writing saying “Rocktail Bay”.
• After approximately 18kms turn left after the brown tourism sign with white writing reading “Coastal Forest Reserve, Manzengwenya, Rocktail Bay, Black Rock” (straight goes to Mabibi). After approximately 50 meters veer half right and join up with another sand road. There is a white & blue “Rocktail Bay” sign pointing you in the right direction there is also a brown and white sign here saying “Coastal Forest”
• Continuing on this road you will cross another intersection after about 6kms. This is marked D1848, there is also a white and blue Rocktail Bay sign pointing you in the right direction. Continue straight over this intersection and after 1½kms you will arrive at the Coastal Forest Reserve gate at Manzengwenya.
• Once through the Manzengwenya gate follow the tar road keeping right, to the signs indicating “Beach Camp Reception” and turn right at this point.

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