Rocktail Bay Lodge
Rocktail Bay Lodge is situated in northern Natal, South Africa, within the Maputaland Coastal Forest Reserve and adjoining the Maputaland Marine Reserve. Lying within one of South Africa's World Heritage Sites, the secluded lodge is situated metres from the Indian Ocean in the coastal forest, just behind the first row of forested dunes. It offers perhaps the most private beach experience in South Africa on 40 kilometres of unspoilt, undeveloped and pristine coastline
The 11 wood and thatch "treehouse" chalets are raised up on stilts into the forest canopy. The chalets have en suite shower and toilet facilities as well as an outdoor shower. Meals are served under thatch or under the giant Natal mahogany trees and a pre-dinner drink can be enjoyed in the bar. A boardwalk winds from the lodge through the dune forest and down to the beach. There is a plunge pool and sun deck for those who want to relax around the lodge.
This is not "Big Game" country, although Rocktail does have its own "Big Five": leatherback turtle, loggerhead turtle, palmnut vulture, Buitons skink and Zululand cycad. Birding is good with a number of rare coastal species. The highlight here is the miles and miles of pristine and undeveloped coastline. In addition to simply sunning yourself on the clean golden beaches, a variety of guided activities are available including diving, snorkelling, nature walks and drives.