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Rocktail Bay Diving KwaZulu Natal South Africa

Rocktail Bay coastlineThe secluded Rocktail Bay Lodge is situated within the coastal forest just behind the forested dunes that occur along Maputaland’s coastline. 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.

Maputaland, situated on KwaZulu-Natal’s north-eastern seaboard, is a diverse region of forested dunes, wetlands, sandy beaches, woodlands and warm seas. 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 species.

Potatoe BassOn land, this lush area abounds with a variety of animals, birds and plant life that provide a natural counterpoint to the bushveld. Common reedbuck 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.