I normally don’t think of South Africa as a Sun, Sea and Sand (3S) destination. Sure, we have beautiful beaches but more often than not the water is way too cold to get into; or when it is warm enough (on the KZN coast) there are pretty hectic waves and currents to deal with (not to mention what lurks beneath, where sharks are a common occurrence). If you want a 3S holiday, you should look to Mozambique (which also combines perfectly with one of South Africa’s prides: the Kruger National Park) where you will find paradise beaches with crystal clear water gently lapping the white sand.
But, at Wilderness Safari’s Rocktail Beach Camp I found a marine paradise. Not necessarily 3S, but a whole lot of wonderful activities linked to the beach and the sea.The lodge itself is tucked away in the forest, a few hundred meters, and easy walking distance, from the beach. It is made up of a central building housing the bar, restaurant and library area that is decorated in the most exquisite yet simple way. I actually had to take a few photos just so that I can copy this one day when I grow up and have my own beach-house. The combination of African artifacts, marine items and muted tones makes for a perfect backdrop to your pre-dinner g&t! The rooms are luxury tents with hardwood flooring, comfortable beds and fully equipped bathrooms. Our tent also came with a view To Die For.
But it is at the beach the magic happens at Rocktail. This is where you can snorkel is shallow and crystal clear waters; walk for miles and miles along deserted beaches; dive in a marine reserve where you and your group are the only divers in the area; watch turtles lay eggs at night; and, if you are really lucky, see the little turtle babies exit their nest and make for the ocean.
I am working on a series of articles about some of these activities, but felt so inspired I had to write a shorter intro to start with. Be sure to check back and learn more about my adventures with one of the world’s leading turtle experts; some of the best diving I’ve ever done; AND some really amazing projects aimed at conservation and community-upliftment run by Wilderness.