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Rocktail Bay is an intimate lodge nestled under the forest canopy with 11 tree-house chalets, each with a private balcony and outdoor shower. It is perfectly located to enjoy walks along unspoilt white sandy beaches and snorkelling in the marine reserve.

The lodge is tucked into the Coastal Forest Reserve, between Sodwana Bay and Kosi Bay, in the northern reaches of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The whole area is a World Heritage Site and offshore is Maputaland Marine Reserve.  Fishing and scuba diving can also be arranged, as can 4-wheel drive trips to Black Rock and nearby hippo pools.

In summer (December to February) the area is home to leatherback and loggerhead turtles which come ashore to lay their eggs – and during this time there are nightly excursions to analyse and record their activity on behalf of the KwaZulu Natal Nature Conservation Service.

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Zululand & Swaziland Self-drive

KwaZulu Natal is a true South African gem when it comes to wildlife, with a great mix of the country’s finest game reserves and breath-taking scenery. Self driving allows you to follow the coast at your own pace and experience a diversity of wildlife away from the crowd.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 11 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Kosi Bay

Kosi Bay is located on the remote KwaZulu Natal North coast, and part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The Bay is formed by four interconnected lakes and is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its palm-fringed reed channels, beautiful beaches and lush vegetation; a pristine wealth of beauty.

  • Where: Northern Coast of KwaZulu Natal
  • Ideal for viewing: loggerhead turtle, hippo, palmnut vulture, Nile crocodile, Cape clawless otter
  • Excellent for: Self-drive