Nestled within the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, a haven of tranquility resides. After dropping off your car, take a short transfer by open-top jeep into the jungle’s depths to the isolated and unique Rocktail Bay Lodge.
Individual tree houses line the forest’s canopy. Inside, guests are welcomed by beds cocooned by cushioning, surrounded by wicker walls and whitewashed hanging drapes. Enjoy the opulent on-suite bathrooms or bid for an al fresco shower out on the private balcony. Waken to a cacophony of the possibly not-so-welcome ‘har-dee-dar’ bird’s song before taking a leisurely stroll to the communal breakfast bar where an array of food on offer keeps you equipped for the day ahead.
Chauffeured by hotel staff, groups can visit the near by beaches for a day of ultimate relaxation. The private shores are so secluded that Robinson Crusoe would have felt out of place while the African sun shines down on the bleach white sand, lulling even the most stressed of hearts into a contented haze. Cool off in the shallows where rainbow coloured fish flutter at your feet. Scuba dive or snorkel amongst the abundant reef.
For the more adventurous, an opportunity to boogie board along the shoreline or explore the underwater caves is not to be missed. Take a trip to the famous Black Rock, climbing to its peak for a glimpse of the whales and dolphins.
Activities can be arranged, catering for all ages, from quad-biking, fishing or forest walks. A visit to the Gugulesizwe Cultural Village, an attempt at Zulu dancing, or, if the season is right, a dusky excursion to track newly hatched turtles.
Before heading back to the lodge, you can settle into the sand and admire the spectacular sunset spilling over the horizon. Joining the other guests, enjoy a succulent dinner of locally sourced seafood and a nightcap aside the ‘boma’ – a rather more luxurious campfire – to divulge the details of your day. A dip in the moonlit pool lends itself for an ideal ending to a blissful day, leaving the only task of taking yourself to bed for yet another night of undisturbed sleep among a canopy of stars.