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Turtle Season At Rocktail Beach Camp Has Arrived – Don’t Miss Out!

November 16, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

RB022013_-_248Have you ever experienced the privilege of witnessing sea-faring turtles as they lay their eggs on a deserted beach under a starlit sky? It’s that time of the year again, where Rocktail Beach Camp situated in Maputaland pays witness to such a humbling experience as many pay homage to their breeding cycle.

Turtle season at Rocktail Beach Camp, on the unspoilt coastline of northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience by joining their turtle monitors as they patrol these vast beaches, and, if you are lucky, to witness a turtle laying its eggs.

Every summer, hundreds of Leatherback and Loggerhead turtles complete their breeding cycle and emerge from the Indian Ocean to lay their eggs on this stretch of coastline, with many returning to the exact beach on which they themselves were hatched. The event has remained unchanged for thousands of years.

Wilderness Turtle SeasonBy joining in on the experience, guests at Rocktail Beach Camp will also be making a positive contribution to turtle conservation. Since the 1990’s, Wilderness Safaris has played a fundamental role in assisting the monitoring of the turtle populations of the Maputaland Marine Reserves. Results of this study show that populations of both turtles are in fact increasing.

In 1963 scientists initiated a project to monitor the number of nesting females per season, and to protect the beaches on which they nest from further disturbance. This project has continued since then, with Rocktail and the Wilderness Wildlife Trust helping out financially and logistically; resulting in Rocktail’s turtle population being one of very few on Earth that is on the increase.

Rocktail Beach Camp, set back in the lush dune forest, has 17 en-suite rooms, seven of which are family suites each with shared bathroom and two bedrooms. There is a central dining room, bar and lounge with large wrap-around veranda and a raised deck with wide views extending out to the ocean. A large pool, curio shop and children’s playroom make Rocktail Beach Camp the perfect family getaway destination.

Pristine coral reefs are a base for incredible marine life: depending on the season shoals of fish, eels, rays, the occasional manta and spotted eagle ray, whale sharks, dolphins, humpback and southern right whales can be seen in abundance, making Rocktail a world-class scuba diving and snorkelling destination . Other adventures to experience during your stay include birding, swimming on pristine beaches, walking the coastal forest, excursions to Lake Sibiya and Black Rock and surf fishing (catch and release). Sangoma visits and eco-sensitive quad biking can also be experienced.

Guests visiting Rocktail Beach Camp between mid-October and mid-March are able to join the guides patrolling the beach at low tide, in search of nesting or hatching turtles. To witness a 750kg leatherback turtle heaving herself up the beach to lay eggs is an experience you shouldn’t miss.

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