Coastal Forest

Accessible only by off-road vehicles, this section of the Park includes the pristine beaches of Mabibi, Island Rock, Rocktail Bay and Black Rock. Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities. Large strelitzias and beautiful dune vistas are features of this section of the Park.


There are three accommodation facilities in the Coastal Forest section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Rocktail Beach Camp has 10 x twin/double en-suite units and 7 x 4-sleeper family unit and is situated at Island Rock. Thonga Beach Lodge with 12 x twin/double en-suite units and the Mabibi Campsite with 10 campsites (with no plug-points) are situated at the Mabibi Beach.


  • Scuba diving at Mabibi and Island Rock
  • Snorkelling and swimming at Mabibi, Island Rock, Lala Nek, Rocktail Bay, Black Rock, Dog Point
  • Kayaking on Lake Sibaya (Thonga Beach Lodge guests only)
  • Birding
  • Walking
  • Salt-water fly fishing and rock and surf fishing
  • The maximum number of vehicles allowed at day visitor sites are as follows:
    • Mabibi – 5 vehicles
    • Island Rock – 5 vehicles
    • Lala Nek – 5 vehicles
    • Rocktail Bay – 5 vehicles
    • Black Rock – 8 vehicles

Getting there

From Hluhluwe take the R22 towards Sodwana Bay. 18km after Mbazwana turn right at the Coastal Forest turnoff. For visitors in sedan vehicles, it is possible to park vehicles at the Coastal Cashews office and arrange a transfer to the accommodation facilities in this section of iSimangaliso. For visitors driving in their own 4x4 vehicles, continue along this road for 24km until you see signs either to Rocktail Bay or Thonga Beach Lodge.

GPS Co-ordinates

  • Mabibi: -27.333195°S; 32.752066°
  • Island Rock: -27.277783°S; 32.77656°E
  • Lala Nek: -27.224025°S; 32.794733°E
  • Rocktail Bay: -27.185389°S; 32.808926°E
  • Black Rock: -27.134839°S; 32.830704°E
  • Dog Point: -27.106444°S; 32.842239°E

Park entry

  • Gate opening and closing times:
    • 06h00 to 18h00
  • Reception hours:
    • 07h00 to 16h00 (Mon – Sun)
  • Entry fee:
    • Adults – R25
    • Children (under the age of 16) – R15
    • Vehicle charge – R25
  • Community Levy: R5 per person
  • Manzengwenya Camp (Island Rock) contact details: +27 35 574 8998
  • Kosi Bay Camp contact details: +27 35 592 0235
  • iSimangaliso 24 Hour emergency hotline: +27 82 797 7944

Operators working at Coastal Forest
Accommodation options within Coastal Forest