Accessible only by off-road vehicles, this section of the Park includes pristine beaches and beautiful dune vistas

Discover the last of a kind
The pristine beaches of the Coastal Forest section
Explore one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Part of the Maputaland Marine Reserve, the Maputaland Coastal Forest is only accessible by off-road vehicles. This section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park includes the pristine beaches of Mabibi, Island Rock, Lala Nek, Rocktail Bay and Black Rock offering swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling and fishing. Large strelitzias and beautiful dune vistas are features of this landscape.
eMabibi, Island Rock, Lala Nek and Black Rock
The shoreline at Lala's Nek
The shoreline at Lala Nek
Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters invite snorkelling and off-shore scuba diving. Lala Nek boasts an emerged sedimentary rocky reef with a safe shore entry, brimming with diverse marine life, perfect for snorkelling. Black Rock beach is situated on the coast, close to the lake chain system of Kosi Bay. The prominent rock formation on the point gives Black Rock its name. For fishermen, Black Rock bay offers excellent sea fly fishing, as well as rock and surf angling opportunities. Behind the back line awaits some of the best shallow-water game fishing along the coast.
So much to do … In splendid isolation
The seas are alive
Join us in welcoming some of iSimangaliso’s oldest residents as they arrive at their birthplace
The Marine Reserve is considered one of the premier dive sites in South Africa, with pristine coral reefs that only Rocktail Beach Camp and Thonga Beach Lodge guests get to explore. Depending on the time of year, you may also get to experience turtles laying eggs, hatchlings scrambling down to the safety of the sea, whale sharks, and swimming with dolphins.
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Useful Information
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 4×4 vehicles, continue along this road for 24km until you see signs either to Rocktail Bay or Thonga Beach Lodge.

Gate Opening & Closing Times

Gate opening and closing times: 06h00 to 18h00
Reception hours: 07h00 to 16h00 (Mon – Sun)

Contact Details
+27 35 592 0235
Entry Fees

Adults: R27
Children (under the age of 16): R16
Vehicle entry charge: R27
Community Levy: R5 per person

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