Maputaland, KwaZulu Natal
This secluded luxury tented camp is a few hundred metres from the beach (15 minute walk but there are shuttles) in the Maputaland Coastal Forest of the iSimangaliso (Greater St Lucia) Wetland Park.
Part of Wilderness Safaris, Rocktail Beach Camp is upmarket, yet relaxed, child-friendly and affordable, and there is an adjoining, top-class scuba diving centre.
The camp’s spacious units and family suites are on raised wooden platforms, and you can lie in bed looking at the indigenous trees and listening to birds. From most decks you can see the ocean. All the tented rooms have en suite bathrooms, overhead fans and beautiful private decks, while the open-plan dining room, bar and lounge of the camp have high ceilings and a fresh decor with simple wooden furniture set off by exotic African pieces.
Between November and March, there is not much to beat watching the loggerhead and leatherback turtles come ashore to lay their eggs.