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Makakatana Bay Lodge

Just two and a half hours from Durban, Makakatana Bay Lodge is the only privately owned lodge set within the Greater St. Lucia iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the heart of Africa's largest natural estuary

The Lodge

We welcome you to this luxury 12 bed 'home from home' lodge, where we provide comfort and friendship which we complement with a host of safaris to explore these incredible wonders!


Makakatana Bay Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable KwaZulu Natal wildlife safari experience with its luxury game viewing rooms and excellent service.

Guests are accommodated in 6 bright and spacious rooms. Three luxury game viewing rooms are set in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red dyker, nyala, bush babies, birds and hippo!

Two of the luxury game viewing rooms have stunning views onto the lake and water pans, while our popular opulent honeymoon suite has an incredible view over a wetland vlei.

Large windows and terrace doors open onto private viewing decks, skillfully combining luxury and integration with the environment. There is also an additional outside shower under the stars for those more adventurous guests who want to shower closer to nature.

Makakatana Bay Lodge promises a KwaZulu Natal wildlife safari with luxury game viewing rooms and all the amenities that will make your holiday in beautiful Zululand an unforgettable experience.

Fauna and Flora

On 27 april 1897 lake st lucia was declared a game reserve. The conservation area was a 35000 hectare lake with a 1km strip of land surrounding the lake. At a later stage other conservation areas were added. On 1 december 1999 unesco declared the lake and adjacent coastal areas a world heritage site. The 328 000 hectare reserve was south africa’s first world heritage site and encompasses 5 five major ecological zones.


The Afternoon Wetlands Safari Drive is offered to guests on day of arrival.
A 2 hour morning game drive is offered to guests on the day of departure.
If guests only have accommodation for 2 nights, then one of the full day safaris will be offered. Management reserves the right to co-ordinate activities. All activities below are included in the fully inclusive rate.

Afternoon Wetlands Safari Drive: (16h00 -18h30)
Guests are taken on an afternoon Safari Drive into the wetlands. It is recommended that guests arrive at the Lodge by 15h00 in order to go on the drive.
Note - this activity is offered on the day of arrival

Beach Safari – Day Trip:
Depart after Breakfast & enjoy a leisurely safari drive to the Eastern Shores through the Greater
St Lucia Wetland Park Reserve. Guests are taken to the Beach for swimming & snorkeling and then enjoy a picnic lunch. This is a combination safari, which includes a game drive and beach experience.

Boat Trip & Wetland Exploration – Day Trip:
Guests are taken on an exploration of the Wetland Park. This includes a 2 hour boat trip on the St Lucia Estuary or on the main Lake, subject to water levels. A picnic lunch is served before returning to the Lodge. The focus of this safari is to seek out bird life, hippo and crocodile on the boat and other animals and birds in the Wetlands.

Hluhluwe - Imfolozi Game Reserve – Day Trip
Early Wake up & depart from the Lodge - 45 minute drive in a Safari vehicle (or combi if preferred) to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Brunch is served in the Reserve. Please note that the Hluhluwe Safari is offered as the 3rd full day Activity or as an alternative to the Beach and Boat Safari should the weather be bad. Guests are usually back at the Lodge between 1 and 2 pm.


Makakatana Bay Lodge Rates 2017

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Rates include: all meals and scheduled safaris

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