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Makakatana Bay Lodge

“Set within a Game Reserve, on the Banks of Lake St Lucia, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park!”

Budget level: High-End
South Africa
When to Go
All Year
Property Type
Northern KwaZulu Natal
Kids Min Age

Makakatana Bay Lodge is set on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, one of the few remaining natural wonders of this earth. Where else in the world can you explore the magic and wonder of unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, and roaming wildlife in a pristine game reserve and combine this with an unforgettable boat cruise on Africa’s largest marine estuary? 

Makakatana Bay Lodge is a privately-owned and managed safari lodge , located along the western shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, in Northern KwaZulu Natal. 

iSimangaliso, means “a place of miracle and wonder” in the Zulu language, and there truly could not be a more fitting name to describe this Park. It is simply miraculous and wondrous. 

The main lodge is the heart of Makakatana, offering a communal area with personal service, designed for relaxation and comfort. All game drives leave from the main lodge, and all meals are served on either the raised deck, which wraps around the main lodge building, or at the ‘boma’-firepit, which lies alongside it. The lodge’s staff are always available to ensure a magical stay!  

The lodge also offers a bar, affectionately called ‘old crab house’, as well as a nearby private bush pool overlooking the edge of Lake St Lucia. The pool is an un-serviced space, to allow for a private sanctuary of peace, while lounging on the deck, or cooling off while watching hippos make their way through the wetlands.  

Experience & Activities 

The park is home to vibrant wildlife that roams through the jungle thickets, right next to its glorious protected coastal beaches and Lake St. Lucia. A stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge is perfect for exploring this amazing sanctuary in open game drive vehicles, with the lodge’s passionate and knowledgeable rangers, or on the lodge’s private pontoon boat, out on the lake system of the St Lucia Estuary. Simultaneously, you have the chance to dip into the warm Indian Ocean, should you be so inclined. 

The lodge offers both a ‘Fully Inclusive’ Rate, which includes Activities, or a ‘Full Board’ option, which excludes activities, thereby giving you the option to simply enjoy the lodge, and book activities as and when you may feel like them.  


Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of one of the spacious rooms, set on raised decks, within the wilderness of the game park. 

  • Standard Rooms – The Standard Rooms at Makakatana are available in either Double or Twin configurations, and are equipped with a private viewing deck, en-suite bathroom, spacious outdoor shower and bath, mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, telephones, and air-conditioning. The five rooms are bright and spacious, integrating comfort and luxury with the natural environment. Set in the dune forest, the grounds surrounding the luxury suites are frequented by warthog, red duiker, nyala, bush babies, and a variety of bird life. 
  • Family Rooms – The two Family Rooms both sleep a maximum of 4 guests each. The main room has a king-size bed, and the interleading second room offers a twin bed configuration. There is a spacious indoor bathroom with a shower, that opens onto an outdoor bathroom with a bath and outdoor shower. 
  • Honeymoon Room – The Honeymoon Room is situated privately, with views out onto the surrounding vlei. Romantic and intimate, the room is the perfect retreat after a day spent in the bush or exploring the magnificent area. The room has a romantic outdoor shower, as well as a bath fit for two. The private deck is also suitable for private dining, which can be arranged with the lodge manager, upon request. 

Why we like it

  • Perfect addition to a typical safari holiday 
  • Bush & Beach Experience 
  • Seasonal Midnight Turtle Tracking 
  • Family Owned & Run Lodge 

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