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Makakatana Bay Lodge

Lodge on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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iSimangaliso Wetland Park , KwaZulu Natal,
South Africa
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to vibrant wildlife in the game reserve, within Lake St. Lucia’s estuary and the glorious coastal beaches on the eastern shores of the park.


“Where in the world can you explore the magic and wonder of unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, enjoy game drives, wildlife and go on an unforgettable boat cruise on Africa's largest marine estuary?” At Makakatana Bay Lodge.

Makakatana Bay Lodge is set on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, one of the few natural wonders left on earth. This protected natural wonder gem boasts Africa’s largest estuarine system, Lake St Lucia, that more than 1000 hippo and 1200 crocodile call home, as well as the treasured soaring coastal dune forests sheltering pristine beaches. The Park is brimming with vibrant birds and wildlife, including rhino, buffalo, lion, elephant, hyena, cheetah and leopard.

Experience unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, game drives around our game reserve, and an unforgettable boat cruise on the estuary. Their goal is to show off this unique and pristine wilderness gem, the perfect addition to a typical safari holiday.

Makakatana Bay Lodge is the only privately-owned and owner-managed game lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of their spacious rooms, set on raised decks within the wilderness of the game park. Each room is surrounded by bush providing privacy and intimacy however, guests can expect frequent visits from warthogs, red duikers, nyalas, bush babies, and a variety of bird life which can be viewed from your very own deck.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is known for the abundance of wildlife in the reserve and within Lake St Lucia. Each guest’s stay at Makakatana Bay is designed around exploring the amazing sanctuary on an open game drive vehicle or on the private pontoon boat. Take a cruise along Lake St. Lucia which allows guests to experience the wildlife from a new perspective. Here guests can watch the resident hippo performance or set your binoculars on the reed birds whilst enjoying the gentle breeze as you learn about the lake from expert guides. Dip your feet in the warm Indian Ocean at one the most pristine coastlines in South Africa. The beach safari offered by the lodge includes a game drive from the western shores through to the eastern shores, allowing guests to explore this amazing World Heritage Site. Here one can spot a breaching whale, a pod of dolphins as well as rhino & buffalo. Head out on a full-day trip to the famous Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Big Five Game Reserve at the crack of dawn which is just a 75-minute drive away.


    Luxury accommodation
    All meals, teas, and coffees
    Day 1: Afternoon wetland game drive on the day of arrival.
    Day 2: A full day boat and western shores safari, incl picnic lunch.
    Day 3: A full day eastern shores and beach safari, incl picnic lunch.
    Day 4: Morning wetland game drive on the day of departure.
    These trips can be swapped for boating trips in the Lodge small SOLAR POWERED BOATS in front of the lodge. (weather dependent and subject to availability)
    * Note: Full day safaris are not available on one night stays


Your stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge is designed around exploring this amazing sanctuary on an open game drive vehicle, on our private pontoon boat, and with your feet in the warm Indian Ocean.


Stay at least 3 nights so that you can experience the game drives in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, pontoon cruises on Lake St Lucia, a beach and bush safari and a trip to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Big Five game reserve.

Special SADC 30 Day Out Rate


per person sharing per night, incl. all meals & activities. Valid until 20 December 2024 excl. peak periods

Standard Rate


per person sharing per night Dinner, Bed & Breakfast & all safaris.

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