Makakatana Bay Lodge

Isimangaliso/St Lucia, Kwazulu Natal

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Amenities & Facilities

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Makakatana Bay Lodge, St Lucia iSimangaliso KwaZulu Natal. The only privately owned safari lodge set on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the heart of Africa's largest natural estuary.

The iSimangaliso Wetland park World Heritage Site is one of the few natural wonders left on earth where there are unspoiled wilderness beaches, vast wetlands and game reserves all combined into one reserve.

Makakatana Bay Lodge is a 4 Star property which is situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, World Heritage Site, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.

Makakatana welcomes you to the 'home from home' lodge, where they provide comfort and friendship which complements with a host of safaris' to explore these incredible wonders.

Makakatana Bay Lodge is privately set in a dune forest, where it is hidden just meters away from the waters edge of the banks of the Lake St Lucia

Makakatana Bay Lodge Facilities

*Private personal service
*5 Private suites
*1 Honeymoon suite
*12 Bed maximum capacity
*Private Bush pool on lakes edge
*TV in main lounge
*Dining room
*Outdoor dining deck
*Boma for bush dinners
*Wine cellar in ‘Old Crab House’
*Private dining on request

Makakatana Bay Lodge offers guests a unique experience when it comes to safaris. Each day explore a different environment of St Lucia iSimangaliso Wetland game reserve.

On a one night stay, the activities included are an afternoon game drive and a morning game drive into the wetlands.

Included in the fully inclusive rate are the following activities:

Afternoon Game Drive
This safari is offered on the day of arrival.
After tea guests travel in a 4x4 open safari vehicle to the heart of the Wetland Park.

Boat Trip on Lake St Lucia
Guests enjoy a morning boat trip after breakfast and a picnic lunch afterwards (weather permitting)

Beach Safari
Depart after breakfast and enjoy a leisurely safari drive to the Indian Ocean where guests can swim and enjoy the coast-line. Guests enjoy a picnic lunch and return to the lodge for afternoon tea.

Hluhluwe and uMfolozi Big 5 Game Drive
Makakatana Bay Lodge takes guests on a safari to Hluhluwe Mfolozi Game Reserve. Guests are up around 5am and are driven (+/- 50min) to the game reserve to seek out the big 5. A picnic brunch is served at the park and guests return to the lodge by 13H30 for light lunch at 2
Animals in Hluhluwe Umfolozi include: Elephant, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Leopard, Lion, Buffalo Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyena, Giraffe, Zebra, Duiker, Wildebeest, Impala, Reedbuck, Nyala, Kudu, other antelope and many other species of game.

Morning Game Drive
Wake up early for a morning drive into the Wetlands before breakfast and checkout.

Terms and Conditions for Fully Inclusive Safaris
Guests are to advise the lodge which safari activity they would like to do if they are only staying for 2 or 3 nights.

All safari’s are weather depending, and may change at management’s discretion.

Optional Extra Safaris

*whale watching
*deep sea fishing
*fly fishing
*horse safari
*turtle tours
*scuba diving
*visit local basket weavers
*bird watching
*zulu cultural village

Terms and Conditions

*These safaris are contracted out to legitimate concessioned operators and are charged for.
*These safaris will be confirmed subject to availability and paid for in advance.
*Guests have the option of self driving to bookings through Makakatana Bay Lodge or the lodge guide can transfer guests to and from the various activities

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

Guests are accommodated in 6 bright and spacious suites. Three of these are set in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red duiker, nyala, bush babies, birds and hippo.

One room has a view out through the bush onto a vlei and the other has a view through the bush onto the Lake.

The Honeymoon suite is situated privately with views out onto a vlei.

Large windows and terrace doors as well as mosquito gauze screen doors slide open onto private viewing decks, skillfully combining luxury and integration with the environment.

Makakatana Bay Lodge Luxury Suites

*5 standard suites
*1 honeymoon suite
*Air-conditioning/ heating
*Private game viewing decks
*En-suite bathroom and toilet
*Outdoor shower
*Service bar fridges
*Tea and coffee facilities


28.238455°S 32.419261°E

Makakatana Bay Lodge is situated on Lake St Lucia, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, Zululand,
KwaZulu Natal.

Heading North on the N2 - On the N2 from Durban and from King Shaka International Airport, head North, pass Empangeni/Richards Bay turnoffs, pass Mtubatuba / St Lucia turnoff and keep on the N2 heading North for approximately 20Km.

Heading South on the N2 - from Gauteng, head South, pass Pongola and Mkuze pass the Hluhluwe turnoff & head south for about another 25 / 30Km - pass the Nyalazi River sign & then.
Lookout for the Charters Creek/ Makakatana turn-off.

Follow the tar road for approximately 14Km and keep going straight onto the dirt road towards Charters Creek. About 1Km along the dirt road take the right fork at the Makakatana sign. Keep on the dirt road and follow the signs for another 4Km.
-2h30 Drive from Durban
-1h00 Drive from Richards Bay Airport
-6h30 Drive from Johannesburg
Ask the lodge to quote you on Road Transfers

Location of Makakatana Bay Lodge

Makakatana Bay Lodge is not situated in the town of St Lucia. it is 30km north off the N2 past Mtubatuba/ St Lucia turnoff.

Child Policy:

* Child under age of 6 subject to special consent.
* Child (under 12 years) sharing with 2 adults
* Children in own room are charged adult sharing rates

Rates from:

Standard Room

R 4 240 per person sharing per night
Valid 01 Mar 2017 to 30 Apr 2017
R 3 610 per person sharing per night
Valid 01 May 2017 to 30 Jun 2017
R 4 240 per person sharing per night
Valid 01 Jul 2017 to 31 Dec 2017

Rate Includes:

* Accommodation
* 3 Meals
* Scheduled Safaris which include afternoon game drive into wetlands on day of arrival
* Second day is a Full Day Safari, options include Boat Safari or Beach Safari. Hluluwe Game Reserve is offered as the 3rd day activity only on 4 Night Stay bookings.

Rate Exclude:

* All Extras

Term & Conditions:

* Rates are subject to change and availability
* Minimum two night stay

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