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Makakatana Bay Lodge

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Private Game Reserves & Safari Lodges / Weekend Breaks Durban - 5 Bush Chalets, 1 Honeymoon Chalet, 2 Family Chalets
TGCSA 4 Star
Children 6+
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An intimate safari lodge with contemporary design and exceptional staff. Makakatana combines the very best of everything – iSimangaliso’s marine estuaries, game drives, boat safaris, beach excursions and Big Five sightings in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. We awoke in the morning to a hippo, zebra and wildebeest calmly grazing in front of our private deck. I would recommend a three-night stay at least, to be able to experience it all. Our two girls especially loved the boat safari.

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ABOUT Makakatana Bay Lodge

An intimate, contemporary hideaway, Makakatana is the only privately owned lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, Africa’s largest natural marine estuary. iSimangaliso is one of the few natural wonders left on earth with unspoiled wilderness beaches, vast wetlands and game reserves all combined into one reserve. The pristine Indian Ocean beaches, combined with the St Lucia Estuary stretching inland for 65km, provide an undeniable attraction to lovers of wildlife. The lodge is positioned in the forest on the edge of Lake St Lucia and accommodates up to 22 people, enhancing privacy and personal service.

Five stylish Standard Rooms, 1 Honeymoon Room and 2 new Family Rooms comfortably accommodating 4 people, are privately situated along a raised wooden walkway frequented by warthog, duiker, nyala, birds and hippo. Large windows and screen doors slide open onto private viewing decks, with the Honeymoon and Family Rooms boasting al fresco showers. Select a special wine from the wine menu before a fabulous meal out on the deck or around a boma fire. The park supports 526 bird species, five different ecosystems and marine reserves. Look out for elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, hyena, hippo, crocodile and many other species. Full-day safaris include an exploration of the wetlands on a private boat combined with game drives and a picnic lunch on the Western Shores. A full-day beach safari and exploration of the Eastern Shores reserve and coastline, and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve seeking out the Big Five.

TGCSA 4-Star Lodge | Transfers | Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout

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ROOMS

Bush Chalet - Twin, sleeper couch
Sleeps 2
1 Unit
Fully Inclusive Safaris The full board rates are fully inclusive of all meals and scheduled safaris. The safaris included are an afternoon game drive into the wetlands on the day of arrival. If guests are in for 1 night only, then guests will enjoy a morning game drive into the wetlands on the morning of departure. Full day trips are offered when staying for a minimum of 2 nights, where they have a full day to enjoy a safari. These safaris include: Boat Safari or Beach Safari. Hluhluwe Game Reserve is offered as the 3rd full day option on a 4 night stay.
From R 4,600.00 p/p sharing All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Honeymoon Chalet
Sleeps 3
1 Unit
Fully Inclusive Safaris The full board rates are fully inclusive of all meals and scheduled safaris. The safaris included are an afternoon game drive into the wetlands on the day of arrival. If guests are in for 1 night only, then guests will enjoy a morning game drive into the wetlands on the morning of departure. Full day trips are offered when staying for a minimum of 2 nights, where they have a full day to enjoy a safari. These safaris include: Boat Safari or Beach Safari. Hluhluwe Game Reserve is offered as the 3rd full day option on a 4 night stay.
From R 5,000.00 p/p sharing All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Bush Chalet - Twin
Sleeps 2
2 Units
From R 4,600.00 p/p sharing All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Bush Chalet - King
Sleeps 2
2 Units
From R 4,600.00 p/p sharing All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Bukela Family Chalet
Sleeps 4
1 Unit
From R 5,800.00 p/p sharing All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Jabulani Family Chalet
Sleeps 4
1 Unit
From R 5,800.00 p/p sharing All Meals, local beverages and activities
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Check in & check-out times

Check-in: 13:00

Check-out: 10:00

Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change. Please re-confirm rates when booking or enquiring.

GUEST FEEDBACK

My stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge
13 Jan 2016

"It was a great experience the staff is amazing their hospitality is top notch !"

Anonymous from
Makakatana Bay Lodge
12 Dec 2014

"The best run lodge we have ever stayed at. Hugh and Leigh-Ann the owners take a personal interest in the running of all activities and it works like clockwork. So efficient and friendly, make you feel really special to them and I believe we were. Guudes were brilliant, particularly Julian and Warwick who found all sorts of things for us to see, particularly birds and hippos. Crocs absent for a while whilst we were there but will return soon. Boat safari a must too. Food and service were particularly good and staff were trained to a high level and very personable. Lindi was particularly good in this respect. Wat a wonderful stay, we shall never forget and will return at some time. Thank you all very much for a wonderful time..Bernard, Sue, Mike and Eleanor"

Bernard Taylor from United Kingdom
Fantastic nature experience
01 Aug 2012

"Very beautiful lodge. Nice staff, clean, nicely furnished, good meals. Beautiful game drives with interesting birds and water fauna. Enjoyed it very much!"

Marco Bianchetti from Switzerland

DIRECTIONS & MAP

Directions:

  • Makakatana Bay Lodge is situated within the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park Reserve, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal.
  • Heading North on the N2 - pass the Mtubatuba / St Lucia turn-off and keep heading North for approximately 20 km.
  • Heading South on the N2 - Pass the Hluhluwe turn-off and head south for about another 25 to 30 km - pass the Nyalazi River sign and then lookout for the CHARTERS CREEK / MAKAKATANA turn-off.
  • Follow the tar road for approximately 14 km and keep going straight onto the dirt road towards Charters Creek.
  • About 1 km along the dirt road take the right fork at the Makakatana sign.
  • Keep on the dirt road and follow the signs for another 4 km.

GPS Coordinates

S28° 14' 18.44" E32° 25' 09.36"