Makakatana Bay Lodge

Accommodation in St Lucia and surrounds

Star Rating:4

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.

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

Room Description at :

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.

  •     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
  •     Telephones

MAKAKATANA BAY LODGE ACTIVITIES    (Included in the fully inclusive Rate)   



DAY 1    -        AFTERNOON WETLANDS SAFARI DRIVE (15h30 – 18h30 / 16h00 -19h00)

Guests are taken on an afternoon Game Drive into the wetlands to seek out animals in the area, Hippo, crocodile & birds on their first day at the Lodge.  It is recommended that guests arrive at the Lodge by 15h00 in order to go on the drive.  Animals that may be seen include Giraffe, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Zebra, White Rhino, Waterbuck, serval, porcupine, genet, Leopard, Elephant and Black Rhino.     (note - this activity is offered on the day of arrival)


Makakatana Day Safaris include the following.  Guests must please advise in advance what day safari they would prefer to book if they only have one full day at the Lodge. The standard day trip offered on a 2 night stay is the Boat Trip.                               

Note ** Full Day Safaris


DAY 2    -      BOAT TRIP ON LAKE ST LUCIA ESTUARY** ( 09h00–15h00 ) 

An early breakfast is served at the Lodge after which guests depart the Lodge to embark on a 2 hour boat trip on Lake St Lucia Estuary.  The focus of this safari is to seek out birdlife, hippo and crocodile on the boat and other animals and birds in the Wetlands.  After a picnic lunch and a short drive through the park guests return to the Lodge and relax in the afternoon.


DAY 3    -      BEACH SAFARI  ** (8h30 – 15h00 / 09h00–15h30)
Depart after Breakfast & enjoy a leisurely safari drive to the Eastern Shores through the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Reserve).  Guests are taken to the Beach for walking, swimming & snorkeling and then enjoy a picnic lunch in the sand dune forests followed by a game drive back to the Lodge.  This is a combination safari, which includes a game drive and beach experience. 


DAY 4  -      HLUHLUWE/ UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE ** (05h00 - 13h30 / 06h00 – 14h00)

Early Wake up & depart from the Lodge - 45 minute drive in a Safari vehicle (or combi if preferred) to Hluhluwe/Umfolozi Game Reserve. A full English breakfast is cooked in the park by your Ranger.  Guests return to the Lodge by 13h30.
Enjoy an afternoon siesta or leisure time at the pool on the lakes edge.  


DAY 5   -   iSimangaliso Wetland Park    (06h00 – 08h00)

Early morning drive exploring the Wetlands & check out after breakfast.


EXTRA  SAFARIS OFFERED AT AN ADDITIONAL COST  (prices subject to change) (as at Jan 2012)

These Safaris are contracted out & must be booked in advance – Self Drive

Transfers to the St Lucia venue and return to lodge – on request – R500

* Scuba Diving (Sodwana)   (R900 pp min 2)      (Trf R1600)                 *  Whale Watching Safaris (June - Nov)  R850 pp

* Turtle Tours (November - January)  R950 pp                                      *  Deepsea Fishing (R750 pp min 4pax)

* Dumazulu Cultural Village – R120 pp : Shows 11h00 & 15h15             *  Fly Fishing off the beach (R1500pp min 2pax)

* Morning Birding Tour – R500  Morning    (Max 6pax)                          *  Fly Fishing on St Lucia Estuary (R500 pp -  4hr  Min 2pax)

* Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre – R150 pp  (viewing  10h30 / 16h30)

* Horse Safaris – 2 ½  hr beach or game ride  (R500 pp)  / 2 hr beach or game ride  (R440 pp) / 1 hr beach or game ride (R220 pp)



The Lodge has a closed, air-conditioned vehicle, should guests prefer to do their activities in a closed vehicle.


Inclusions / Exclusions

Rates Include:

Full Board

The full board rates include all meals, teas/coffees and scheduled activities.  Drinks are extra.

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 or Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

The BOAT safari is the most popular as the guests spend 2 ½ hours going up the estuary, seeing crocodiles and hippo very close, and then have a lovely picnic lunch out.

Full Board Rate Exclude :-
Optional excursion, transfers

Dinner Bed and Breakfast Rate Exclude
Optional excursions, transfers


Extra information

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