MAKAKATANA BAY LODGE - St. Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

“Where in the world can you explore the magic and wonder of unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, enjoy game drives, and go on an unforgettable boat cruise on a estuary?”

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. Our goal is to show off this unique and pristine wilderness gem, the perfect addition to a typical safari holiday.

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Makakatana Bay Lodge is a privately-owned and managed game lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of our spacious rooms, set on raised decks within the wilderness of the game park. 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.

Whether you are self-driving from either Durban or Richards Bay, or are visiting us from abroad, our reservations team is happy to assist you with planning your holiday.

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Makakatana Bay Lodge is a short drive from either Durban (2.5 hours) or Richard’s Bay (1 hour). If you'd like to book an added activity and start your bush experience upon arrival, our experienced guides can take you on an afternoon game drive in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

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Our cruise along the narrows of Lake St. Lucia is a firm favourite, allowing our guests to experience the wildlife from a totally new perspective. Watch the resident hippo perform, set your binoculars on the reed birds, and enjoy the gentle breeze as you learn about the lake from our expert guides.

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Dip your feet in the warm Indian Ocean along one of the most pristine coastlines in South Africa. Our beach safari includes a game drive from the western shores through to the eastern shores, allowing you to explore this amazing World Heritage Site. Where else could you spot a breaching whale, a pod of dolphins, rhino, and buffalo on one trip?

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The early bird catches the worm. We depart at the crack of dawn, and head to the famous Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Big Five game reserve, 75 minutes away.

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