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Set in a dune forest within the St Lucia Estuary in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, Makakatana Bay Lodge is only a two and half hour drive from Durban but provides a secluded getaway in outstanding natural surroundings.

Luxury accommmodation and personal attention combine with elegance and traditional Zulu décor to create a romantic ambience and an ideal setting for honeymooners. Stroll along unspoilt beaches, explore mangrove forests and gaze out over Lake St Lucia while listening to a chorus of birdsong. There are forest mammals and birds to spot within the lodge grounds and guests can also enjoy local game drives as well as full-day safaris to the nearby wildlife-rich Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.

highlights

  • Set in a stunning World Heritage Site
  • Romantic ambience, ideal for honeymooners
  • Discover Lake St Lucia's wildlife
  • Stroll along unspoilt beaches
  • Full-day safaris to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi

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Facilities

Makakatana Bay Lodge has a swimming pool, bar, main lounge with a television, various dining venues and offers full-day safaris to the fantastic Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, situated close by.

Nature trails, bird watching, boating, fishing, snorkelling, local game drives, horse-back safaris and cultural visits to local villages can also be arranged.

General Facilities

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    Swimming Pool
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    Bar

Dining

Guests at Makakatana Bay Lodge have a choice of indoor or outdoor dining experiences. Meals can be enjoyed in the dining room, which tastefully combines a mix of modern and traditional African décor, or on the outside wooden deck but no African dining experience would be complete without a meal in the traditional boma around a crackling fire and under the stars.

Guests can also relax at the bar or visit the wine cellar located in the Old Crab House.

Standard Suite

Makakatana Bay Lodge has six stylishly decorated, sunny and spacious rooms. Three game-viewing rooms are tucked away in a dune forest while a further two rooms overlook the lake.

All rooms are air conditioned, en suite and comfortably appointed with tea and coffee facilities and a mini bar. Enjoy a refreshing outdoor shower surrounded by the sounds of nature, or spot wildlife from your private viewing-deck.

Standard Suite AMENITIES

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    Air-conditioning
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    Outdoor shower
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    Tea & coffee-making facilities
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    Telephone
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    En-suite bath and shower
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    Mini Bar
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    Outside area
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    Ceiling fan

Other Room Types

Makakatana Bay Lodge has a luxurious honeymoon suite with spectacular views over the wetlands. Similar to the other five suites in terms of amenities, honeymooners will enjoy the privacy and comfort of this accommodation and can even spot forest animals from the seclusion of their private viewing deck.

Activities

  • Bush dining
  • Birding
  • Cultural tour
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Fly-fishing
  • Game drives
  • Horse-riding
  • River cruises
  • Scuba diving
  • Boat excursions
  • Picnics
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jul 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $270 Half Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most curent rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Saint Lucia was very great too. The lodge was very small, very comfortable and pleasant. The boat cruise was a very unique experience since we were alone on this part of the lake surrounding by hippos. Wahoo!

    Gerard Tauveron, October 2011
  • Nice start to our trip as we were very tired when we got there (and nice and close to Richards Bay)! Not too hardcore (ie no 5.30am starts!) and very relaxing intro to safari etc with the river cruises to the hippos. Service was amazing and they treated us like royalty (and we had the whole place to ourselves!).

    Tessa Parry-Wingfield, January 2010
  • Makakatana Bay Lodge, really, it was absolutely perfect. The lodge was beautiful, everyone so attentive - I felt completely spoiled! And I loved that I was the only one, and even that the place is so private and protected. This place just finished making up my mind of returning to Africa over and over again.

    Leonora Rodriguez, September 2009

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Bonita Twigg

Bonita Twigg

Africa Safari Expert

"This amazing wetlands location allows you to also experience the beach. The perfect destination for those wanting a bit more of an aquatic experience"

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Makakatana Bay Lodge, really, it was absolutely perfect. The lodge was beautiful, everyone so attentive - I felt completely spoiled! And I loved that I was the only one, and even that the place is so private and protected. This place just finished making up my mind of returning to Africa over and over again.

Leonora Rodriguez, September 2009 >View more reviews