Overview of Makakatana Bay Lodge

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.

Rates

Competitive rates for unforgettable experiences
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Date Board Price
01/05/2024 - 30/06/2024 Fully Inclusive (All Meals, Selected Beverages) $405
01/07/2024 - 31/12/2024 Fully Inclusive (All Meals, Selected Beverages) $475

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Highlights & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • 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
Bird watching

Bird watching

Boat excursions

Boat excursions

Bush dining

Bush dining

Cultural visits

Cultural visits

Deep sea fishing

Deep sea fishing

Fly fishing

Fly fishing

Game drives

Game drives

Horse riding

Horse riding

Picnics

Picnics

River cruises

River cruises

Scuba diving

Scuba diving

General 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.

Babysitting service

Babysitting service

Bar

Bar

Swimming pool

Swimming pool

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.

Expert Opinion

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Bonita Cronje

Bonita Cronje

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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Traveller Reviews

  • GT

    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
  • TP

    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
  • LR

    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
  • LR

    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