Makakatana Bay Lodge

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Makakatana Bay Lodge


Plot 1, Makakatana, Mtubatuba Rural near Charters Creek

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 unspoilt 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!

Makakatana Bay Lodge is privately set in a dune forest, where it is hidden just meters away from the waters edge of the banks of the Lake St Lucia.

Private personal service
5 Private suites
1 Honeymoon suite
12 Bed maximum capacity
Private Bush pool on lakes edge
TV in main lounge
Dining room
Outdoor dining deck
Boma for bush dinners
Wine cellar in 'Old Crab House'
Private dining on request

St Lucia iSimangaliso Wetlands Park Suite Accommodation
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 dyker, 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.

Makakatana Bay Lodge Luxury Suites
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

Makakatana Bay Lodge offers guests a unique experience when it comes to safaris. Each day explore a different environment of St Lucia iSimangaliso Wetland game reserve.

On a one night stay, the activities included are an afternoon game drive and a morning game drive into the wetlands.
Included in the fully inclusive rate are the following activities:
Afternoon Game Drive
This safari is offered on the day of arrival.
After tea guests travel in a 4x4 open safari vehicle to the heart of the Wetland Park.
Boat Trips on Lake St Lucia
Guests enjoy a morning boat trip after breakfast and a picnic lunch afterwards (weather permitting)
Beach Safaris
Depart after breakfast and enjoy a leisurely safari drive to the Indian Ocean where guests can swim and enjoy the coast-line.
Guests enjoy a picnic lunch and return to the lodge for afternoon tea.
Hluhluwe and uMFolozi Big 5 Game Drive
Makakatana Bay Lodge takes guests on a safari to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Guests are up around 5am and are driven (+/- 50min) to the game reserve to seek out the big 5. A picnic brunch is served at the park and guests return to the lodge by 13H30 for light lunch at 2.
Animals in Hluhluwe Umfolozi include: Elephant, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Leopard, Lion, Buffalo Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyena, Giraffe, Zebra, Dyker, Wildebeest, Impala, Reedbuck, Nyala, Kudu, other antelope and many other species of game. We try our best to seek them out, however understandably we cannot guarantee that all the wild animals will be accommodating!!!
Morning Game Drive
Wake up early for a morning drive into the Wetlands before breakfast and checkout.

Terms and Conditions for Fully Inclusive Safaris

Guests are to advise the lodge which safari activity they would like to do if they are only staying for 2 or 3 nights
These safaris are contracted out to legitimate concessioned operators and are charged for.
These safaris will be confirmed subject to availability and paid for in advance.
Guests have the option of self driving to bookings through Makatana bay Lodge or the lodge guide can
tranfer guests to and from the various activities

All safari's are weather depending, and may change at management's discression.

Optional Extra Safaris
whale watching
fly fishing
turtle tours
zulu cultural village
deep sea fishing
horse safari
scuba diving
bird watching
visit local basket weavers

iSimangaliso wetland Park Lake St Lucia

On 27 april 1897 St Lucia was declared a game reserve. The conservation area was a 35000 hectare lake with a 1km strip of land surrounding the lake. At a later stage other conservation areas were added. On 1 December 1999 UNESCO declared the lake and adjacent coastal areas a world heritage site. The 328 000 hectare reserve was south africa's first world heritage site and encompasses 5 five major ecological zones.

Makakatana Bay Lodge remains the only privately owned lodge situated within this world heritage site.

Ecological Zones

The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park encompasses 5 major ecological zones:

Marine Ecosystem: Warm sea, coral reefs teaming with fish, whales and dolphins.

Eastern Shores Ecosystem: Golden beaches flanked by some of the highest vegetated sand dunes in the world, grassy plains and a variety of wetlands.

Lake St Lucia: Africa's largest natural estuary, populated by hippopotamus, crocodile and water birds.

Mkuze Swamps: A reed and papyrus wetland

Western Shores: Dry savannah and thornveld with rich deposits of fossils.

The History of Makakatana Bay Lodge
The name Makakatana is the name of a Zulu Chief called "Makakatana", who lived in the area many years ago. The southern most bay that opens into Lake St Lucia from the narrows was named after the Chief.

Makakatana Bay Lodge Logo
The logo of the crab was used because the land on which the lodge lies had an old concrete block house built on it that John Kemp Morrison (Jock) used to store fish and crabs. The concrete storage house was later left abandoned due to the severe heat of summer and due to the banning of commercial catching of the crabs.

The block house then got the nick name 'the Crab House'.

Today the 'Crab House' is now called the 'Crab Cellar' and is home to a strangler Fig tree and the Makakatana wine stocks! On request we offer the cellar as a venue for private dinners.


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