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.
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!
Private personal service
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
On a one night stay, the activities included are an afternoon game drive and a morning game drive into the wetlands.
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.
Guests enjoy a morning boat trip after breakfast and a picnic lunch afterwards (weather permitting)
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.
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.
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
tranfer guests to and from the various activities
All safari's are weather depending, and may change at management's discression.
Optional Extra Safaris
zulu cultural village
deep sea fishing
visit local basket weavers
iSimangaliso wetland Park Lake St Lucia
Makakatana Bay Lodge remains the only privately owned lodge situated within this world heritage site.
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 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.