South African Lodges
Address
St Lucia
Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
KwaZulu Natal
South Africa
Rating
Lodge Type
R7060.00SINGLE RATE
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The Makakatana Bay Lodge offers its guests an unforgettable KwaZulu-Natal Safari experience with its adventures game viewing, its comfortable suites, and excellent service. Situated in the St Lucia Wetland set in a dune forest, this Lodge has hidden just meters away from the water's edge of the great banks of the Lake St Lucia. The four-star lodge is on the banks of Lake St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site in South Africa, which is 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 the traveler can find an untouched beach, mangroves and wildlife reserves all combined into one natural paradise. Guests can be accommodated in 6 spacious suites. Three of these are in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red darker, nyala, bush babies, birds, and hippo. One room at the Bay Lodge provides a view out through the forest onto a vlei, and the other has a view through the bush onto the St Lucia 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.

Hotel room features:

  • Five standard suites
  • One honeymoon suite
  • Air-conditioning/ heating
  • Private game viewing decks
  • En-suite bathroom and toilet
  • Outdoor shower
  • Service bar fridges
  • Tea & coffee facilities
  • Telephones.

Facilities and Services

  • Private personal service
  • Five luxurious suites
  • One Honeymoon Suite
  • 12-bed maximum capacity
  • Private bush pool on the edge of the lake
  • Bar
  • A TV in the main lounge
  • Dining room
  • Outdoor dining deck
  • Boma for bush dinners
  • Wine cellar in 'Old Crab House.'
  • Private dining on request.

Activities

The following is a recommended four-night itinerary which can be changed to meet each travelers needs and requirements:

Day 1: AFTERNOON WETLANDS SAFARI DRIVE (3:30pm/4:00pm -6:30pm/7:00pm)

Guests are taken on an afternoon Game Drive into the wetlands to observe animals in this beautiful region such as Hippo, crocodile & birds on their first day at the Lodge. It is recommended that guests arrive at the Lodge by 15h00 to go on the drive. Animals that may be seen include Giraffe, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Zebra, White Rhino, Waterbuck, serval, porcupine, genet, Leopard, Elephant and Black Rhino.

Day 2: BOAT TRIP ON LAKE ST LUCIA (8:30 am- 2:30 pm)

An early breakfast is after which guests depart the Lodge to embark on a boat trip to Lake St Lucia. The focus of this safari is to seek out bird life, hippo, and crocodile on the ship and other animals and birds in the Wetlands. After a picnic lunch and a short drive through the park, guests return to the Lodge and relax in the afternoon.

Day 3: BEACH SAFARI (8:30am - 3:00pm)

Depart after Breakfast & enjoy a leisurely safari drive to the Eastern Shores through the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Reserve. Guests are taken to the Beach for walking, swimming & snorkeling and then enjoy a picnic lunch in the dune forests followed by a game drive back to the Lodge. This is a combination safari, which includes a game drive and beach experience.

Day 4: HLUHLUWE/ UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE (5:00am - 1:30pm)

Early Wake-up and depart from the Lodge - 45-minute drive in a Safari vehicle (or combi if preferred) to Hluhluwe or Umfolozi Game Reserve. A light continental Breakfast is served just after entering the park. Guests return to the Lodge by 13h30. Enjoy an afternoon siesta or leisure time at the pool on the edge of the lake.

Day 5: CHECK OUT

Early morning drives and checks out after breakfast.

Activities:

  • Scuba Diving (Sodwana)
  • Whale Watching Safaris (June - Nov)
  • Turtle Tours (November - January)
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Dumazulu Cultural Village
  • Fly Fishing off the beach
  • Morning Birding
  • Horse Safaris on beach or game ride
  • 1 Hour Flight over the Lake & Coastline

Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Big 5 Game Drive

The lodge takes guests on a safari to the Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Guests are up around 5 am 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.
Isimangaliso Wetland Park Lake St Lucia

On 28 April 1897, St Lucia was declared a game reserve. The conservation area was a 36000-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.

Location

  •     2h30 hours drive from Durban
  •     1h00 hour drive from Richards Bay Airport
  •     6h30 hours drive from Johannesburg
  •     However, it is not in the town of St Lucia. It is 30km north of the N2 past Mtubatuba/ St Lucia turn of

Below detailed information about the Makakatana Bay is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Mosquito net
  • Outside Shower
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Terrace

Restaurants

Dining at Makakatana

Makakatana lodge offers a dining room, an outdoor dining deck, a boma for bush dinners and a wine cellar for guests to enjoy during their stay. Private dining is also available on request.

Wildlife activities

Hluhluwe Mfolozi Big 5 game drives are offered from Makakatana Bay Lodge. Guests are driven to the game reserve to seek out the big 5. A picnic brunch is available at the park and visitors can spot elephant, white and black rhino, leopard, lion, buffalo, cheetah, wild dog, hyena, giraffe, zebra, duiker, wildebeest, impala, reedbuck, nyala, kudu, as well as many other species of game.

Optional extra wildlife activities include whale watching, deep sea fishing, fly fishing, horse safaris, turtle tours, scuba diving and bird watching.

 

Excursions

Guests make take a boat trip on Lake St Lucia and enjoy a picnic lunch afterward. Beach safaris drive to the Indian Ocean where guests can swim and enjoy the coastline. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the beach. Other excursions include visits to the local basket weavers and the Zulu cultural village.
 

  • Boma
  • Hotel Bar
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck
  • Wine cellar

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 13:00
  • Check out: 11:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
Social Responsibility
  • On 3 February 2008, one of the employees at Makakatana passed away after a short illness, leaving behind her 11-year-old daughter, Nokubonga.

    Although for Makakatana charity starts with this little girl, Nokubonga their aim is to end up helping much more. So much is needed to help the many children without parents and guests are free to donate clothes, educational items, sports equipment or money.

Available Rooms

Honeymoon Suite

Guests at the Makakatana Bay Lodge have a choice of 6 spacious suites. Three of these are in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red darker, nyala, bush babies, birds, and hippo.

One room at the Bay Lodge provides a view out through the bush onto a vlei, and the other has a view through the bush onto the St Lucia Lake. 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.

Room features:

  •     Air-conditioning/heating
  •     Private game viewing decks
  •     En-suite bathroom and toilet
  •     Outdoor shower
  •     MiniBar
  •     Tea and coffee facilities
  •     Telephones
     
Single Room R10460
Double Room R10460

King

# Rooms:
6

Guests at the Makakatana Bay Lodge have a choice of 6 spacious suites. Three of these are in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red darker, nyala, bush babies, birds, and hippo.

One room at the Bay Lodge provides a view out through the bush onto a vlei, and the other has a view through the bush onto the St Lucia Lake. 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.

Room features:

  •     Air-conditioning/heating
  •     Private game viewing decks
  •     En-suite bathroom and toilet
  •     Outdoor shower
  •     MiniBar
  •     Tea and coffee facilities
  •     Telephones
     
Single Room R7060
Double Room R9410

Standard Twin

# Rooms:
6

Guests at the Makakatana Bay Lodge have a choice of 6 spacious suites. Three of these are in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red darker, nyala, bush babies, birds, and hippo.

One room at the Bay Lodge provides a view out through the bush onto a vlei, and the other has a view through the bush onto the St Lucia Lake. 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.

Room features:

  •     Air-conditioning/heating
  •     Private game viewing decks
  •     En-suite bathroom and toilet
  •     Outdoor shower
  •     MiniBar
  •     Tea and coffee facilities
  •     Telephones
     
Single Room R7060
Double Room R9410

Twin Room with Sleeper

# Rooms:
6

Guests at the Makakatana Bay Lodge have a choice of 6 spacious suites. Three of these are in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red darker, nyala, bush babies, birds, and hippo.

One room at the Bay Lodge provides a view out through the bush onto a vlei, and the other has a view through the bush onto the St Lucia Lake. 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.

Room features:

  •     Air-conditioning/heating
  •     Private game viewing decks
  •     En-suite bathroom and toilet
  •     Outdoor shower
  •     MiniBar
  •     Tea and coffee facilities
  •     Telephones
     
Single Room R7060
Double Room R9410

Family Suite

Single Room R12030
Double Room R12030

Makakatana Bay Specials

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2019-02-09

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2019-01-12

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2018-10-24

I enjoyed the lodge setting in a dune forest that is frequented by friendly warthog, red dyker, nyala, bush babies, birds and hippo, such a beautuful sight.

I had a great relaxing time.

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2018-10-09

Chez and I had an unforgettable KwaZulu-Natal safari experience, we had a comfortable suite & enjoyed excellent service.

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2018-06-10

GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -28.238569

Longitude: 32.419160

Directions

The Makakatana Bay Lodge is on Lake St Lucia, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal.

Heading North on the N2:

On the N2 from Durban and King Shaka International Airport, head North, pass Empangeni/Richards Bay turnoffs, pass Mtubatuba / St Lucia turn off and keep on the N2 heading North for approximately 20Km.

Heading South on the N2:

from Gauteng, head South, pass Pongola and Mkuze pass the Hluhluwe turnoff & head south for about another 25 / 30Km - pass the Nyalazi River sign and then.
Lookout for the Charters Creek/ Makakatana turn-off. Follow the tar road for approximately 14Km and keep going straight onto the dirt road towards Charters Creek. About 1Km along the dirt road take the right fork at the Makakatana sign. Keep on the dirt road and follow the signs for another 4Km.

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

4 Star

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