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Lot 3 Makakatana Western Shores Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park 3935 South Africa See on map
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Breakfast included
Air Conditioning
Non-Smoking Hotel
4 Star accommodation
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Makakatana Bay Lodge is the only privately owned lodge set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, SA within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park world heritage site. It is 3 hours drive North of Durban & easy More driving.The Lodge has 6 rooms with only 12 guests, offering guests privacy & intimacy during their stay at Makakatana. The full day boat safari is the benchmark activity offered at the lodge where guests are take on a private boat to experience the Estuary seeking out hippo, crocodile & incredible birdlife. After the boat trip guests enjoy a picnic lunch & game drive enroute home.The other activity that is a must is the Beach safari & exploration of the Eastern shores reserve. Less
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Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast included
Air Conditioning
Dry Cleaning
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Non-Smoking Hotel
Outdoor pool
Wheelchair Access
Room Service
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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Certificate of Excellence
Certificate of Excellence
Room types
Non-Smoking Rooms, Suites, Family Rooms
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Certificate of Excellence
Room types
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US$543 - US$766 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > iSimangaliso Wetland Park
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommended and a most enjoyable. Has very personalised service which allows you to have your private game drives or interact with various international guests if you wish. You definitely feel rejuvenated after your stay.

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Response from Makakatana L, Owner at Makakatana Bay LodgeResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback! Great to hear you have rejuvenated in this #iSimangaliso World Heritage Site! Kind regards, Leigh-Ann

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here many years ago, and happy to be back. Warm welcoming, friendly staff. Bongani was always ready to take my calls, before we arrived, and give me so much information and assistance, and on arrival, Karen and her team ensured that we had all...More

Thank Helen M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The lodge was very nice. The food was very good. The service was excellent. The guide for our safaris, Jondre, was particularly good, knowledgeable, attentive and efficient. Our only issues was that the rural setting and somewhat spartan accommodations and facilities do not seem to...More

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Reviewed 15 August 2018

We stayed 2 nights at the Makakatana Bay Lodge - a place with a very long history. They are uniquely positioned within the Wetlands because of that (there are no others !). The drive to the lodge is easy, and fun, and already offers a...More

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Response from Leigh-Ann M, Owner at Makakatana Bay LodgeResponded 19 August 2018

Oh wow!! What great comments! Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. It is most appreciated and we do hope you return.

Reviewed 14 July 2018

We loved our four nights at Makakatana Bay Lodge. Here are some of the things we liked best, followed by some tips that might be useful in planning a visit. Above all, we enjoyed the peaceful, secluded atmosphere of this lovely boutique lodge. It would...More

2  Thank CoralReef
Response from Leigh-Ann M, Owner at Makakatana Bay LodgeResponded 18 July 2018

Thank you for your response and comments.

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25 January 2018|
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Response from Seanthesheep | Reviewed this property |
We booked through our local travel agent
9 August 2017|
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Response from Makakatana L | Property representative |
Hi, We are on Lake St Lucia (lots of hippo and crocodile) but do day trips to the beach. We offer a wonderful combination of safari experiences within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site which includes the... More
11 January 2017|
Response from Makakatana L | Property representative |
Hi Alta, We offer beach safaris which includes snorkelling. We do not to dolphin tours unfortuantely. Kind regards, Leigh-Ann
Room Tips
"The family room with huge bed and separate twin room is great. To have indoor and outdoor showers is bliss.."
1 Mar 2018
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"They have one "family suite" that looks like it could sleep 6."
19 Dec 2017
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"Other rooms seemed better decorated than ours..."
23 Nov 2017
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"Honeymoon suite is amazing but all the rooms are great!"
12 Nov 2017
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