Makakanta Bay Lodge Lake St. Lucia Isimangaliso KZN

MAKAKANTA BAY LODGE, LAKE ST LUCIA, ISIMANGALISO WETLAND PARK WORLD HERITAGE SITE Experience unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, game drives, estuary boat cruises
Endless views, incredible birding, hippo & crocodile sightings, wildlife experiences

Makakatana Bay Lodge is set on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, one of the few natural wonders left on earth. Experience the magic and wonder of unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, game drives, and an unforgettable boat cruise on Lake St Lucia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This sacred family owned and run Lodge is situated on the western shores of Lake St Lucia, in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal. You will get to experiece the home to more than 1000 hippo and 1200 crocodile on our personalized adventure filled safaris exploring this treasured park. Our passionate rangers take you on full-day safaris to explore the Wetlands, coastal dune forests, pristine beaches seeking out wildlife and over 500 bird species.

The main lodge is the heart of Makakatana, a communal area with personal service designed for relaxation and comfort. All game drives leave from the main lodge, and all meals are served on either the raised deck wrapping around the lodge, or at the boma alongside. The lodge has a bar, a nearby wine cellar (affectionately called the old crab house) and a nearby private bush pool on the edge of Lake St Lucia.

Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of our spacious rooms, set on raised decks within the wilderness of the game park. The Standard Rooms at Makakatana are available in either Double or Twin configurations, and are equipped with a private viewing deck, en-suite bathroom, spacious outdoor shower and bath, mini-bar, tea and coffee facilities, telephones, and air-conditioning. The two Family Rooms both sleep a maximum of 4 guests each. The main room has a king bed, and the interleading room has two twin beds. There is a spacious indoor bathroom with a shower that opens onto an outdoor bathroom  with a bath and outside shower. The Honeymoon Room is situated privately with views out onto the vlei. Romantic and intimate, the room is the perfect retreat after a day spent in the bush or exploring the magnificent area. The room has a romantic outdoor shower, as well as a bath fit for two. The private deck is also suitable for private dining, which can be arranged with the lodge manager.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to vibrant wildlife in the game reserve, within Lake St. Lucia’s estuary and the glorious coastal beaches on the eastern shores of the park. Your stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge is designed around exploring this amazing sanctuary on an open game drive vehicle, on our private pontoon boat, and with your feet in the warm Indian Ocean. We have put together experiences that we will share with you when you stay with us at Makakatana.

Full Day Trip: Cruise on Lake St. Lucia
Our cruise along the narrows of Lake St. Lucia is a firm favourite, allowing our guests to experience the wildlife from a totally new perspective. Watch the resident hippo perform, set your binoculars on the reed birds, and enjoy the gentle breeze as you learn about the lake from our expert guides.

Full Day Trip: Beach and Bush
Dip your feet in the warm Indian Ocean at one of the most pristine coastlines in South Africa. Our beach safari includes a game drive from the western shores through to the eastern shores, allowing you to explore this amazing World Heritage Site. Where else could you spot a breaching whale, a pod of dolphins, rhino and buffalo on one trip?

Full Day Trip: Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
The early bird catches the worm. We depart at the crack of dawn, and head to the famous Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Big Five game reserve, 75 minutes away.

Full Day Trip: Tailor-Made Day
Enjoy a morning wetland game drive, relax at the lodge pool for the day listening to birds and waiting for the elements of nature to present themselves to you. End the day with a spectacular night drive looking at the stars and searching for the leopard, hyena, porcupine and other nocturnal animals. Or repeat any of our other full-day safaris.


LIMITED SPECIALS
  for SOUTH AFRICAN GUESTS        

16 JAN – 31 MARCH 2022
FULL BOARD SPECIALS
PRICE PER PERSON or PER ROOM
Standard room – per person sharing  R         3 795,00 Per person
Standard room – per single person  R         5 692,50 Per person
Standard room – 3rd adult sharing on sleeper couch  R         2 846.25 Per person
Child 0-12 years sharing with 2 adults in Standard Room  R         1 897.50 Per person
Honeymoon suite  R    on enquiry Per Room
Family room (2 adults + 2 children)  R    on enquiry Per Room
Family room (3 adults + 1 child)  R    on enquiry Per Room
Family room (4 adults)  R    on enquiry Per Room

INCLUDES:
• All Meals, teas & coffees
• 1 wetland drive per day

 

16 JAN – 31 MARCH 2022
FULL BOARD + SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES SPECIALS
PRICE PER PERSON or PER ROOM
Standard room – per person sharing  R         5 005,00 Per person
Standard room – per single person  R         7 507.50 Per person
Standard room – 3rd adult sharing on sleeper couch  R         3 753.75 Per person
Child 0-12 years sharing with 2 adults in Standard Room  R         2 502.50 Per person
Honeymoon suite  R    on enquiry Per Room
Family room (2 adults + 2 children)  R    on enquiry Per Room
Family room (3 adults + 1 child)  R    on enquiry Per Room
Family room (4 adults)  R    on enquiry Per Room

INCLUDES:
• All Meals, teas & coffees
• Full day activities

EXCLUDES:
• All drinks
• Laundry
• iSimangaliso Park entry fees (to be paid in cash at the entrance gate).
• Curio shop purchases
• Conservation Levy – R80 per adult per day / R40 per child per day
• Gratuities
• Outsourced Activities

Groups of 6 or more qualify for an additional discount! 

Note:
• Full day activities are not offered as extra options to book on a one night stay.
• Activity times may change subject to the seasons/weather.
• Please advise in advance of what full day activity to be booked.
• Refunds or replacement activities are not offered if guests arrive late or miss activities.

ROOMS   SLEEPS BEDS EXTRA BEDS
ROOM 1, 2, 3 TWIN 2 2 x sgl 1 Day bed for 3rd person
ROOM 4, 5 DOUBLE 2 1 King 1 Day bed for 3rd person
HONEYMOON SUITE DOUBLE 2 1 King 1 Day bed for 3rd person
BUKELA FAMILY ROOM DOUBLE & TWIN 4 1 King / 2 x single  
JABULANI FAMILY ROOM DOUBLE & TWIN 4 1 King / 2 x single  

Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. E&OE.