Makakatana Bay Lodge

KwaZulu Natal

Rooms: 8: 1 honeymoon suite with extra single bed, 2 king suites, 3 twin suites; all with en-suite bath and outside shower. 2 new family rooms were added in August 2016: sleeping 4 people, 1 king bed and 2 singles in interlinking rooms. Bathroom has indoor shower and an outdoor bath and shower.

Prices: R3,600 DBB - R4,600 FB pp sharing, honeymoon suite R4,200 - R5,000 pp sharing. Singles R5,400 - R6,900, children (aged 6-12) R1,950 - R2,300 sharing with parents. All meals and in-house activities included. Drinks for own account.
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Meals: Fully inclusive of all meals and safaris.

Directions: N2 north from Durban for 250km to P380 turn off. Follow road for +/- 15km to iSimangaliso Nhlozi entry gate. From St Lucia - 4km to Dukuduku entry gate. N.B. iSimangaliso Park gate fees apply (CASH ONLY) - R55 per vehicle / R45 per Adult / R35 per child under 12 plus R7 per night community levy. Entry times: summer: Nov – March 05h00 am to 19h00 pm; winter: April to Oct 06h00am – 18h00 pm. Late entries need authorisation and only allowed through NHLOZI gate.

GPS: 28.23845o S 32.41926o E

Hugh and Leigh-Ann Morrison
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal

Tel: (0)35-550-4189
Cell: (0)82-573-5641
Fax: (0)35-550-4198
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Makakatana Bay Lodge is sensational and I can do little to improve on these photos, which do not lie: the gleaming wooden interiors; the bedrooms (including the wonderful honeymoon suite), connected by walkways through the forest, with their gargantuan slabs of glass and warm, earthy African colours; the pool encased in decking and raised above the grasses of the wetlands; the lake itself and the extraordinary St Lucia Estuary & lake system. Guests are taken on drives and boat safaris on the lodge's private boat, exploring the wetlands to search for birds (360 species), crocodiles and hippos. You can also be taken on safaris to the beach for snorkelling and swimming or out on a game drive within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park before returning to a sumptuous dinner with your hosts in the outdoor boma. Safari drives to Hluhluwe Game Reserve are also available if you have a hankering to see the Big 5. The family’s old ‘Crab House’ is the only part of the lodge not raised above the tall grasses. This was once a storeroom for crabs caught in the lake, now a wine cellar with a giant tree growing out of its roof. Huge sliding doors throughout the lodge open onto wooden decks, and the absence of railings just adds to the feeling of openness to nature. The lodge is beautifully welded to its environment. An absolute treat.iSimangaliso gate fees apply: See details in directions.Children over 6 welcome.

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Makakatana Bay Lodge
Makakatana Bay Lodge - Room 5
Makakatana Room Shower
Makakatana Bay - Lake St Lucia KZN
Makakatana Bay Lodge - Room 6 Honeymoon suite
Makakatana's Private Boat
Arial view over Makakatana Bay Lodge
New Family room at Makakatana - Sleeps 4.
Makakatana pool

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What to Do in the Area


1 June 2012- 30 November 2012
An awesome 2 hour Deepsea experience to see these huge mammals from as close as 50m!
Whales seen are: Humbacked, whaleshark, southern right.
There is also the chance of seeing Dolphins swimming along the shore lines too.