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Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were so sad to leave Makakatana Bay Lodge yesterday ! The beach trip with Michael was great .Such an unspoilt ,secluded spot,crystal clear water,pristine beach- we feel priviledged to have been there. And then the Boat trip with Johan, Tristen and Warwick - despite the (much needed) rain - it was also a great experience. A special thank you...

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We spent two nights at Makakatana and had a spectactular stay. Very friendly hosts, great meals including outside dinners at a campfire. Individual cottages all connected by a boardwalk with fantastic view. Antelopes would pass by when we were sitting on the veranda. Ranger Johann guided us on an afternoon and a wetland tour. Spectacular sightings of wildlife: giraffes, zebras,...

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Westbrook Beach
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From arrival to departure we were treated like royalty. Stephanie with the welcoming drinks and service of very tasty food by an excellent chef is a real gem. A big THANK YOU to Monique who has organised a special 60th birthday for Johann - a memory always to be cherished. Michael Botes is one of the best game rangers we...

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful feedback I am so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we made Johann's Birthday Special. It is always so lovely to hear good feedback on our staff as we all strive to be the best we can in order to make your stay special. Michael is a wonderful ranger...

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The room was perfect... the activities were really nice... great ranger !!! helpful and with a great knowledge of nature... The breakfast were really nice... the only hiccup was dinner... the food was not at the level of the rest of that really great place... A better chef and wines would make this place the top ! But we really...

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Makakatana L, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and for staying at Makakatana. I immediately had a meeting about the food and we are relooking at the menu and will be making some changes. I am also getting in a consultant to come in assess the menu. If you wouldn't mind emailing the lodge and giving me specifics regarding the food, it would be...

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Thank you all at Makakatana Bay Lodge for giving us a fantastic stay and giving us a Christmas with some very special memories. The game drives were brilliant and the trip to the beach a real highlight despite the early start. Thank you again I would love to return to see iSimangaliso when the drought has broken and it is...

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful feedback I am so happy that you enjoyed your Christmas with us and have made some special memories. We look forward to welcoming you back one day. All the best for the new year Kind Regards Hannah

Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We stayed here at the end of our safaris, and I thought I was out-safaried by the time I got here. However the lodge was amazing and way beyond my expectations! I had booked here for the wetlands safari -- hippos, crocodiles, birds etc. I hadn't realized they also have grasslands safaris -- we saw lots of elephants, giraffes and...

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Makakatana L, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful comments. I can really sense that you are connected to nature and loved all the small, fascinating things that we focus on in this beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Thank you for staying with us and please come and visit us again in the future. Kind regards, Leigh-Ann Morrison

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 19 December 2016

You guys made my birthday. First from the game drive with Michael - and seeing a Leopard was a cherry on top, to an absolutely stunning dinner in the room. You made my year! The friendliness of your staff is invaluable.

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Leigh-Ann M, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you loved your birthday at Makakatana! Birthdays are special and our team are so happy to hear that they made you happy!

Franschhoek, South Africa
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were sorry to only have one night to stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge en-route to northern Kwazulu Natal, though we have stayed there before, and had good memories of our last stay. The accommodation was very comfortable and our tour of the reserve was inspiring with excellent sightings of elephants, warthogs, several varieties of buck and some exquisite birds....

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful feedback and allowing us to welcome you back. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tours with Johan your Ranger and had some good laughs and sitings. Kind Regards Hannah

Wilmslow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 September 2016

We stayed at this lodge for 2 nights and it was really great. The lodge only has 6 rooms which gives it a nice family feel to it. The service is amazing and the food was great too. The rooms are really nice. We had the honeymoon suite and it has a great view out onto a clearing where you...

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Makakatana L, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments and thank you for choosing to stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge! We hope you do come back to visit us again. Kind regards, Leigh-Ann

tring
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We had a super 3 night stay here. The room was very slick and modern with a stunning outside bath and shower, and a separate area with a bed for our young daughter complete with a sliding door which gave us all our own space. The reserve is bursting with animals - one evening we had two warthogs and a...

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Leigh-Ann M, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your response, it is most appreciated and what a lovely description. Warrwick is a real Gem and we are so glad that you enjoyed him so much! Kind regards, Leigh-Ann

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Makakatana Bay Lodge

Address: Lot 3 Makakatana | Western Shores Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park 3935, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Price Range: $818 - $991 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Makakatana Bay Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“Honey moon suite was perfect !”
 of 5 bubbles fran_oisev59, 19 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Try to get the room closest to the lake - the views from there are beautiful.”
 of 5 bubbles FelicityJohannesburg, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Honeymoon suite was brilliant”
 of 5 bubbles , 11 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms have stunning views and are separated from each other. The honeymoon suite is beautiful. Two new family suites. 7 in all.”
 of 5 bubbles GardnerCustomSafaris, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Honeymoon suite superb, secluded and has uninterrupted views of the bush and wonderful sightings for game.”
 of 5 bubbles louisea591, 18 Mar 2016 | Read review
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