Makakatana Bay Lodge

  • The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park
    This World Heritage Site certainly lives up to its stature.
  • Environmental Integration
    The rooms at Makakatana are the perfect blend of luxury combined with a rustic, relaxed feel which perfectly complements the surrounding area.
  • An Exclusive Hideaway
    A maximum of 12 guests ensures a private and wonderful experience.
  • A Wealth of Safaris and Activities
    Boat trips, wetland explorations, scuba diving, fly and deep sea fishing, turtle tours, whale watching, horse safaris, beach safaris – there is something to suite everyone’s tastes.
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General Information

Makakatana Bay Lodge is a four star luxury lodge in St Lucia, Kwa-Zulu Natal. It is within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the heart of Africa’s largest estuary.

Enjoy an unforgettable Zululand safari experience with the luxury game viewing suites coupled with superb service. There is an intimate number of 6 exquisite suites. 3 are set in a dune forest and are often frequented by warthog, nyala and even hippo, 1 has a room view onto a vlei and the other has a view of the bush onto the lake. For honeymooners, the Honeymoon suite is a private and romantic haven that includes a private viewing deck, large windows and elegant décor.

  • Private personal service
  • Private bush pool on lakes edge
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Dining room
  • Outdoor dining deck
  • Boma
  • Wine cellar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private dining on request

Makakatana Bay Lodge is situated within the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park Reserve, North Coast, KwaZulu Natal.


Guests are accommodated in 6 bright and spacious rooms. Three luxury game viewing rooms are set in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red dyker, nyala, bush babies, birds and hippo. Two of the luxury game viewing rooms have stunning views onto the lake and water pans, while the popular opulent honeymoon suite has an incredible view over a wetland vlei. Large windows and terrace doors open onto private viewing decks, skillfully combining luxury and integration with the environment. There is also an additional outside shower under the stars for the more adventurous who want to shower closer to nature.


With such wide range of activities on offer you will find yourself spoilt for choice and wishing you had more time. Activities are based mainly around the water and include boat trips and wetland explorations, a hippo-crocodile safari drive, whale watching, turtle tours, scuba diving and snorkeling, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, beach safaris, horse safaris and bird watching safaris. There is also the St Lucia Crocodile Centre, the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Big Five Game Reserve, the Zulu Cultural Village with Zulu basket weavers and for those who love the thrill of game viewing from the skies there is the chance to go on an airflip.

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