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Boutique Lodge - South Africa

Makakatana Bay Lodge


  • The only private lodge inside the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Only six rooms and privately managed by the owners - a guaranteed unforgettable stay

  • Unique safaris: private boat tour in the protected area of the tidal lakes

  • Selected safaris and other excursions

  • Mangroves, hippos, crocodiles, and a species-rich birdlife


Located in the heart of UNESCO World Heritage Site, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, directly on the St. Lucia Lake. Here you will find a second home.



  1. South Africa
  2. KwaZulu Natal

A small paradise in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is Makakatana Bay Lodge. It is located on the edge of Lake St. Lucia, about 240 km from Durban. For more than 100 years, the estate has been owned by the Morrison family. The private lodge offers its guests South African comfort and incomparable nature experiences.


Makakatana Bay Lodge is a proud member of Classic Safari Camps of Africa, an association of independent, privately run camps and lodges in some of the most impressive wildlife areas of southern and eastern Africa.

A whole host of wonderful experiences await you at Makakatana Bay Lodge. It is the only private lodge in the middle of a huge nature reserve and located on the shore of Africa's largest tidal lake area. From here, you can visit the nearby 25,000 year old forested dunes, which are among the highest in the world.

"Off the beaten path" - that's how you can describe a visit to Makakatana Bay Lodge, because this luxury lodge offers attractions you won't find anywhere else. For example, take a boat safari in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park through a section to which only Makakatana Bay Lodge’s boats have access. Hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks, reedbucks, kudus, and a birdlife of more than 500 species populate the nature along the banks. During the wildlife observation drives in open jeeps, the experienced rangers track a variety of big and small game.

Or take a picnic basket to the beaches of Makakatana Bay. Swim or dive in the warm tides of the Indian Ocean and enjoy a cozy picnic on the paradisiacal beach sand.

Each of the six rooms has a separate bathroom with shower and toilet, an outdoor shower, and a private terrace from which you will have a wonderful view. The bright chalets are beautifully decorated in a modern African style and are equipped with telephone, minibar, coffee/tea maker, air conditioning, and heating

Standard Room - with a private veranda.

Family Room - with one king-size bed and two twin beds. These rooms offer space for the whole family.


Honeymoon Room - with an outdoor rain shower and a private veranda This room is the ideal retreat for lovers.

Closest city: Richards Bay

Closest airport: King Shaka International Airport

Number of rooms: 6


  • 1 overnight stay including full board in the Standard Room


  • International flights
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services
  • Personal expenses, such as minibar and tips
  • Insurance
  • Visa

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