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Makakatana Bay Lodge

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- Luxury Lodge in iSimangaliso Wetlands
- See Hippos and Crocodiles
- Game Drives to Beach
- Lovely Pool & Deck

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The iSimangaliso Wetland park World Heritage Site is one of the few natural wonders left on earth where there are unspoiled wilderness beaches, vast wetlands and game reserves all combined into one reserve. Makakatana Bay Lodge is a 4 Star property which is privately set in a dune forest, where it is hidden just meters away from the waters edge of the banks of the Lake St Lucia

Communal areas include an outdoor dining deck, boma for bush dinners and swimming pool. Guests are accommodated in 6 bright and spacious suites. Three of these are set in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red duiker, nyala, bush babies, birds and hippo! One room has a view out through the bush onto a vlei and the other has a view through the bush onto the Lake. The Honeymoon suite is situated privately with views out onto a vlei. Large windows and terrace doors as well as mosquito gauze screen doors slide open onto private viewing decks, skilfully combining luxury and integration with the environment.

For guests staying 2-3 nights safari activities are included with typically a full day safaris exploring the wetlands by boat on one day and a second day exploring the coastline. Within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park the animals found include: Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Leopard, Hyena, Wildebeest, Zebra, Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodile and many other types of antelope.

Makakatana accepts children aged 6 and over (younger on request)

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Thank you, we had an absolute wonderful time, and everything was well-planned and as described. Carla was crying on the day of our departure from Ants Nest, she didn’t want to go home and for it all to end, and when I asked how much longer she would want to stay, she responded “four weeks”

    MissingLars B reviewing Best of South Africa for Families on 01 March 2024

  • It was certainly a holiday of a lifetime for us and we loved every minute!! The standard and location of each accommodation was excellent, as was the variety of each different accommodation type. Our schedule was perfect and we managed to achieve everything on our to-do task list. Your documents were also really helpful, as were the driving directions. We all thank you for making this such a wonderful holiday. Happy to leave a review publicly if you point me the right way. Best Steve

    MissingStephen H reviewing Classic Garden Route & Eastern Cape Safari on 01 September 2023

  • Hi Lisa, We had a fabulous time thank you. The accommodation and other ideation were all terrific - that’s so much for your help. The apartment in Cape Town was particularly good - we would never have found that: Boschendal was great as well and game lodge was superb. Thanks again, Alistair

    MissingAlistair A reviewing Cape Town, Garden Route and Kruger on 28 April 2023

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