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Makakatana Bay Lodge


In the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Makakatana Bay Lodge is located right on St Lucia Lake. Find your second home in the idyllic landscape amongst the friendly wildlife. 


  • Only private lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • 6 rooms run individually by the owners to guarantee a memorable stay
  • Unique safaris: private boat tour in the protected area of the tidal lakes
  • Selected safaris and other excursions included
  • Mangrove lined water landscapes with hippos, crocodiles and rich birdlife



Nestled in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, come discover the little paradise, Makakatana Bay Lodge. Lying on the edge of St. Lucia Lake, it is about 240km from Durban. For over 100 years, the estate has been owned by the Morrison family and offers guests the South African comfort and unparalleled nature experiences at their private lodge.

The Makakatana Bay Lodge is a proud member of the 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. The lake and adjacent coastal areas were also declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1999. Plan your next holiday at the incredible Makakatana Bay Lodge for the most unique South African experience!

The Hotel

Guests of the Makakatana Bay Lodge can expect plenty of wonderful experiences whilst staying at their “second home.” It is the only private lodge amidst a vast nature reserve on the shores of Africa’s largest tidal lake areas. From here, you can venture through 25,000-year-old forested dunes, which are amongst the highest in the world. Your stay with Makakatana Bay Lodge offers luxury combined with attractions that you will not find anywhere else. For example, discover the exclusive boat safari through iSimangaliso Wetland Park and see the hippopotamuses, crocodiles, waterbucks, reedbucks, Kudus and more than 500 species of birds. Explore the natural surroundings with an experienced ranger in an open vehicle for a closer land adventure.

If you are looking for a more relaxed adventure, grab a picnic basket and head down to the breathtaking beaches of Makakatana Bay. Swim or dive in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean while you enjoy a cozy picnic on a heavenly beach. 

The Rooms

Each of the 6 suites has a separate bathroom with shower and toilet, an outdoor shower, and a private terrace with a unique view of the incomparable atmosphere. The bright chalets are beautifully decorated in a modern, African style and are equipped with a telephone, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning and heating. Large windows and terrace doors, as well as mosquito gauze screen doors, open onto the patios to skillfully combine luxury and integration with the environment. Three of the suites are set in the dune forest and are frequently visited by friendly warthogs, red duiker, nyala, bush babies, birds and hippos.

Services and Infos

Closest city: Richards Bay

Flight duration from Frankfurt: around 12 hours

Closest airport: Durban - 250 km

Rooms: 6


  •  Overnight stay including full board and activities in the double room


  •  International flights *  Meals and drinks not mentioned
  •  Personal expenses, such as the minibar and tips
  •  Insurance
  •  Visa, if required


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