Kwazulu Natal » iSimangaliso Wetland Park » Makakatana Bay


LOCATIONIsimangaliso Wetland Park,KZNPOOLYes
CHILD POLICYWe welcome children 6 - 12 years of age.MALARIALow Risk

  • Makakatana Bay Lodge which is perfectly positioned on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is in a world of its own giving guests the opportunity to experience unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands & wildlife through their various tailor made activities.
  • Each room is surrounded by bush providing privacy and intimacy however, guests can expect frequent visits from warthogs, red duikers, nyalas, bush babies, and a variety of bird life which can be viewed from your very own deck.
  • The 328'000 hectare reserve was South Africa’s first world heritage site and encompasses 5 five major ecological zones. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has an impressive list of 526 bird species. 

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01 May - 30 June 2019 Standard Room R 3,320 per person per night sharing half board - special rate for advance bookings includes dinner, bed & breakfast
Standard Room R 4,240 per person per night sharing full board - special rate for advance bookings
(see inclusions below)
01 July - 31 December 2019 Standard Room R 3,966 per person per night sharing half board - special rate for advance bookings includes dinner, bed & breakfast
Standard Room R 4,980 per person per night sharing full board - special rate for advance bookings
(see inclusions below)
*surcharges may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

Special discounted rates valid 01 May to 30 June 2019:
HONEYMOON SUITES: – Maximum of 2 adults.
R 4,610 per person per night sharing (full board - special rate for advance bookings)
FAMILY ROOM: – Maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12
R 5,350 per person per night sharing (full board - special rate for advance bookings)

Special discounted rates valid 01 July to 31 December 2019:
HONEYMOON SUITES: – Maximum of 2 adults.
R 5,534 per person per night sharing (full board - special rate for advance bookings)
FAMILY ROOM: – Maximum of 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 12
R 6,365 per person per night sharing (full board - special rate for advance bookings)
• Accommodation
• All Meals, teas & coffees
• All local minerals, beers and house wines (excludes spirits)
• Afternoon game drive on day of arrival
• Boat Activity & Wetland with picnic lunch (1st full day activity)
• Beach and Eastern Shores with picnic lunch (2nd full day activity)
• Hluhluwe or Western shores with brunch (3rd full day activity)
• Morning game drive on day of departure
* Guests must please advise lodge in advance of preferred activity if only in for 2 nights or the boat activity will be scheduled.

• There will be a supplement of 50% on the per person sharing rate for single accommodation in a standard room.
• Children under the age of 6 are booked subject to special consent of owners, or if there is a group family booking and are to be under supervision of their parents at all times.
• Children from 6 - 12 years will pay 50% of the adult rate when sharing with parents (2 x full paying adults).
• The standard rooms can accommodate a maximum of one extra person sharing with adults.
• A child sharing with 1 single Adult. The Adult will be charged a single rate and the child will pay the applicable child rate.
• Children occupying their own room will be charged the applicable adult rate.
• Parents to sign child indemnities & child policy prior to arrival at lodge.

Kiddies Menu
• There is a Kiddies Menu but we do require that we are informed in advance of any child food requirements so that this can be confirmed with the chef upon arrival.
• We regret that children aged 6 and younger are not permitted to dine in the boma.
• Children 6 years and younger - dinner time is at 18h00 and is served in the main lodge dining area.
• Should parents wish to dine with their children, parents are to advise of the time they would like to eat and a table will be set in the main building for the family.
• Children’s meal times must be supervised by parents.
• If children eat earlier and parents wish to dine at 7pm in the boma with other guests, please advise reception on check-in so that a baby sitter can be arranged in advance.
• We regret that children 6 years and younger are not permitted on the safari drives and recommend that families who book at Makakatana book on the Dinner, Bed & Breakfast basis which allows guests to do self drives in the park.
Baby Sitting
• Please advise 24 hours in advance if a baby sitter is needed. The babysitter’s rate is R150 an hour, subject to change.
• If parents would like to book full day safaris or morning or afternoon game drives, baby sitters must be booked in advance prior to arrival.
• Whale Watching
• Deepsea fishing
• Horse riding
• Dumazulu Cultural Village
• Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to South African Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents are available on request.
• Park Fees must be paid in cash at the gate. Rates are subject to change without prior notice:
• R 51 per adult per adult per stay / R 37 per child per stay and R 61 per Vehicle
• R 5 per person for Community Levy per day / R 8 Overnight accommodation

Transfers can be booked with Makakatana. These rates are subject to change without any prior notice and Makakatana will not be held liable for transfer changes. Prices are per vehicle – max 4 pax.
Transfers booked with Makakatana –iSimangaliso park entry fees will be paid by Makakatana.
Transfers booked by outside companies will be charged Park entry fees at the gate.
The driver of the transfer company will be charged an entry fee and a vehicle fee in cash.
Durban (3h00) R 5,000 (2019)
Phinda / Thanda / Richards Bay (1h30) R 3,000 (2019)
Amakhosi / Thonga Beach / Rocktail (3h00) R 5,200 (2019)
Manguzi – Mozambique Border (3h00) R 5,200 (2019)
St Lucia/ Mtubatuba (35 min) R 800 (2019)
St Lucia (After hours, via Nhlozi gate) R 1,700 (2019)
Afterhours surcharge R 500

2 & a half hour drive from Durban or King Shaka International Airport 
6 & a half our drive from Gauteng

5 x Standard Rooms
2 x Family Rooms
1 x Honeymoon Suite

Found in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the banks of Lake St Lucia, Makakatana Bay is a wetland & wildlife paradise. 
Enjoy the serenity and beauty of unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, game drives around the reserve and an illustrious boat cruise on the estuary. Makakatana focuses on showing off the unique & pristine wilderness of the reserve with the addition to a luxurious safari holiday.
The main area of the lodge has a communal area with personal service designed for relaxation & comfort. The main lodge is where all meals are served either upon a raised deck wrapping around the lodge or the eccentric boma illustrating 'shabeen chic'.
The lodge boasts a bar, a nearby wine cellar which is more commonly known as the 'Old Crab House' as well as a nearby private bush pool on the edge of Lake St Lucia. 

The Accommodation
There are five standard rooms three of which are twin rooms & two of which are double rooms. Each room features a an outdoor bath & shower, balcony, aircon and mini bar.

The family rooms are perfect for four guests with 1 double bed and two single beds in the second inter-leading bedroom. With an outdoor shower and bath guests can experience the bush in an ultra luxurious manner. 
The honeymoon suite overlooks an open field where animals such as  warthogs, red duikers, nyalas, bush babies, and a variety of bird life. This suite features an outdoor shower, mini bar and is fully air-conditoned. 
Experiences at Makakatana Bay
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park known for the abundance of wildlife in the reserve and within Lake St Lucia. Each guests stay at Makakatana Bay is designed around exploring the amazing sanctuary on an open game drive vehicle or on the private pontoon boat.

Makakatana Bay is a short drive from Durban and Richard’s Bay therefore once guests are settled into their rooms, an afternoon game drive is offered with experienced guides, followed by a delicious dinner & an evening under the stars.

Take an exceptional cruise along Lake St. Lucia which has become a firm favourite at Makakatana as it allows guests to experience the wildlife from a totally new perspective. Here guests can watch the resident hippo performance or set your binoculars on the reed birds whilst enjoying the gentle breeze as you learn about the lake from expert guides.

Dip your feet in the warm Indian Ocean at one the most pristine coastlines in South Africa. The beach safari offered by the lodge includes a game drive from the western shores through to the eastern shores, allowing guests to explore this amazing World Heritage Site. Here one can spot a breaching whale, a pod of dolphins as well as rhino & buffalo.
Head out on a full day trip to the famous Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Big Five Game Reserve at the crack of dawn which is just a 75 minute drive away.

One can end the day with a spectacular night drive looking at the stars and searching for the leopard, hyena, porcupine and other nocturnal animals.

Additional activities (available on request & at an additional charge):
Whale Watching
Deepsea fishing 
Horse riding  
Dumazulu Cultural Village
Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre 

Aircon & fan
Separate Bathroom & Toilet
Outside Shower & Bath
Dressing Table
Tea & Coffee making facilities 
Inside shower, outside shower & bath.

Laundry Service 
Mobile Connectivity

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a huge protected area along the coast of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province. The park’s centrepiece is the vast Lake St. Lucia, home to large numbers of hippos, crocodiles, pelicans and flamingos. Elephants, giraffes and leopards inhabit the grasslands and forests of the nearby Western Shores and Charters Creek areas. To the north, Sodwana Bay is known for its colourful coral reefs . The word isimangaliso means "a miracle" or "something wondrous" in Zulu .


From Durban/King Shaka International Airport (2h30 drive)
  • Head north on the N2
  • Pass Empangeni/Richards Bay turnoffs
  • Pass Mtubatuba / St Lucia turnoff and keep on the N2 heading North for approximately 20Km.
From Gauteng (6h30 Drive)
  • Head South on the N2
  • Pass Pongola and Mkuze
  • Pass the Hluhluwe turnoff & head south for about another 25 / 30Km
  • Pass the Nyalazi River sign.
  • Take the P380 / iSimangaliso Nhlozi gate 11 turnoff and continue for 16 km to the Park Gate.
  • Follow signs to Lodge +/- 8km.
  • Follow the tar road for approximately 14Km and keep going straight onto the dirt road towards Charters Creek.
  • About 1Km along the dirt road take the right fork at the Makakatana sign.
  • Keep on the dirt road and follow the signs for another 4Km.

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