Stayed here for three nights last September with a group in two suites. The lodge is located in a secluded area of the St. Lucia Wetland Park (also called Simangaliso), within an amazing setting of free standing suites scattered through a forest at the edge of Lake St. Lucia.
The rooms, food and facilities here are just great. Waking in the mornings, we could see reedbuck and impala grazing right out the window from our bed. A short walk out to the lakeshore and you could watch flocks of birds while examining the tracks of hippo and other wildlife that pass by the lodge. Breakfast on the deck and dinner with a fire in the boma were first class events and included visits by birds, monkeys and even bush babies.
The safari guides were experienced and professional, and the lodge's exclusive access to certain areas of the park meant we were the only ones for miles around to enjoy wildlife including giraffe, wildebeast, zebra, various antelope and, of course, the hippos. The friendly service by the staff was top notch and, along with the location, really set this place apart. On the last day, the owner even sat down and shared breakfast with us, and then walked me out to the edge of the property to give me a close up look at a python he had seen going by!
A real adventure in a totally unique place. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone from couples to families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Makakatana Bay Lodge is the only privately owned lodge set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, SA within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park world heritage site. It is 3 hours drive North of Durban & easy driving.The Lodge has 6 rooms with only 12 guests, offering guests privacy & intimacy during their stay at Makakatana. The full day boat safari is the benchmark activity offered at the lodge where guests are take on a private boat to experience the Estuary seeking out hippo, crocodile & incredible birdlife. After the boat trip guests enjoy a picnic lunch & game drive enroute home.The other activity that is a must is the Beach safari & exploration of the Eastern shores reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makakatana Bay Lodge South Africa/KwaZulu-Natal