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stroud United King
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Best food we had in South Africa. Lovely location and good staff. Really good wildlife viewing and great expeditions. Rooms were really nice although needed a little attention (gap half an inch wide in the "mosquito proof" doors). Staff lovely although the owner's people skills need some work

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

spent the last 4 nights at Makakatana - what a wonderful place! Service is top notch - the whole team really do take wonderful care of you and the food is very good. we did all the activities we could (boat trip, beach trip, night drive, big 5 safari day) and highly recommend them all. Michael, our ranger, was just...

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Bela Bela, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first stayed at Makakatana when they first opened many years ago and stayed at the lodge on a regular basis after that. However, I had not stayed at the lodge for at least 5 years. I was slightly apprehensive as I didn't feel that a lodge could improve that much. I was pleasantly surprised. The staff are wonderful, the...

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Makakatana L, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments and thank you for returning. It was wonderful to see you again and hope you will return soon. Kind regards, Leigh-Ann

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I only stayed at Makatatana for 2 nights and wished we had added at least 2 more nights. The property is immaculate throughout and the service was excellent. The game drives and estuary boat trip were and the ranger extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone visiting the St. Lucia...

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful response. I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoyed all of your activities with your ranger. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Hannah

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent three nights (9th to 12th February 2017) at the Makakatana Bay Lodge and very excited abou the the whole stay. Comfortable, clean and generous accomodation. Very friendly staff and good kitchen. The game drives, hippo boat tour and the beach tour with the Rangers Tristan and Michael were phantastic. They share their knowlege and passion for their job....

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for you lovely feedback. I am so pleased that you had a wonderful stay with us and the rest of the team here at Makakatana. It is always lovely to hear such nice words about our staff and we are so happy that Regula liked her Birthday surprise at breakfast. With George around we will always be busy...

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent a lovely 3 days here. The accommodation is excellent and unusual in that three side of the cottage can be opened up to the air (insect screens are provided), The staff were very helpful and pleasant, and the game drives, boat rides and trip out to the Ocean were fantastic.. Food was great and the atmosphere around the boma...

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely response. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and liked the set up of the rooms. The pool is definitely always highly recommended to go relax by when you have time and I am glad you got to experience it as well as all the activities. Please come back and visit...

Basel, Switzerland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very nice time here and the people are very polite. Our Guide Mike has shown us the wildlife with all the animals we could find. Service is excellent and the food delicous. One of the best places we have been in Sout Africa.

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed you stay with us and your drives with Mike. Thank you for the wonderful review. We hope to welcome you back again. Kind Regards Hannah

Hook, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very well run lodge that gave us unparalleled insight into the diversity of the rich flora and fauna of the area. The rangers, Michael and Tristan were excellent. Tristan handled our close encounter with a large elephant expertly. Michael spotted and identified birds and animals long before we saw them. Monique, Stephanie and all the staff at the lodge...

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, i am glad you had a good experience with our Rangers and staff. They all work very hard and hearing that they made your stay here at Makakatana is always wonderful. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind Regards Hannah

York
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted somewhere restful to round off our South African holiday and our agent suggested Makakatana. We're so pleased he did! It's a wonderful place. The rooms are delightful - having an outdoor shower at 7am with birdsong accompaniment is very special and walking along the walkways to the main building past all the trees, flowers and insects was lovely....

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. I can really sense that you are connected to nature and loved all the small, fascinating things that we focus on in this beautiful iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It is always an experience watching the Elephants pushing down trees and realising how strong they really are. Thank you for staying with us and please come...

Gohren, Germany
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exellent Ranger (Michael) who knew every animal and spottet even the smallest one with his hawk eyes. Stephanie and team served us delicious food.Top friendly service. Clean lodge.Everything perfect!!

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for you wonderful feedback. We are always so happy to hear lovely reviews about our staff, it is very motivational for them as they do try their best to make your stay the best. I am glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will return again one day. Kind Regards Hannah

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Minibar
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  • Free Internet
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  • Dry Cleaning
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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 

Additional Information about Makakatana Bay Lodge

Address: Lot 3 Makakatana | Western Shores Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park 3935, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Price Range: RM2,635 - RM3,379 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Makakatana Bay Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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“The new family rooms are Great!, I also loved the Honeymoon room - Chic.”
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“Honey moon suite was perfect !”
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“Try to get the room closest to the lake - the views from there are beautiful.”
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