• Makakatana Bay Lodge set in a game reserve on the banks of Lake St Lucia - in the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site
    A UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Welcome to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Boat Cruises

    on Lake St Lucia

  • Game Drives

    exploring the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Journeys and Experiences

    with expert guides

  • Indian Ocean Safari


Set Within a Game Reserve on the Banks of Lake St Lucia in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Makakatana Bay Lodge is set on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, one of the few natural wonders left on earth. Where else in the world can you explore the magic and wonder of unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, and roaming wildlife in a pristine game reserve and combine this with an unforgettable boat cruise on Africa's largest marine estuary?

Our goal is to show off this unique wilderness gem, the perfect addition to a typical safari holiday. Join us for a bush and beach experience like no other, be it for a romantic weekend getaway or a memorable family holiday, Makakatana Bay Lodge is your ultimate game reserve and beach safari in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN), South Africa, just a 2h30 drive from Durban's King Shaka International Airport.

Rooms and Suites

Makakatana Bay Lodge is a privately-owned and managed safari lodge within the western shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Experience this magnificent area from the comfort of our spacious rooms, set on raised decks within the wilderness of the game park.

Journeys and Experiences Near Lake St Lucia and iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is home to vibrant wildlife encompassing Lake St. Lucia, glorious coastal beaches and pristine eco and marine reserves.

Nelson Mandela

“iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale)."

Stay with us

Whether you are self-driving from within South Africa, or are visiting us from abroad, our reservations team is happy to assist you with planning your holiday journey.

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