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

    Welcome to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Boat Cruises
    Boat Cruises

    on Lake St Lucia

  • Makakatana Safari wetland Adventure
    Game Drives

    exploring the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Romantic game drive & safaris with Makakatana
    Journeys and Experiences

    with expert guides

  • Indian Ocean Safari
    Indian Ocean Safari


A place of Magic and Wonder

“Where in the world can you explore the magic and wonder of unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, enjoy game drives, wildlife and go on an unforgettable boat cruise on Africa's largest marine estuary?”

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. Our goal is to show off this unique and pristine wilderness gem, the perfect addition to a typical safari holiday.

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

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.