Self-Drive SA Residents Special - 60% off

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Want to escape to the bush for longer and are looking for a flexible safari option?  Look no further! Take advantage of our DBB rate and do your own exploring or book our Makakatana safaris as extras.  Our beaches are empty year-round and the park is teeming with wildlife, and winter isn’t what you’d call winter-y in St Lucia. So plan your bush escape and get 60% OFF at our luxury lodge in Northern KZN.

Self-Drive SA Residents Special - Valid 1 August to 31 October 2021: 


Save R3005 per person sharing per night (Was R5000 pppns, Now R1995pppns) with our 60% OFF SA Residents Special Offer and experience luxury accommodation in the heart of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park.

Special Offer Includes:

  • Luxury accommodation.
  • 3-Course dinner set in a boma around a fire under the stars (weather permitting).
  • Scrumptious breakfast.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi.


  • All drinks (bar and minibar account).
  • Lunches (we can pack a picnic lunch for you at R250 pp)
  • Park Entry Fees (to be paid in cash to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park on entry).
  • Conservation Levy of R80 per adult and R40 per child per night.
  • Activities / Safaris which can be booked as extras (subject to availability).


Self-Drive on the Western Shores - The roads are great and you can explore the park on your own from the lodge. There are great hides and lookout points to visit that our team would be happy share with you.  You need to stick to the main roads and no off-road driving is permitted. 

Self-Drive to the Eastern Shores - You will need to exit the Western Shores through the Dukuduku gate and reenter the Eastern Shores in St Lucia. Note that you will need to pay park entry fees to enter the eastern shores.  The eastern shores have wonderful loop roads, hides and viewpoints that you can visit. 

Spend the day on the beach - You can visit the main St Lucia Beach or enter the Eastern Shores and head to Mission Rocks or Cape Vidal for soaking up some sun, doing a beach walk and swimming and snorkelling. A great opportunity to explore the biodiversity of the park that includes panoramic views, wildlife, nature and the pristine beaches within the World Heritage Site.

Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park - The Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park is an hour and 15 minutes drive from the lodge. Hilltop camp has a restaurant.

Tips on self-driving in the Park: There are picnic sites and ablutions within the park.  Maps are available at the entrance to the park.  We would be happy to give you a copy of a map to help you navigate through the park. Make sure you take some drinks and snacks and picnic if you explore the park as there are no restaurants in the park. Be aware of park gate closing times 6 am - 6 pm (April - October) or 5 am - 7 pm (November to March). 

Additional Activities that can be booked include Horse Riding, Deep Sea Fishing, Boat trips in St Lucia, Whale Watching, Bird watching, Cultural Shows, Emdoneni Cheetah Centre.   These activities need to be booked with fabulous independent operators. 

T's & C's Apply

  • Valid from: 1 August 2021
  • Expires:  15 December 2021
  • Limited Rooms available on this offer


Afternoon Wetland Game Drive (R850 pps - min 2 nights booked)

Enjoy an afternoon wetland drive to get a taste of this enchanting pristine park with its immense bird and wildlife on our luxury open safari vehicles. Enjoy a drink under the magical colours of the sunset skies while absorbing the sounds and smells of the night setting in. Sightings could include giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, hyena, waterbuck, serval, porcupine, genet, leopard, and elephant - so come prepared with camera and binoculars in hand.

Full-Day Boat Safari (R2000 pp - min 2 nights booked)

After breakfast, depart at 9 am on a safari game drive through the Western Shores to the Makakatana boat where Warwick our skipper eagerly awaits. Enjoy a 2-hour leisurely cruise along Africa’s largest estuarine system. You will see crocodiles and lots of hippos, as well as birdlife (530 Species in the area). Afterwards, your guide will set up a picnic lunch served on the lakeside before returning to the lodge at 3 pm. Picnic is included, but please note that 2 nights are needed to book this safari.

Full-Day Beach Safari (R2000 pp - min 2 nights booked)

After breakfast, depart at 9 am on a leisurely safari game drive through the Western Shores to the Eastern Shores, where a pristine beach lies waiting along the Indian Ocean iSimangaliso coastline. Here you can enjoy a swim, snorkel, beach walk, and a picnic lunch in the highest vegetated sand dune in Africa, reaching 180m in height! After a sun-charged day, return back to the lodge at 3 pm with salt on your skin and windswept hair, to be welcomed back for high tea (2 nights are needed to book this safari).

Morning Wetland Safari Drive (R850 pp - min 2 nights booked)

Enjoy a morning Western Shores game drive for you to enjoy the wakeup calls of the park before breakfast.

Wetland Night Drive (R850 pp - min 2 nights booked)

Have an early dinner and end the day - or start the night rather - with a spectacular night drive looking at the stars and searching for leopard, hyena, porcupine, and other nocturnal animals in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (08:00 pm to 10:00 pm).

Terms and Conditions

Valid until: 15 December 2021

  • Provisional bookings will be held for 7 days.
  • Confirmed bookings require a 20% deposit.
  • Full payment is required 30 days prior to arrival.
  • Makakatana Bay Lodge reserves the right, without notice, to release any accommodation held where the required deposits and payments have not been timeously received, and to cancel any booking, with a full refund, should exceptional circumstances arise.
  • Check In: 13h00 | Check Out: 11h00


Makakatana Bay Lodge is on Lake St Lucia on the Western Shores.  The focus is the biodiverse landscape, wildlife, birdlife and Lake St Lucia which we explore by boat on the full day boat safari where you spend about 2h30 seeking out hippo and crocodile and enjoying the spectacular estuary.

The beach is about a 30 minute drive to St Lucia.  We take our guests to the iSimangaliso beaches which are within the eastern shores reserve.  We combine a game drive experience with a beach experience on this full day safari.