• Boat Bush and Beach Safaris with Makakatana


“Where in the world can you explore the magic and wonder of unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, game drives, and an unforgettable boat cruise on an estuary?”

Welcome to the sacred family owned and run Makakatana Bay Lodge. We look forward sharing the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, World Heritage Site with you.

Magic and Wonder Safari’s

Our full day safaris are included in the fully inclusive rate. Guests must please advise in advance what day safari they would prefer to book if they only have one full day with us. The standard day trip offered on a two night stay is the Boat and Western Shores Safari.

We regret there are no private vehicles for game drives and that full day safaris are not offered on the day of arrival or the day of departure or on a 1 night stay. Here is a suggested itinerary for four nights:

See our 5 day Itinerary options below:

Day 1: Afternoon Wetland Safari Drive

On the day of arrival you can enjoy an afternoon wetland drive on the western shores (departs 15h30 Winter / 16h00 Summer) where you get a taste of this enchanting pristine park with the immense bird and wildlife, great and small, on our luxury open safari vehicles. You get to enjoy a drink under the magical colours of the sunset skies while absorbing sounds and smells of the night setting in. Sightings could include: giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo, zebra, hyena, waterbuck, serval, porcupine, genet, leopard and elephant.

Day 2: Lake Wetland Boat Safari

After breakfast you will enjoy a safari game drive through the western shores to the Makakatana boat where our skipper eagerly awaits. Enjoy a two hour leisurely cruise along Africa’s largest estuarine system. You will see crocodile and lots of hippo, as well as birdlife (530 Species in the area). Afterwards, your guide sets up a picnic lunch served on the lake side before return to the lodge.

Day 3: Beach and Bush Safari

Enjoy a leisurely safari game drive through the western shores reserve onto the eastern shores to a pristine beach on the Indian Ocean iSimangaliso coastline where you can enjoy a swim, snorkel and picnic in the highest vegetated sand dunes in Africa, reaching 180m in height. After your sun charged day, you return back to the lodge with salt on your skin and windswept hair.

This is a fabulous bush and beach safari combo!

Day 4: Morning Wetland Drive and Bush Breakfast

Enjoy an early morning drive in the wetlands followed by a bush breakfast and return to the lodge by 11am.

Relax and enjoy the pool and a light lunch, spend the afternoon at leisure.

Day 5: Early Morning Safari Drive

Before we bid you farewell there is an early morning western shores game drive for you to enjoy the wakeup calls of the park before breakfast and departure. Depart 05h30 in Summer / 06h00 in Winter– return by 8am.