Makakatana Bay Lodge is a 4 star lodge situated on the Eastern Shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, World Heritage Site, on the lake's edge.
The lodge is positioned in the forest and accommodates only 12 people, enhancing the intimacy, privacy and personal service. The park supports 367 bird species, five differnent eco-systems and turtle nesting grounds in the marine reserves. Wildlife reintroductions include zebra, rhino, elephant, giraffe, leopard , buffalo and antelope complementing the abundant hippo and crocodile.
MAKAKATANA BAY LODGE ACTIVITIES
(Included in the fully inclusive Rate)
RECOMMENDED ITENERARY - 4 NIGHT STAY
DAY 1 - AFTERNOON WETLANDS SAFARI DRIVE (15h30/16h00 -18h30/19h00) Guests are taken on an afternoon Game Drive into the wetlands to seek out animals in the area, Hippo, crocodile & birds on their first day at the Lodge. It is recommended that guests arrive at the Lodge by 15h00 in order to go on the drive. Animals that may be seen include Giraffe, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Zebra, White Rhino, Waterbuck, serval, porcupine, genet, Leopard, Elephant and Black Rhino. (note - this activity is offered on the day of arrival) Makakatana Day Safaris include the following. Guests must please advise in advance what day safari they would prefer to book if they only have one full day at the Lodge. The standard day trip offered on a 2 night stay is the Boat Trip. Note ** Full Day Safaris
DAY 2 - BOAT TRIP ON LAKE ST LUCIA ** (8h30-14h30) An early breakfast is served at the Lodge after which guests depart the Lodge to embark on a boat trip on Lake St Lucia. The focus of this safari is to seek out birdlife, hippo and crocodile on the boat and other animals and birds in the Wetlands. After a picnic lunch and a short drive through the park guests return to the Lodge and relax in the afternoon.
DAY 3 - BEACH SAFARI ** (8h30 – 15h00) Depart after Breakfast & enjoy a leisurely safari drive to the Eastern Shores through the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Reserve. Guests are taken to the Beach for walking, swimming & snorkeling and then enjoy a picnic lunch in the sand dune forests followed by a game drive back to the Lodge. This is a combination safari, which includes a game drive and beach experience.
DAY 4 - HLUHLUWE/ UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE ** (05h00 - 13h30) Early Wake up & depart from the Lodge - 45 minute drive in a Safari vehicle (or combi if preferred) to Hluhluwe or Umfolozi Game Reserve. A full English breakfast is cooked in the park by your Ranger. Guests return to the Lodge by 13h30. Enjoy an afternoon siesta or leisure time at the pool on the lakes edge. DAY 5 - iSimangaliso Wetland Park (06h00 – 08h00) Early morning drive & check out after breakfast.
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EXTRA SAFARIS OFFERED AT AN ADDITIONAL COST (prices subject to change) (as at May 2009)
These Safaris are contracted out & must be booked in advance – Rates include transfers
- Scuba Diving (Sodwana) (R900 pp min 2)
- Whale Watching Safaris (June - Nov) R850 pp
- Turtle Tours (November - January) R980 pp
- Deepsea Fishing (R800 pp min 5)
- Dumazulu Cultural Village – R200pp
- Fly Fishing off the beach (R1500pp min 2)
- Morning Birding Tour – R300pp
- Horse Safaris – 21/2 hr beach or game ride (R550 pp) / 2 hr beach or game ride (R480 pp)
The Lodge has a closed, air-conditioned vehicle, should guests prefer to do their activities in a closed vehicle.
Makakatana Bay Lodge is situated on Lake St Lucia, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, Zululand, KwaZulu Natal.
Heading North on the N2 - On the N2 from Durban, head North, pass Empangeni/Richards Bay turnoffs, pass Mtubatuba / St Lucia turnoff and keep heading North for approximately 20Km.
Heading South on the N2 - from Gauteng, head South, pass Pongola and Mkuze pass the Hluhluwe turnoff & head south for about another 25 / 30Km - pass the Nyalazi River sign & then.
Lookout for the Charters Creek/ Makakatana turn-off.
Follow the tar road for approximately 14Km and keep going straight onto the dirt road towards Charters Creek. About 1Km along the dirt road take the right fork at the Makakatana sign. Keep on the dirt road and follow the signs for another 4Km.
2h30 Drive from Durban
1h00 Drive from Richards Bay Airport
6h30 Drive from Johannesburg
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Location of Makakatana Bay Lodge:
Makakatana Bay Lodge is not situated in the town of St Lucia. it is 30km north off the N2 past Mtubatuba/ St Lucia turnoff.
Please refer to the map for further details