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Franschhoek, South Africa
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were sorry to only have one night to stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge en-route to northern Kwazulu Natal, though we have stayed there before, and had good memories of our last stay. The accommodation was very comfortable and our tour of the reserve was inspiring with excellent sightings of elephants, warthogs, several varieties of buck and some exquisite birds.... More 

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Makakatana L, Front Office Manager at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful feedback and allowing us to welcome you back. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tours with Johan your Ranger and had some good laughs and sitings. Kind Regards Hannah More 

Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

We stayed at this lodge for 2 nights and it was really great. The lodge only has 6 rooms which gives it a nice family feel to it. The service is amazing and the food was great too. The rooms are really nice. We had the honeymoon suite and it has a great view out onto a clearing where you... More 

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Makakatana L, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments and thank you for choosing to stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge! We hope you do come back to visit us again. Kind regards, Leigh-Ann More 

tring
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We had a super 3 night stay here. The room was very slick and modern with a stunning outside bath and shower, and a separate area with a bed for our young daughter complete with a sliding door which gave us all our own space. The reserve is bursting with animals - one evening we had two warthogs and a... More 

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Leigh-Ann M, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your response, it is most appreciated and what a lovely description. Warrwick is a real Gem and we are so glad that you enjoyed him so much! Kind regards, Leigh-Ann More 

Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We drove up to Makakatana from Durban in about 2.5 hours and had no trouble finding the lodge with wonderful directions, passing warthogs, wildebeests and rhinos along the way. We were greeted with homemade lemonade and shown our rooms. We had 2 rooms with 2 adults and 1 child in each room. The rooms were very spacious with beautiful decks... More 

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Leigh-Ann M, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and particularly on our staff. I cannot tell you what an impact feedback like this does for everyones moral. Our staff are very passionate and it really is appreciated to hear comments like this. We are glad that you enjoyed your time here. Kind regards, Leigh-Ann More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 7 August 2016

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights last month and during our stay over 140 cms of much needed rain fell. Despite the weather we had a wonderful stay. The staff were amazing (especially Stephanie), the food delicious, our room was of a very high standard and we saw and heard a number of animals from our verandah. Our... More 

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Makakatana L, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

It is amazing how happy people attract happy experiences! Often the rain dampens an experience, however we were so appreciative of positive attitudes which always ends up with laughter and love! The wetlands certainly came alive after the rains with so much new life and celebrations. Thank you for staying with us and sharing your wonderful energy! More 

Camarillo
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

I had no idea what to expect from Makakatana Lodge when it was offered to me through a silent auction bid for a charity. I design one- of- a- kind custom safari adventures in every country in Africa, but until this trip (which was a personal one), I was unfamiliar with the St. Lucia, Zulu Nyala area of So. Africa.... More 

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Makakatana L, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Janis, Thank you for your lovely review! I am so touched when guests at our Lodge fall in love with, not just the Lodge, but the iSimangaliso Wetland Park itself, come rain or sunshine. The fact that you absorbed your moments with us and cherished your time with us means a lot. We look forward to welcoming your clients... More 

London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

The one thing you don't want when visiting a safari lodge is building work and unfortunately on arrival this place had a lot of it going on. At the very least we should have been aware of it so we could have been prepared (or more likely booked somewhere else). After one night we threatened to abandon our stay but... More 

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Leigh-Ann M, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Peter, We do appreciate your response and again apologise for the noise on your day of arrival. We are very grateful that you accepted our apologies and gave us a chance to sort it out. You should not have been exposed to this and this should not have slipped through our watch. Our two new rooms will be completed... More 

Columbus, Georgia
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Just finished a four day stay. Great accommodations and dining. The staff is very helpful and adapted immediately to several changes we had to make in our itinerary. Great wildlife drives day and night.

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Leigh-Ann M, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

I am sure the rest of your trip was great too. It was good to have you all stay with us and hope you will be back! More 

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10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We spent three days at Makakatana in April and had a great and relaxed time. Makakatana was the second stop on a 4 week African safari experience through four countries. The lodge is the only one in a very large reserve. Each of the separate cabins have porches with views across the wetlands - a great place to sit with... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 June 2016

We had a very nice short break in an excellent Lodge. Fantastic game rides and boat trip. Friendly staff. Game came right up to our balcony. Knowledgeable game ranger. Good kitchen and good facilities. Wifi needs improving.

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Leigh-Ann M, Owner at Makakatana Bay Lodge, responded to this review

We continually strive to improve our services and appreciate your comments. We will attend to improving the wifi at the Lodge, although frustrating for us bush lodges at times! We do hope you visit us again. More 

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  • Free Parking
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  • Free Breakfast
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Makakatana Bay Lodge is the only privately owned lodge set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, SA within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park world heritage site. It is 3 hours drive North of Durban & easy driving.The Lodge has 6 rooms with only 12 guests, offering guests privacy & intimacy during their stay at Makakatana. The full day boat safari is the benchmark activity offered at the lodge where guests are take on a private boat to experience the Estuary seeking out hippo, crocodile & incredible birdlife. After the boat trip guests enjoy a picnic lunch & game drive enroute home.The other activity that is a must is the Beach safari & exploration of the Eastern shores reserve. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Makakatana Bay Lodge

Address: Lot 3 Makakatana | Western Shores Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park 3935, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Price Range: $725 - $905 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Makakatana Bay Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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“Try to get the room closest to the lake - the views from there are beautiful.”
 of 5 bubbles FelicityJohannesburg, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Honeymoon suite was brilliant”
 of 5 bubbles , 11 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms have stunning views and are separated from each other. The honeymoon suite is beautiful. Two new family suites. 7 in all.”
 of 5 bubbles GardnerCustomSafaris, 25 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Honeymoon suite superb, secluded and has uninterrupted views of the bush and wonderful sightings for game.”
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“do the safari”
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