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Makakatana Bay Lodge

4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Lot 3 Makatana | Nylazi Rural, Saint Lucia 3935, South Africa
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Ranked #14 of 29 Saint Lucia B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014
Edmund-Zuber Munich, Germany
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have just returned from for my Husband, a 112 night stay in South Africa (I stayed in 2 sectors of 14 days then 24 days). This was supposed to be a treat at the end. I carefully researched to choose somewhere that would provide a high quality relaxing experience within the Wetlands area and this Lodge seemed to fit... More

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Munich, Germany
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you do not look for the Big five but for an absolutely relaxing and peaceful place with some unusual excitements, that is the place. A private run Business - you feel it, wherever you go - very kind and supportive staff; only a view rooms and therefore a peaceful stay. The rooms are ok but need soon some refurbishment... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

This lodge is set in a secluded forested area. A wooden walk way leads to each private Japanese inspired suite with outside shower and a view of the wide open bush. There are game drives and excursions to their own private beach and boat trips to see the hippos. Don't expect the abundance of Kruger Park wildlife but we did... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We really enjoyed our time at Makakatana. The accommodation we had, honeymoon suite, had a virtually endless view and was situated near the infinity pool and lake affording the convenience of entertaining the kids during the day and listening to the hippos in the evening. Unlike conventional lodges where you can expect two game drives a day, Makakatana provides choice... More

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Mtubatuba, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Our stay at Makakatana Lodge was delightful, and most enjoyable in this very unique and beautiful place. We enjoyed the exclusive accomodation in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings, with large trees, and lovely pool deck looking out over the lake.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Makakatana Bay Lodge is a very special place, we stayed for three nights and wish it could had been longer. We received a very warm welcome from the friendly and attentive staff. The accommodation is very good with wonderful outdoor showers. The meals and the service are first class and are usually served in the boma, weather permitting. We particularly... More

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Nuremberg, Germany
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We had a spectecular time in beautiful Makakatana. All was on a top level: Accomodation, food, service, game viewing etc. Especially the warm and friendly stuff was a real surprise and we enjoyed every hour of our stay in the lodge.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Our whole experience in Makakatana was superb. From the warm friendly welcome to the exceptional game viewing done at a good pace. The accommodation is most comfortable, the service impeccable and friendly. It was hard to leave such à special place where you were made to feel so welcome.

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Kolsås, Akershus, Norway
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

A superbly hidden and exclusive location with fine view from the veranda, and from the pool area. A friendly and dedicated staff. Excellent dinner served in the firelit boma. Housing of good standard. The outdoor shower really made you wake up.

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9 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

The location is excellent and exclusive. At our first evening meal two hippos came to drink from the pool in the front garden, monkeys joined us for breakfast and frogs and bush babies kept us awake at night. This is natural South Africa ! The accommodation is lovely, large and comfortable built amongst the trees and close to the lake.... More

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Additional Information about Makakatana Bay Lodge

Address: Lot 3 Makatana | Nylazi Rural, Saint Lucia 3935, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Saint Lucia
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #14 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Lucia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Makakatana Bay Lodge 4*
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 
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