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Makakatana Bay Lodge

4.0 of 5 Lot 3 Makakatana | Western Shores Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park 3935, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Salt Rock, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful lodge situated inside Isimangaliso world heritage site. Incredible staff, they are extremely knowledgable and accommodating, the meals are absolutely delicious, our room was beautiful with a beautiful view. If you are looking for peace and tranquillity in the bush together with royal treatment this is the best lodge ever and it comes highly recommended. Excellent game drives and... More 

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Breda, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent two nights here and expected after our experiences in Sabi Sands more flora and fauna from the wetlands here. That was the reason we came here. It turned out not all we expected! We had room 6 and the room and the lodge are very nice and beautiful! Our view was over the wetlands and we saw hippos... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is one of the nicest Lodges I have ever had the privilege to stay at. It is on the more expensive side, but so well worth it. All your meals are included plus all the activities, so in the end it is not that much more than other places where you pay for bed and breakfast only. The food... More 

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Rouen, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A incredible staff and attention to the guests. A warm welcome and service during our stay. What is special in this lodge and make the experience unique is the staff: owners, rangers, cookers, room staff, etc... and, the fact that it is small and thus calm. We were only 7 during our stay (our family of 5 + a couple).... More 

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Perth, Australia
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Spent an awesome couple of days here to visit my son who works at this lodge. It was a delightful place - right on the edge of Lake St Lucia. I loved the tranquility of it all and the lushness of the vegetation. My room was very comfortable and loved the out door shower. Sitting outside on my veranda looking... More 

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Manchester, UK
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The staff at the Makakatana Bay Lodge are what makes it. As is so often the case at (very) small hotels - in this case there are only six rooms - the infectious enthusiasm and skill of the staff throughout the hotel are the things that make a place like this stand out from a larger chain. The reception staff... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Exceptional service and attention to detail, delicious meals - including dinner under the stars - personable staff. This World Heritage Site offers a close up view of hippos, lots of birds, and the big 4 (no lions, and we didn't get a look at the leopard here), close up views of giraffe, zebra, various herds of bucks, and a huge,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We stayed at Makakatana Bay Lodge for three nights in July after having been to a number of more traditional Big 5 game lodges. We chose Makakatana because of the uniqueness of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the limited number of guests (6 chalets) and to wind down on our way back to Johannesburg. The lodge itself is well set out... More 

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San luis obispo, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Spent two nights of our honeymoon at Makakatana. Unfortunately the honeymoon suite was being remodeled, but our room was still terrific. Little odd to ONLY have an outdoor shower (and inside tub), especially as it was winter and a bit chilly...but after the initial shock wore off it was an outstanding experience, shared with a few spiders and some glancing... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The lodge was kind enough to arrange a special day tour, focussing on birding. 95 species seen in one day! This has to rank as the ultimate birding paradise. The food was also excellent, and I will be poaching the chef when I win the lotto. It was quite magical, with an elephant eating the garden plants, and bush babies... More 

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Address: Lot 3 Makakatana | Western Shores Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park 3935, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Makakatana Bay Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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