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4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Lot 3 Makakatana | Western Shores Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park 3935, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Manchester, UK
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64 reviews 64 reviews
59 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
23 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Budel, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Sabine and I had our first encounter with a private game lodge at Makakatana, which is located in the heart of iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It's actually the only lodge within te park. The first impression of the lodge was a cosy one with excellent personal service and attention. The rooms are spacious with a great view and off course a... More

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Stadtkyll, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

we stayed there in November 2013 and we would always return.we felt so familar, everything was easy and perfect, very good guides and relaxing atmosphere. perfect location with wondeful sight on the lake,fantastic kitchen , meals around fire in the Boma,candellight dinner, perfect barbecue beside the beach.Exspecially Kyle was an excellent guide who shared the passion of photography with my... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Arriving to Makakatana Bay Lodge we experienced a very warm and friendly welcome. As we had the chance to stay over Christmas time we were very pleased to spend an exciting and charming Xmas-Eve with the staff and ranger. Thank's to all of you :-) The safari-trips with Kyle and his family were just fantastic. Also the boattrip was a... More

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Cape Town
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Makakatana is a very special jewel lying in wait for all those lucky enough to stay there. The activities offered, food, staff, location, boma dinners-entire experience really were all of the highest quality, thanks to the whole team for a brilliant stay. We will be back!

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

Thank you James for your feedback and we do hope to see you here again soon. Kind regards, Leigh-Ann More

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

We stayed for two nights at this peaceful privately owned lodge. Upon our arrival we were greeted and warmly welcomed by the lodge's management and staff members. Although it rained very heavily during our visit, our bush guide, Kyle, came up with excellent alternatives. We had plenty of opportunity to view wildlife right at the lodge and on the guided... 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*
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