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Makakatana Bay Lodge

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Lot 3 Makakatana | Western Shores Lake St Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park 3935, South Africa
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Makakatana Bay Lodge is unlike anything I've ever experienced! The staff were so welcoming, so professional. We felt treated by their attention but never smothered by it. Our guide Andre, was wonderful. He took us out on several trips. He was knowledgeable, patient and quick to point out things we would be interested in. There were so many animals! We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I had seen the signs for Makakatana Bay Lodge whilst self driving the iSimangaliso Wetlands Western Shores on a previous trip. I was eager to explore more and actually stay in the heart of the wetlands which is a world heritage site. The lodge is relaxing, peaceful and cool. The rooms are the same and are spaced on wooden boardwalks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We stay here for four nights and we loved every minute here! From the arriving everybody is trying to make it a memorable stay for us and it was. The cook Oliver knows excactly our dietery needs ans looked after us very well. The room was perfect and very clean. The sighting from our verandadeck was fantastic and we saw... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My husband and I had both long dreamed of visiting Africa and having a safari experience. The Makakatana Bay Lodge was honestly perfect in every way. The staff were professional, warm and genuinely caring and they went absolutely above and beyond to make certain that our honeymoon was perfect and unforgettable. Staying here was like staying with family---albeit family that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

What an incredibly experience. The chalets are lovely, service is excellent, and the food is very good. More importantly, though, the safaris are included - and they are fantastic. We stayed for 3 nights, and were able to go on 3 separate ones: one in Hluhluwe Park for the traditional experience (so many rhinos!), a riverboat tour (hippos!), and an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

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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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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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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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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