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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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madrid
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

I'll start with the positives: the lodge is quite isolated and we rarely saw another vehicle on our game drives. The water safari is excellent, with close views of hippos, some crocodiles and lots of birds. Warwick, the boatman, will regale you with stories, comments and reminiscences. The lunch next to the water after the boat safari was very enjoyable.... More 

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Stonington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

While visiting Durban we decided to head to the St Lucia area for a night and to take advantage of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which we were very interested in experiencing. In short order I found Makakatan Bay Lodge on the internet and had a great call with Bongani who took care of our booking, including set up a safari... More 

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Our first stop of 6 in the Zululand/Maputaland region, and the best. We were warmly welcomed by Hugh and his excellent, friendly team. Always smiling and attentive. The accommodation is set in forest, with only 6 suites, which makes it all much more personal. The food was top quality. The safaris are mostly during the day, with plenty to see... More 

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Lismore, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Our schedule allowed only one night, which limited our options, but we loved our stay and our night and morning safaris. I gather the night safari is not often requested, but particularly enjoyed seeing a honey badger. In the morning, we did not see the "big 5", but treasured our bird sightings including an Eastern Nicator, a pair of Pink-throated... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

My husband and I stayed at Makakatana Bay Lodge in October 2015, we had a wonderful time, the staff are all very friendly and attentive, the rangers make the drives very interesting and enjoyable and are very knowledgeable. We wanted for nothing and the accommodation was very relaxing

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Zierikzee, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Comfortable lodge within the boundaries of the St Lucia National park. Pleasant atmosphere, good cooking and very good guide (birds are his specialty) at the border of lake St Lucia. We loved it and felt at home.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

It is a very relaxed and tranquil resort in the St.Lucia wetlands parc. As the safari's in this parc are not that exciting anymore, having seen many parcs in our holiday, we find the price pretty high for the experience. But the lodges have beautiful views... And if you can afford the two nights stay, you will experience the wetlands... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Just perfect, nice people, food was excellent, room with splendid view...The trip on the water with the hippo,s and the crocodiles was unique! The man on the boat had lots of interesting stories. The bed was too soft for me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We all loved "Maka" as our family of myself, my husband and two teenage children now refer to it as! We spent 5 nights in our beautiful rooms in the middle of the forest so we experienced the full range of activities, meals and weather! All the staff combined to make our stay a wonderful memory. Amazing breakfasts, wonderful picnic... More 

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Morges, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We travelled to SA in June (13-27.6.15) as couple and stayed in Makakatana Bay Lodge for 2 nights. It is the only lodge in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park. It it located right in the middle of nature. Even the road leading there gives you the feeling you are in the heart of nature. The lodge is great. Service is excellent,... More 

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