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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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Zierikzee, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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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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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Makakatana Bay Lodge is a true gem located in the iSimangaliso Wetlands of St Lucia. The small size makes it very personable and you get a true experience of luxury while staying the bush. The lodge has a private beach on the lake and is a great viewing spot. The rooms are quite spacious and each room in unique. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 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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Northampton, United Kingdom
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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