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 monkey eyes!
The food was simple but well done with a few nice options each meal. I highly recommend the lake cruise as we saw tons of hippos, crocs, birds and other wildlife. The land safari was a little lacking as there weren't tons of animals in this national park and we had just come from Phinda which was amazing.
Excellent staff, incredible artwork done by the owner and a very relaxing two days!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Makakatana Bay Lodge is the only privately owned lodge set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal, SA within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park world heritage site. It is 3 hours drive North of Durban & easy driving.The Lodge has 6 rooms with only 12 guests, offering guests privacy & intimacy during their stay at Makakatana. The full day boat safari is the benchmark activity offered at the lodge where guests are take on a private boat to experience the Estuary seeking out hippo, crocodile & incredible birdlife. After the boat trip guests enjoy a picnic lunch & game drive enroute home.The other activity that is a must is the Beach safari & exploration of the Eastern shores reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Makakatana Bay Lodge KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa