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Makakatana Bay Lodge
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

Makakatana a beautiful place to visit. Whether you want to chill out or take the various trips, it's the palce to be. The food is wonderful; people are friendly; location is out of this world. Super game drives with animals in abundance and an outstanding Ranger to enthrall you. Simply a fantastic place to spend time. We hope to go back next year for a third visit.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank jal432002
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Reviewed June 1, 2010

This was our second visit to Mak, the first being on our honeymoon in 2008. The first stay was magical including safaris in the Eastern Shores park and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi with our own private ranger.

So we took our parents there for this our second trip who were so excited following our glowing reference.

However, disapointed we were to be. This was not the same Mak that we knew and loved. It is still a great place to stay but for anyone thinking of going back following a magical stay circa 2008 I am afriad to say things have changed. The auro seems to have disapered and it has become less exclusive.Gone were the sole atention of a priovate ranger and excusions are now as larger groups and the choice of activities has been restricted.

Unfortunately, I think the real reason Mak is struggling to match its rpevious achievements are that there are other establishments with so much more for you money now. Also with the increase in tourism there is more publicity for the other little gems in the region.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank phillippasolway
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Reviewed March 15, 2010

Stayed here for three nights last September with a group in two suites. The lodge is located in a secluded area of the St. Lucia Wetland Park (also called Simangaliso), within an amazing setting of free standing suites scattered through a forest at the edge of Lake St. Lucia.

The rooms, food and facilities here are just great. Waking in the mornings, we could see reedbuck and impala grazing right out the window from our bed. A short walk out to the lakeshore and you could watch flocks of birds while examining the tracks of hippo and other wildlife that pass by the lodge. Breakfast on the deck and dinner with a fire in the boma were first class events and included visits by birds, monkeys and even bush babies.

The safari guides were experienced and professional, and the lodge's exclusive access to certain areas of the park meant we were the only ones for miles around to enjoy wildlife including giraffe, wildebeast, zebra, various antelope and, of course, the hippos. The friendly service by the staff was top notch and, along with the location, really set this place apart. On the last day, the owner even sat down and shared breakfast with us, and then walked me out to the edge of the property to give me a close up look at a python he had seen going by!

A real adventure in a totally unique place. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone from couples to families.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank gtward
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Reviewed January 13, 2010

We decided to take a two night break before the onset of Christmas mania, Makakatana Bay Lodge was the ideal choice.
Winding through the bush one almost seems comes across the lodge by accident, it is so complimentary to its surrounds it hardly causes a ripple.
Our accommodation was one of the seven bungalows nestled amongst the trees, totally private and well appointed with a large outdoor shower.
Hearty breakfasts, light lunches served on the deck and and evening meals in the dining room or the beautiful boma decorated with flowers and a roaring fire, were all well prepared and presented.
The location of this lodge offers the rare option of game and bird viewing, cruising the lake or spending the day at the beach, meticulously organised by management.The other option is to meander along the boardwalk and emerge onto a large deck overlooking the lake. Here you can take a leaf out of the hippo's book and wallow in the pool or simply relax, sip something cool and breath in the the gift of nature.
Our warm welcome and the hospitality of management, the quite but happy and helpful demeanor of the dinning and housekeeping staff, the knowledge and patience of our game ranger all combined to make this a most enjoyable stay
The makakatana bay lodge has achieved the perfect balance between catering for your every need and not disrupting the enviroment.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank zululandDurban
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Reviewed November 30, 2009

staff and service perfect, accomodation high level, food excellent

the only negative point is that the level of the Saint Lucia lake lowers month after month and we cannot have the full day boat safari of the lodge which is replaced by a 3 hours boat safari on the river from saint Lucia with another organisation .

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank jerrySanaryProvence
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