Makakatana Bay Lodge

Makakatana is uniquely situated on the banks of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park and remains the only privately owned lodge, totally surrounded by the Conservation Reserve. Offering unsurpassed luxury and attention to detail, the units are situated in indigenous forests and joined by raised wooden walkways.


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Makakatana is uniquely situated on the banks of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park and remains the only privately owned lodge, totally surrounded by the Conservation Reserve. Offering unsurpassed luxury and attention to detail, the units are situated in indigenous forests and joined by raised wooden walkways. The lodge derives its logo from the 70 year old Crab House on which the Lodge lies. The crab house has now been converted into the Makakatana Wine Cellar.

The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park: Lake St Lucia is Africas largest natural estuary with a water expanse of 200km2. The Indian Ocean washes up on miles of golden uninhabited beaches with dune forests just waiting to be explored. The wildlife in this pristine reserve includes over 360 species of birds. The game includes leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant as well as hippo, crocodile, zebra and a number of antelope.

Makakatana Bay Lodge is an exclusive bush lodge owned and run by Hugh and Leigh-Ann Morrison, on land that has been in the Morrison family for three generations.

Makakatana Lodge offers the following: - 5 Standard Rooms - 1 Honeymoon Suite - Maximum Capacity 12 People - Airconditioned / Heated - Insect Proof Screen Doors - Private Decks - Dressing Rooms - Separate Bathroom & Toilet - Outdoor Shower - Service Bar Fridges - Tea And Coffee Tray - Telephones 2 x Rooms have stunning views onto the lake and water pans. the honeymoon suite has an incredible view over a wetland vlei.

3 x Rooms have king beds. 3 x Rooms have 2 x ? beds. 3 x Rooms are set in the dune forest and are frequented by friendly warthog, red dyker, nyala, bush babies, birds and hippo! Also offering a private bush pool on the lakes edge.

At Makakatana Bay Lodge the activities offered are:

HIPPO CROCODILE SAFARI DRIVE At 4pm after tea, depart on the open safari Vehicle to the heart of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park. Disembark at a special place where the Mpate River meets the winding narrows of the Lake St Lucia Estuary. Afternoon drinks and snacks are served while the resident Hippopotamus parade and showoff! Look out for the Nile crocodile on this safari, as the Mpate River banks are a very densely populated crocodile breeding ground.

BOAT/BEACH SAFARI A Boat trip is offered on Lake St Lucia, the largest marine estuary in Africa. After the boat trip, guests are then driven through the Eastern Shores Game Reserve to Cape Vidal beach for snorkeling, swimming and a picnic lunch. Cape Vidal is renowned for its glorious stretches of golden beaches, coastal forests and the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean. There you will be able to enjoy long walks up the beach, or just relax and absorb the glorious sunshine. Mission Rocks, a few kilometers south, provides visitors with hours of fascinating exploration in the rock pools.

HLUHLUWE-UMFOLOZI GAME RESERVE Established in 1895, this is the oldest game park in Africa and is the only park under formal conservation in KwaZulu-Natal where the Big 5 occur. Makakatana Bay Lodge takes guests on a full day Safari to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve. Guests enjoy a full day in this famous Big 5 Game Reserve and have a picnic lunch on the banks of the Hluhluwe River. Animals of the Reserves include: Elephant, White Rhino, Black Rhino, Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Cheetah, Wild Dog, Hyena, Giraffe, Zebra, Dyker, Wildebeest, Impala, Reedbuck, Nyala, Kudu, other antelope and many other species of game.

MOKORO CANOE SAFARI An early morning Mokoro Canoe Safari is offered into the wetland Narrows, home of the Nile Crocodile and hippopotamus. This is a typical ?Botswana? type boat Safari and we are fortunate to be able to offer guests this unforgettable trip. This safari is substituted with a Wetland Walking Safari in bad weather or in low water levels.

WETLAND WALKING SAFARI Explore the Wetlands on foot and tread where very few people have been before! The Wetlands are the home to hundreds of Hippo and Crocodile and smaller game. It is also a great way to bird watch. BIRD WATCHING SAFARIS With 365 Species of birds within the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, Makakatana Rangers will take you on a bird watching walking Safari. This is a great opportunity to experience some of the many bird species recorded within the park. Situated in the southern most tip of the Eastern Seaboard and some of the birds found here include the Mangrove Kingfisher, Palmnut Vulture, Southern banded Snake Eagle, Marina Trogon, Natal Nightjar, Stanleys Bustard, Scaly Throated Honeyguide, African Finfoot, Cuckoo Hawk & the Lesser Jacana.

ZULU CULTURAL VILLAGE This Zulu Village gives you a glimpse into the historical architecture, and way of life of the Zulu nation. Traditional Zulu Shows are scheduled. This safari may be done as a morning safari leaving the afternoon free to relax around the Lodge or combined with a half day safari to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve.

ST. LUCIA CROCODILE CENTRE A series of displays depict the Lake St Lucia system from the sea, beach, dune forests, grasslands, to the lake shore. Informative crocodile exhibits portray the lives of these fascinating reptiles. All the African species of crocodile can be seen in the various ponds, namely the Nile, Long-snouted and Dwarf crocodile. Some of the largest crocodiles in the country can be found at the Croc Centre. The Crocodile Centre now hosts an impressive collection of snakes. A snake demonstration is given every Saturday afternoon at 14h00. Visit the Cycad Garden. Have a look at the oldest living fossils. Feeding for public demonstration takes place on Saturday afternoons at 15h00 (weather permitting). A visit to the Crocodile centre may be substituted with the boat trip and combined with a full day trip to Cape Vidal.

NIGHT DRIVES The night drive may be substituted with the afternoon Hippo Safari Drive Enjoy a night drive after dinner! The night drive departs at about 20h30 and the Safari Vehicle drives into the wetlands where hippopotamus can be seen grazing. Leopard, Serval, Pythons, Porcupines, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Bushbuck and the occasional herd of elephant are seen. Dwarf Chameleons, frogs and nightbirds are also seen on night drives. Guests return to the lodge at about 22h30.

ILALA WEAVERS Should guests wish to do a half day Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve Safari we combine the day after a picnic lunch with a visit to Ilala Weavers. They are a Kwa-Zulu Natal based, family owned company that has uplifted rural women by creating a new demand for traditional handwoven Zulu baskets. At Ilala Weavers one can also visit Thembalethu Craft Village, with traditional handcrafts, from the soul of Africa, and the Zulu Cultural Museum. A huge selection of traditional Zulu hand woven baskets called the Ilala Baskets can be bought here.

The St Lucia Wetlands - boasts more than 2000 crocodiles and more than 800 hippos, the area is also renowned for it's magnificent birdlife. On 27 april 1897 lake st lucia was declared a game reserve. The conservation area was a 35000 hectare lake with a 1km strip of land surrounding the lake. At a later stage other conservation areas were added. On 1 december 1999 unesco declared the lake and adjacent coastal areas a world heritage site. The 328 000 hectare reserve was south africas first world heritage site and encompasses 5 five major ecological zones. Makakatana Bay Lodge remains the only privately owned lodge situated within this world heritage site.


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