The teeming banks of the St Lucia Estuary are home to a plethora of flourishing wildlife. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, combines densely populated land and marine environments to create a truly unique safari experience. Makakatana Bay Lodge is the only privately owned lodge within the park and is hidden amid riverine forest mere metres from the water’s edge.
Lake St Lucia boasts a jaw-dropping five ecosystems. With the title of the largest marine lake on the continent, the park is home to an impressive 367 bird species – a twitchers paradise – along with 4 of the Big 5, hippo, and crocodile among others.
Personal and private service is a given at Makakatana with only 5 Suites and 1 Honeymoon Suite. All have air conditioning, minibar, phones, outdoor showers, tea/coffee-making facilities, and a private game-viewing deck. Wade about in the bush pool on the lake’s edge, have a drink in the bar and enjoy an al fresco boma dinner. Guests can enjoy the morning, afternoon, and night game drives around the park; along with bird, boating, and beach safaris.
- St Lucia is home to 367 bird species, 4 of the Big 5, and greater and lesser flamingos among others
- Land, boat, horse, turtle, and beach safaris are on offer along with scuba diving, fly-fishing, deep-sea fishing, and whale-watching
- The lodge has a bar, lounge, dining room, boma, wine cellar, and Wi-Fi
- The prehistoric coelacanth, previously thought to be extinct, lives in the murky depths of the surrounding waters