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2 Days iSimangaliso Wetland Park Safari South Africa

  • Makakatana Bay Lodge, Lot 3 Makakatana, Lake St. Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

2 Days iSimangaliso Wetland Park Safari South Africa

  • Makakatana Bay Lodge, Lot 3 Makakatana, Lake St. Lucia, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Fascinating Classic Safari in South Africa

Join the breathtaking journey to iSimanagaliso Wetland Park, South Africa in an exclusive 2-day classic safari. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the few natural wonders left on earth where there are unspoiled wilderness beaches, vast wetlands, and game reserves all combined into one reserve. Staying at the finest Makakatana Bay Lodge within the park is a great chance for you to feel the real African wildlife and nature!


  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Transportation in a 4×4 open safari vehicle
  • Wildlife sightseeing from a private game viewing deck
  • 1 night's accommodation in an en-suite room
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Private dune forest settings
  • 1 activity days
  • English
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You will have an overnight stay at Makakatana Bay Lodge. Makakatana Bay Lodge offers visitors an unforgettable KwaZulu safari experience with its luxury game viewing suites and excellent service.

Guests are accommodated in 5 Standard Rooms. Other accommodation options including Family Suites and Honeymoon Suites are available. For further information, please send an inquiry to Makakatana Bay Lodge.

Room facilities

  • En-suite bathroom and toilet
  • Service bar fridge
  • Telephone
  • Private game viewing deck
  • Outdoor shower
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Air conditioner / heater

Lodge facilities

  • Private personal service
  • Private bush pool on the lake’s edge
  • Bar
  • TV in the main lounge
  • Dining room
  • Outdoor dining deck
  • Boma for bush dinners
  • Wine cellar in ‘Old Crab House’

Makakatana Bay Lodge offers the following activities that are included in the fully inclusive rate. On a one night stay, guests can enjoy an afternoon game drive and a morning game drive before checking out. It is recommended that a guest spends a minimum of 2-3 nights with us in order to enjoy the full day safaris exploring the wetlands by boat on one day and exploring the glorious coastline on the second full day.

Your safari holiday will take place at Makakatana Bay Lodge, located within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa. Within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the animals found include elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and many other types of antelope.

The 328,000 hectare reserve was south Africa's first world heritage site and encompasses 5 five major ecological zones: the marine ecosystem, the eastern shores ecosystem, Lake St. Lucia, Mkuze swamps, and the western shores.

In this safari holiday, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

  • 1 night's accommodation in an en-suite room with a private game viewing deck
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Morning and afternoon game drives
  • Curio shop purchases
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (150 – 250 ZAR / person / day)
  • Laundry
  • Park entry fees
  • Telephones

Driving directions from Gauteng

  • From Gauteng, head south, pass Pongola and Mkuze.
  • Pass the Hluhluwe turnoff and head south for about another 25 / 30 kilometers.
  • Once you pass the Nyalazi River sign, look out for the Charters Creek / Makakatana turnoff.
  • Follow the tar road for approximately 14 kilometers and keep going straight onto the dirt road towards Charters Creek.
  • About 1 kilometer along the dirt road, take the right fork at the Makakatana sign.
  • Keep on the dirt road and follow the signs for another 4 kilometers.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Eric D from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "We stayed here at the end of our safaris, and I thought I was out-safaried by the time I got here. However, the lodge was amazing and way beyond my expectations. I had booked here for the wetlands safari, hippos, crocodiles, birds etc. I hadn't realized they also have grasslands safaris. We saw lots of elephants, giraffes, and various other ungulates. Our ranger was excellent, the best one we had on our trip. Most rangers have the same anecdotes and soundbites about the wildlife (the length of a giraffe's tongue, how male hippos mark their territory, full length). However, Michael was able to educate us even further, with many things we hadn't heard yet. The drought has affected the wildlife and the surroundings, which is sad to see. Our chalets were the biggest surprise. They are reached by an elevated walkway (I guess in wetter times, over the wetlands). Each chalet is secluded, and on full-length windows to the wetlands. The showers are outdoors. It is the best outdoor showers we had on the trip (I think this was the fourth). The air conditioner worked well in the chalet. There was no mosquito net, and really no need for one. We didn't see any flying insects in the room. There is Doom and Peaceful Sleep provided in the rooms just in case. There was Wi-Fi only in the common area, and even then I never got more than two bars. I couldn't figure out where the router was, maybe in an office somewhere. In the middle of a national park, Wi-Fi is not the priority for me so it wasn't a problem. I uploaded my pics when I got back to Durban. The access road to the lodge is a gradually sloped sand road. Getting out was like driving uphill in snow -- I had to keep my speed because if I stopped I wasn't getting going again in our little 2WD. Overall it was a great experience, the safaris, the accommodation, the staff. Other sights in South Africa get more attention, this place is under the radar right now, but it should be on your list of places to go"

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  • Review by Carina D from South Africa
    9 out of 10

    "From arrival to departure, we were treated like royalty. Stephanie with the welcoming drinks and service of very tasty food by an excellent chef is a real gem. A big thank you to Monique who has organized a special 60th birthday for Johann, a memory always to be cherished. Michael Botes is one of the best game rangers we have ever encountered and it was an honor to see nature through his eyes. His knowledge of animals, their behavior, insects, plants and birds is outstanding. This is definitely now our second home. Our room was well-equipped and it was a treat to see wild animals grazing outside your room while you are still in bed. The optional tours offered are outstanding. Do not miss the game drives and cruise on the lake. This is a must visit on your bucket lists."

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  • Review by a traveler from United Kingdom
    9 out of 10

    "Thank you to Makakatana Bay Lodge for giving us a fantastic stay and a Christmas with some very special memories. The game drives were brilliant and the trip to the beach was a real highlight despite the early start. Thank you again. I would love to return to see iSimangaliso when the drought has broken and it is once again a wetland."

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