Explore iSimangaliso Wetland Park at this beach safari getaway on Lake St Lucia

Nestled in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, on the western banks of Lake St Lucia is a secluded lodge offering a stay with plenty of luxury and comfort. When staying at Makakatana Bay Lodge, guests can explore the UNESCO World Heritage site by boat, go on a game drive, or relax by the pool after a beach day. Makakatana Bay Lodge supports anti-poaching units and wildlife vets in the area. They also partner with local communities in Mtubatuba to assist with early childhood development, among other projects. The lodge has various sustainable practices that centre around reducing waste and energy consumption, thus limiting light pollution in the area.

Stay Location


Best time to go to Elephant Coast

The subtropical climate of the Elephant Coast offers visitors year-round warmth thanks to the Indian Ocean and closeness to Mozambique. The region has hot, wet summers and cooler, dry winters. With most of the rainfall occurring during the summer months, the best time to visit varies depending on what activities travellers would like to do. November and January are the best for tracking turtles, while whale watching is great between June and November. For the best beach weather, visit between April and September.


Luxury Suites

The Luxury Suites are set in the wildlife-rich dune forests, where guests can enjoy their morning coffee from a private viewing deck or relax in the outdoor bath. Each room features either 1 fitted double bed or 2 twin beds with an en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and tea and coffee-making facilities.

Honeymoon Suite

The Honeymoon Suite offers secluded views of the lush wetland lake. The large private deck offers the perfect spot for sundowners and a candle-lit diner. The suite includes a fitted king-size bed, a separate bathroom and outdoor shower, air-conditioning and a fan.

Family Suite

The Family Suite offers the perfect getaway for a family or group of friends of 4. The suite features a private outdoor deck frequented by wildlife. The main room features a fitted king-sized bed, while the second bedroom includes 2 twin beds and there is a spacious bathroom with complimentary amenities.

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