Makakatana Bay Lodge, St Lucia- Where Winter is a Friend

If you’re slowly slipping into misery and your fingers and toes threaten to fall off from cold each morning, you’re spending winter in the wrong place. At Makakatana Bay Lodge in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal winter is a friend. Leigh-Ann from the 4 star lodge says, “The seasons have definitely changed here at Makakatana: gorgeous crispy winter evenings and early mornings – but our day time temperatures are still over 25 degrees Celsius.”  These conditions sound just like what the doctor ordered and a welcome reprieve from the freeze that has some parts of the continent in its wintery grips. Warm your bones and your soul at Makakatana Bay Lodge.

Guests can expect to discover untouched beaches, expanses of glorious wetlands and game reserve areas all within Makakatana’s borders. The safari lodge is set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, a natural estuary and one inhabited by amazing birds and other great wildlife. The wetlands are also a World Heritage Site within Zululand which is a drawcard all on its own. This is one of the only locations in South Africa where you can take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean and enjoy a safari game drive through African bushved all in the same day, in the same place. And in winter no less.
Leigh-Ann told of how the lack of rain during winter has made the pond in front of the lodge a lot more active. Buffalo, Bushbuck, Reedbuck, Nyala and lots of birdlife have been regular visitors to it and to the various ponds and waterholes around the lodge too. She said, “… the spoor we find each morning tells stories of what happened the night before. Our resident, although very elusive, leopard teased us by leaving some very fresh tracks out on the road, just a few hundred metres from the lodge recently.”


She continued to share news of the recent animal encounters experienced at the lodge lately as she described how a few weeks ago some birds were making lots of noise up in the trees. After having a look nothing unusual could be seen although the birds were quite persistent and the chattering and tweeting got louder. A few hours later something very exciting was discovered going on in the trees. Two green Mambas were mating. Leigh-Ann described the sighting by saying, “These were fair sized snakes although they camouflaged themselves very well up high amongst the branches. They were also a safe distance away from any civilization and the braver guests came over to have a look and take some very special pictures. They continued for about 2 hours while the birds made for some very noisy spectators.”

Activities offered at Makakatana Bay Lodge include daily game drives, boat rides on Lake St Lucia, beach safaris and picnics as well as a Hluhluwe and uMfolozi Big 5 game drive too. These are all included in the rate of your stay. Additional activities to choose from are fishing, turtle tours, whale watching, scuba diving, cultural village visits and much more.

Escape into the warm embrace of a getaway at this spectacular slice of paradise- Makakatana Bay Lodge, St Lucia.

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