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  • Perriers Rocks - Beach, Makakatana Bay Lodge, South Africa
  • St Lucia Coastline, Makakatana Bay Lodge, South Africa
  • Lake edge, Makakatana Bay Lodge, South Africa
  • Hippo Watching, Makakatana Bay Lodge, South Africa
  • Giraffe Watching, Makakatana Bay Lodge, South Africa
  • Makakatana Bay Lodge, South Africa
  • Makakatana Bay Lodge, South Africa
  • Makakatana Bay Lodge, South Africa
  • Makakatana Bay Lodge, South Africa

Makakatana Wetlands Extension

3-day extension from £595 pp


Short description

A three-day self drive package that fits perfectly as an extension to a KwaZulu-Natal self-drive


Recommended for:
Beach | Off the beaten track | Relaxation

Set on the banks of Lake St Lucia, within the UNESCO-listed iSimangaliso Wetlands, Makakatana Bay Lodge offers contemporary accommodation, fantastic facilities and the chance to explore the diverse ecosystems of one of South Africa’s most beautiful regions. The wetlands are home to an impressive array of wildlife, with elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and a large hippo population among the star attractions. It’s also something of a birder’s paradise, with 526 species making their homes among the forests, lagoons, lakes and dunes that characterise the region’s landscapes. This three-day extension fits perfectly with a stay in the nearby andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve and provides the opportunity to explore the wetlands on a series of activities including guided game drives, boat tours and beach safaris.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Phinda Private Game Reserve – Makakatana Wetlands

Extend your KwaZulu-Natal self drive by an additional three days to the Makakatana Wetlands region, and stay at the superior Makakatana Bay Lodge. It is a privately-owned safari lodge on the banks of Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, the heart of Africa’s largest natural estuary. The iSimangaliso Wetland park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has unspoilt wilderness beaches, vast wetlands and game reserves within it. Animals found within these game reserves include birds, elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippo, crocodile and many types of antelope. After your arrival, embark on your first afternoon game drive in search of wildlife.

Stay: Makakatana Bay Lodge, Richards Bay (Superior)

Meals: L D

Day 2
Makakatana Wetlands

A choice of activities are available for guests today including early morning and night game drives, a Boat and Wetland safari on the Lake St Lucia Estuary to seek out birdlife, hippo and crocodile, a Beach and Eastern shores safari to explore the glorious Indian Ocean coastline and game reserve, or a Hluhluwe iMfolozi Game Reserve safari to search for the Big Five. 

Stay: Makakatana Bay Lodge, Richards Bay (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 3
Makakatana Wetlands – Richard’s Bay

After waking in the morning and enjoying a final game drive, drop your hire car off at Richard’s Bay airport where your extension package ends.

Stay: Makakatana Bay Lodge, Richards Bay (Superior)

Meals: B

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Any element of this extension can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

Extension from £595


Low Season

from £595 pp.

High Season

from £695 pp.


  • 3 days' car hire (Classic car with Sat-Nav)
  • 2 nights accommodation on a full-board basis including all activities (excluding park
  • Afternoon and morning game drive
  • Full day shared safari including picnic lunch or brunch (boat and wetland tour, or beach & Eastern shores tour or Hluhluwe/Western shores tour or a game drive)

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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