Makakatana Bay Lodge is a lovely lodge. It has the gleaming wooden interiors, spacious bedrooms, decorated with their gargantuan slabs of glass and warm, earthy African colours, connected by walkways through the forest. The pool is encased in decking and raised above the grasses of the wetlands and it is located in the extraordinary St Lucia wetlands.
You can be taken into the wetlands in search of birds (360 species!), crocodiles and hippos or go to the beach for snorkelling and swimming or out on a game drive to nearby Hluhuluwe Game Reserve before returning to a sumptuous dinner with your hosts in the outdoor boma. The family’s old ‘Crab House’ is the only part of the lodge not raised above the tall grasses. This was once a storeroom for crabs caught in the lake, now a wine cellar with a giant tree growing out of its roof. Huge sliding doors throughout the lodge open onto wooden decks with views over the lake, and the absence of railings just adds to the feeling of openness to nature. The lodge is beautifully welded to its environment. An absolute treat as a place to relax and is just perfect for a family holiday.
Leigh Ann Morrison, owner of Makakatana Bay Lodge, has written a wonderful article called 'Summer Magic at Makakatana' detailing all the latest news at the lodge.