3 Reasons to Go on a Family Safari at Makakatana

Makakatana Bay Lodge game drive, © Paul Changuion

A safari may not yet be first on your bucket list when deciding where to go for your next family getaway. Yet, a trip to the deep African wilderness can be an experience that both the grownups and the young ones will cherish.

Makakatana Bay Lodge game drive, © Paul Changuion

Here are three reasons to visit Makakatana Bay Lodge for a family safari:

1. Activities

In addition to game drives Makakatana, located on Lake St. Lucia, within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa, offers a range of other activities. Whether you’re travelling with teenagers or younger children the variety of excursions is sure to keep the whole crew happy. Embark on a full day safari to the eastern shores reserve to explore the Indian Ocean coastline. Guests can swim, snorkel and indulge in a picnic lunch. The full day wetland boat safari to the Lake St. Lucia estuary offers an opportunity to spot various birds, hippo and crocodile, whereas game drives in the nearby Hluhluwe iMfolozi game reserve give guests an opportunity to try their luck at spotting the ‘Big Five’.

Makakatana Bay Lodge, game drive

2. Wildlife

‘iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale).’ Nelson Mandela said this about iSimangaliso, a World Heritage Site. Due to its unique location and ecosystem iSimangaliso is a haven for a diverse selection of wildlife.

3. Accommodation

Makakatana has recently gone through a refurbishment and now boasts two brand new family rooms, one named Jabulani (which means ‘happy’ in Zulu) and the other Bukela (meaning to ‘look out’). The suites are beautifully spacious and equipped with a sliding door between the main bedroom and the kids’ room to ensure privacy when needed. Guests can choose to have an indoor or outdoor shower or indulge in a bush bath under the African sky. The large, private deck gives visitors an opportunity to unwind and enjoy the wonders of the African bush without setting foot outside the suite. Note: The lodge accepts children over the age of 6 years but reserves the right to accept children younger than 6 subject to certain conditions.

Jabulani, Makakatana Bay Lodge family room