If you think a safari is merely about cruising down the dry African savannah onboard a game viewer with the hope of spotting the elusive leopard or the impressive lion, think again.
Combine a traditional safari experience with a trip to lush wetlands and pristine, golden beaches and you can tick complete African experiences off your travel bucket list.
Makakatana Bay Lodge, located on the banks of Lake St. Lucia in South Africa, is the only safari lodge within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site. Due to its unique location Makakatana provides easy access to wildlife rich savannahs, untouched shorelines and beautiful wetlands.
Start your safari getaway by trying your luck at identifying the Big Five in the nearby Hluhluwe Game Reserve, the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa. From majestic predators to slender antelope and colourful birdlife, there is always something exciting to see in Hluhluwe.
Continue your voyage to the swamps of St. Lucia estuary where you will encounter crocodiles, hippos, birds and other animals that have made a home for themselves in these vast wetlands.
End your safari escapade with a trip to the eastern shores of the subtropical KwaZulu-Natal province and explore the glorious Indian Ocean coastline. Here visitors can swim and snorkel in the sparkly waters and absorb the pure beauty of the location.
With a combination of different ecosystems merged together iSimangaliso and its surroundings offer one of the most unique and versatile travel destinations in Africa. Visit Makakatana for the ultimate African bush and beach safari.