Makakatana Bay Lodge is named after a Zulu Chief called "Chief Mhakhakhathana", who lived in the
area many years ago.
The Makakatana Bay Lodge logo of the crab was used because the land on which the lodge currently
lies had an old concrete block house built on it by Hugh's grandfather, John Kemp Morrison (Jock)
who used it to store fish and crabs in the early 1900s.
The 'crab' house was later left abandoned due to the severe heat of summer and due to the
banning of commercial catching of the crabs and when the Lodge was built it was initally used as a wine cellar.
We have since put the old building into retirement due to invading fig tree roots.
James (Jimmy) & Ursula Morrison lived at Makakatana for 50 years before moving to Ballito, on the
KwaZulu Natal north coast, where Ursula Morrison still lives. Ursula Morrison has written some wonderfully
rich memoirs of the history behind Makakatana.
Hugh and Leigh-Ann's three boys are now fourth generation at Makakatana.
A Message from the Owners...
We, Hugh and Leigh-Ann Morrison are very proud and privileged to be able to continue living at Makakatana
and to run our beautiful Lodge here. To us, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a paradise that we cherish and
are honored to be able to share it. We are so grateful to my Mom & Dad (James (Jimmy) & Ursula
Morrison) in helping us build our business and for all their support.
To all our future guests, we pride ourselves in being able to allow you to experience this wonderful paradise,
and to all our past guests & friends, we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you all again.
Hugh and Leigh-Ann Morrison
World Heritage Site
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Lake St Lucia
On 27 april 1897 St Lucia was declared a game reserve. The conservation area was a 35'000 hectare
lake with a 1km strip of land surrounding the lake. At a later stage other conservation areas were
added. On 1 December 1999 UNESCO declared the lake and adjacent coastal areas a world heritage site.
The 328'000 hectare reserve was South Africa’s first world heritage site and encompasses 5 five major
ecological zones. Makakatana Bay Lodge remains the only privately owned lodge situated within this
World Heritage Site.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has an impressive list of 526 bird species throughout the World Heritage Site.