Makakatana Bay Lodge

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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.