About Us

Inflatable Boat Manufacturer in Africa

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Mako Africa has been based in Cape Town, South Africa since 1991. The owner, Mark Louw, started racing inflatable boats at a young age and became South African Champion (1991 & 1992) and The Trans Agulhas (“Toughest boat race in the world”) Champion (1991 & 1992).

The very successful of Mako boat designs have evolved out of the design and fully inflatable boat manufacturer, a field where it collected many highly acclaimed awards, both on and off the water. The company has grown consistently over this period and has enjoyed an ongoing and enviable reputation for design, innovation, product quality and performance.

Mako now specializes in the  supply of Naval, security  and patrol vessels into Africa and Commercial  vessels that are bespoke built to clients requirements and specifications. All of our products are built using the best available materials imported from the world suppliers. All of our materials are immensely strong, wear resistant, waterproof and immune to the hazards of sunlight, ozone fuel, oil, acids and contaminants.

Mako Marine Africa Team

Mark Louw - Mako Marine Africa Director

Mark Louw – Director

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Kieran Hughes – Director

Our boats are built to last. Built in Africa for Africa.


We work closely with clients during the development process to understand their specific needs before any manufacturing commences. This tailored approach means that every boat you buy from MAKO is ideally suited to the role it needs to fill, ensuring it delivers maximum performance, capability and effectiveness.



This model of specialists working together, overseen by Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, ensures that all the components of your boat are manufactured to the highest possible level of quality.


MAKO offers flexible modular solutions to meet our customer’s specific requirements, from a range of well proven platforms.


MAKO concentrates on the design, development and final assembly of craft, with key components manufactured by specialists in those areas.

What we do…

Mako Marine Africa specializes in military  and commercial RIBS and fully inflatables, custom built boats, boat repairs and boat training. Our unique business model allows for unprecedented levels of customization for specialized boats required for most applications and industries.