Makaranga Garden Lodge

In the rolling hills of Kwa-Zulu Natal, fifteen minutes from the bustling city of Durban you will find the lush green village of Kloof, and at its heart, the Makaranga Garden Lodge complete with hotel, restaurant and wedding/conference facilities. No other place can boast a more wonderful setting for work and leisure guests, young and old, mobile and immobile, day visitors or long-term stays. Rest assured you will be changed for the better for having experienced Makaranga.


Be prepared to be enchanted and ready yourself to experience a whole new world of magic delivered with impeccability.


Accommodation at Makaranga is exclusive, spacious and luxurious. Each suite is tastefully furnished and opens onto a private patio where the true beauty of Makaranga can be appreciated.

The following rooms are available:

  • 2 x Suites
  • 8 x Executive Rooms
  • 7 x Standard Rooms
  • 4 x Family Rooms (Sleeper Couch in Family Rooms for Children age 6 to 12 years only)
  • 1 x Self Catering Two Bedroomed Apartment

We welcome children staying with their parents. Please make sure to contact us with any special requirements. We have baby cots and linen on request and will ensure your children are comfortable. Our staff are willing to be of assistance for child minding on a minimum of 12 hours notice. Please enquire at reception on your arrival for any further information relating to our mini-guests.


The spacious apartment is designed for long term stays. It has two bedrooms and gives guests the freedom of a self catering unit but with the added facilities offered at an upmarket establishment.


Our facilities are ideal for a range of corporate requirements for team building, strategic planning, product launches and conferences. A full-day conference package (DCP) is offered, although half-day and tailor-made options are also available. For conference enquiries email: and quote #conferencemoments for an exclusive offer!

Our contemporary style restaurant and deli spill out onto a covered deck which offers the most beautiful views over the privately owned Botanical Garden. Guests have the option of Al Fresco dining on the deck or inside NONNA while enjoying the fresh tantalizing cuisine and soaking up the atmosphere.

While our esteemed restaurant is set to meet everyone’s needs, some visitors may not be able to keep out of the gardens. If so, you are invited to select an indulgent picnic basket from The Deli, stocked with locally produced charcuterie, cheeses, breads and homegrown culinary delights.  The Deli staff will assist you in constructing your picnic basket or you may select our off-the-shelf meats or vegetarian options.

Enjoy cocktails, sundowners, wine tastings, coffee or gourmet teas while enjoying the view from the deck or cozying in the stylish but comfortable and relaxed Library Bar. Guests will also be able to enjoy sporting highlights over a beer or glass of wine. The Library Bar opens up fully onto the deck for a complete inside-outside experience taking in our truly magnificent views. In cooler weather, the all-glass front is closed and a cosy fireplace adds to the atmosphere.

An explosion of art & culture and an attraction at Makaranga is the garden. Guests are able to make their way down winding paths to an oasis of peace and serenity – the hotel is wheelchair-friendly. There are 18 ponds including Venus Pond and Long Pond, the latter being the largest waterway in Makaranga. For a true respite or soul searching, there is also a 1KM long labyrinth set in a quiet corner of the gardens. The authentic Japanese Garden boasts original bridges, walkways, stone lanterns and hand carved figures, all imported from Japan and set out according to ancient traditions.


Call Makaranga on – 031 764 6616 or visit them in Kloof – 1 A Igwababa Road

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