Makaranga Garden Lodge

Exterior Deck at Makaranga Garden Lodge
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Hotel Type:
Business, Spa, Conference, Leisure
Address:
1A Igwababa Road
Kloof
Durban
KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa
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Overview

The Makaranga Garden Lodge is located in the lush, sub-tropical village of Kloof, amongst 30 acres of lush vegetation. The lodge is located in amongst the rolling hills of Kwa Zulu Natal, just 15 minutes from the bustling Durban city centre. 

The stunning Makaranga Garden Lodge boasts a wonderful setting for both business and leisure guests and is ideal for day visitors or long term stays. Makaranga is set on 30 acres of indigenous botanical gardens, a variety of sparkling ponds, a myriad of meandering streams and a cascading waterfall.

The hotel also features a selection of Italian sculptures as well as the largest collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa. Natural play areas and an enchanted garden with a 1mm long labyrinth provide ideal spots to sit back and relax.

The Makaranga Garden Lodge also offers a spa, conferencing facilities, restaurant, library bar and deli.

Accommodation at the Makaranga Garden Lodge, Durban

The lodge and gardens at Makaranga feature an impressive art collection and guests can wander the pathways through the garden to admire the Shona and Italian sculptures which are set amongst an impressive collection on Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons. The Japanese garden at the Lodge features original stone carvings from Japan and the 18 ponds and waterways are ideal setting for little bronze statues of Venus Rising, Pan and many more.

The Lodge

Overlooking a beautiful botanical garden, the five star guest lodge has been designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. The spacious lodge with hand painted murals, plush carpets, original art, an elegant dining room and cocktail bar, library, and a classically furnished lounge, which is complete with a grand piano, create an atmosphere of intimacy and elegance. The ten individually designed and air-conditioned suites at Makaranga, each open onto a private verandah.

Guests at the Makaranga Garden Lodge are invited to enjoy three meals a day served in the elegant dining room, or on the Tuscan Terrace. Morning and afternoon tea may also be provided for their pleasure. Facilities at this garden boutique hotel include a natural rock swimming pool, bowling green and putting green, all with full access for wheelchair users. Makaranga provides an unsurpassed sanctuary for the visitor to rest, rejuvenate and rediscover total harmony.

Gardens at the Makaranga Garden Lodge, Durban

Throughout the gardens guests will discover an impressive variety of both indigenous and exotic plants, including some rare and unique species. One of the most magical parts of the forest is along the moss-clad road, lined by magnificent Macaranga trees and lush vegetation. This quarter is home to many rare and exotic species of Orchid, Camellia, Magnolia and Rhododendron.

Health & Beauty Spa at Makaranga

 
The Health and Beauty Spa at the Makarenga Garden Lodge is a exclusive haven for anyone in need of pampering and rejuvenation. The Spa is set amidst the tranquil beauty of the Makaranga garden estate and offers a comprehensive treatment menu from facials to body wraps.

Featuring four air-conditioned treatment rooms and one wet room specifically adapted for hydrotherapy treatments, the spa also houses the latest in state-of-the-art equipment. A signature treatments includes the Chocolate Body wraps, Hot stone and Dual massages and spray tanning. The spa further offers a variety of packages or individual treatments which can be tailor made to suit the clients’ requirements.

Nearby attractions

The Valley of a Thousand Hills offers:

  • Shopping and dinner theatre (Heritage Market)
  • Cultural Village with Zulu dancing and a safari park (PheZulu)
  • Golf course nearby
  • Horse riding and polo at Shongweni Polo Club (9km distance)
  • Hiking and walking in the spectacular Kloof Gorge, Kranzkloof Nature Reserve, Shongweni dam etc.
  • Arts and crafts (beadwork, ceramics, woodwork, wire art etc.)
  • Adventure tourism (paragliding, quad biking, watersports and more can be arranged)
  • Steam train the first and last Sunday of every month departing from Kloof station for a fun day out.

Services

Check In and Check Out Times

  • Check In: 14:00
  • Check Out: 10:00

Business Services

  • WIFI

General Services

  • 24 hour reception service
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Health & Fitness Centre
  • Housekeeping service
  • Internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Massage treatments
  • Porters
  • Wellness & Beauty treatments

Room Types

Leisure Rooms: 4 rooms

makaranga garden lodge leisure rooms

Hotel rooms at the Makaranga Garden Lodge, Durban

Accommodation at the five star Makaranga Garden Lodge is exclusive, spacious and luxurious. Each hotel room is individually decorated, tastefully furnished and opening onto a private verandah where the true beauty of Makaranga can be appreciated.

East Wing:

  • 4 x deluxe twin rooms
  • 6 x deluxe double rooms

West Wing:

  • 8 x executive twin / double rooms
  • 2 x executive suites

In-room facilities include:

  • Spacious en-suite bathrooms with separate showers
  • Selected Satellite TV, MNET and local channels
  • DVD player (West wing)
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning & ceiling fans
  • Gowns
  • Extra length beds (West wing)
  • Work desks
  • Electronic room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Direct international dialing
  • Built-in international adaptors, hairdryer, electric shaving socket (220V)
  • Complimentary Sherry
  • WIFI internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Sleeper couch in Double rooms for children age 8 – 12yr

Today's Rate

Single Room: R1220.00

Double Room: R1540.00

Executive Room: 8 rooms

makaranga garden lodge executive room

Each Executive Room at the Makaranga Garden Lodge is individually decorated, tastefully furnished and opening onto a private verandah where the true beauty of Makaranga can be appreciated.

West Wing:

  • 8 x executive twin / double rooms
  • 2 x executive suites

In-room facilities include:

  • Spacious en-suite bathrooms with separate showers
  • Selected Satellite TV, MNET and local channels
  • DVD player (West wing)
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning & ceiling fans
  • Gowns
  • Extra length beds (West wing)
  • Work desks
  • Electronic room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Direct international dialing
  • Built-in international adaptors, hairdryer, electric shaving socket (220V)
  • Complimentary Sherry
  • WIFI internet connection
  • Laundry services
  • Sleeper couch in Double rooms for children age 8 – 12yr

Today's Rate

Single Room: R1540.00

Double Room: R1930.00

Penthouse: 1 room

makaranga garden lodge penthouse

The spacious apartment at the Makaranga Garden Lodge is ideal for guests who enjoy a long term stay.  The Penthouse features two bedrooms and provides visitors with the flexibility of a self catering option combined with the convenient facilities available of a hotel room.

Today's Rate

Single Room: R1220.00

Double Room: R2440.00

Room Amenities

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bathrobe
  • Ceiling Fan
  • DVD player
  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • In room safe
  • Internet Access
  • Mini bar
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Writing desk

Hotel Restaurants

Nonna

The Nonna restaurant is set in an old Victorian warehouse which leads onto a pergola-covered terrace. The restaurant offers guests spectacular views of the surrounding valley, forests and hills. 

This contemporary Italian bistro and deli features an open-plan kitchen which faces onto the restaurant and a gorgeous walk-in wine cellar houses. Children are offered their own special eating area covered with astro turf where they can roll their own pizza dough or enjoy a variety of arts and crafts activities. A natural timbered jungle gym can be found in the gardens surrounding the Nonna restaurant.

The Nonna Deli allows guests the opportunity to create their own indulgent picnic basket which they can enjoy in their own secluded spot in the gardens. A variety of cheeses, breads and homegrown culinary delights can be found in the deli and picnic blankets, baskets and umbrellas are available to hire.

Address: 1A Igwababa Road, Kloof, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Hotel Spa

The Spa

A luxurious haven for anyone in need of pampering and rejuvenation, the exclusive Makaranga Health and Beauty Spa is set amidst the tranquil beauty of five star Makaranga Garden Lodge in Kloof, Durban, and offers a comprehensive spa treatment menu ranging from facials to body wraps.

Boasting four air-conditioned treatment rooms and one wet room specifically adapted for hydrotherapy treatments, the spa also houses the latest in state-of-the-art equipment.

The Spa Therapy Capsule is a one-of-a-kind in Durban and allows for wonderful versatility incorporating sauna, steam, aroma steam, a Vichy shower, a jet bath and colour therapy. Its benefits include: flushing out toxins, easing of muscular and joint pain, increased metabolism, encouraged weight and cellulite reduction and the alleviation of sinus congestion. Other signature treatments include Chocolate Body wraps, Hot stone and Dual massages and spray tanning. The spa offers a variety of packages or individual treatments which can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

The Makaranga Spa is a sanctuary of peace and tranquility tucked away in the leafy suburb of Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal. Privately owned, the Spa is located inside the west wing of the impressive 30 acre Makaranga Garden Lodge, and offers a comprehensive range of treatments from limitless facials to a variety of massage therapies.Unique features within the Spa include a Hydrotherapy Capsule for exfoliation and body wraps as well as a Dual Treatment Room, suitable for couple’s massages.

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Activities / Sports and Leisure

Walks in the garden

The five star Makaranga Garden Lodge boast an impressive art collection and guests can wander the wheelchair friendly pathways through the garden to admire the Shona and Italian sculptures set amongst an impressive collection of Camellias, Magnolias and Rhododendrons to mention a few. The Japanese garden at the Makaranga Garden Lodge, Durban, features original stone carvings from Japan, and the 18 ponds and waterways are an ideal setting for little bronze statues of Venus, Pan and others.

Guests are invited to make their way down the wheelchair-friendly winding paths to an oasis of peace and serenity. There are 18 ponds including Venus Pond and Long Pond, the latter being the largest waterway in Makaranga. There are also many beautiful statues in stone, bronze and marble, which have been imported from Italy and Zimbabwe.

These include a wonderful hand carved reproduction of Michelangelo's "David", as well as the "Four Maidens", who each carry the foliage of their respective seasons. These graceful statues keep a watchful eye over the "Blue Pond", so named because of the bias towards different shades of blue and purple plant material.  Golf carts for the mobility impaired can be pre-booked at an additional fee.

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. The ponds create a sense of stillness and calm, while the exquisite water lilies proudly display their pinks and purples.

The Japanese Garden promises a sense of awe, wonder and peace. Throughout the garden you will discover an impressive variety of both indigenous and exotic trees, including some rare and unique species. The luxurious Makaranga Garden Lodge in Durban is home to many rare and exotic species of Orchid, Camellia and Rhododendron.

Swimming

The Makaranga Garden Lodge in Kloof, Durban, features a swimming pool to which guests have access to.

Art

The Makaranga Garden Lodge in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, has been decorated with original artwork – each piece either chosen or commissioned by the owners. Most of the pieces of sculpture and the paintings are by Southern African artists but there is also art from as far a field as Nepal, Burma, Vietnam, India and the United States.

There are pieces from Italy on show in the garden including a carved two-metre high carrara marble copy of Michelangelo’s “David”. One of the most interesting features on view in the gardens is the large collection of Shona stone carvings. Most of the artists are world famous and a significant portion of the Shona collection is from first generation artists.

Spa treatments

A luxurious haven for anyone in need of pampering and rejuvenation, the exclusive Makaranga Health and Beauty Spa is set amidst the tranquil beauty of five star Makaranga Garden Lodge in Kloof, Durban, and offers a comprehensive spa treatment menu ranging from facials to body wraps.

Boasting four air-conditioned treatment rooms and one wet room specifically adapted for hydrotherapy treatments, the spa also houses the latest in state-of-the-art equipment.

The Spa Therapy Capsule is a one-of-a-kind in Durban and allows for wonderful versatility incorporating sauna, steam, aroma steam, a Vichy shower, a jet bath and colour therapy. Its benefits include: flushing out toxins, easing of muscular and joint pain, increased metabolism, encouraged weight and cellulite reduction and the alleviation of sinus congestion.

Other signature treatments include Chocolate Body wraps, Hot stone and Dual massages and spray tanning. The spa offers a variety of packages or individual treatments which can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

The Makaranga Spa is a sanctuary of peace and tranquility tucked away in the leafy suburb of Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal. Privately owned, the Spa is located inside the west wing of the impressive 30 acre Makaranga Garden Lodge, and offers a comprehensive range of treatments from limitless facials to a variety of massage therapies.

Unique features within the Spa include a Hydrotherapy Capsule for exfoliation and body wraps as well as a Dual Treatment Room, suitable for couple’s massages.

Conferences and Events

Conference Venues

The conference facilities at the Makaranga Garden Lodge in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, are ideal for more intimate team building, management strategy or brain-storming meetings.

A full day conference package is available, although half-day options are offered, as well as tailor-made inclusive accommodation packages.

Boardroom:

  • Seats: 8

Imbizo Meeting Room:

  • U-Shape: 10
  • Cinema: 20
  • Boardroom: 12

Sibeko Conference Room 1 & 2:

  • U-Shape: 32
  • Schoolroom: 32
  • Cinema: 60

Combined Sibeko 1 & 2 Conference Room:

  • U-Shape: 40
  • Schoolroom: 64
  • Cinema: 100
  • Banquet: 100

Standard Day Conference Package:

  • arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea/coffee/snack
  • lunch
  • use of standard equipment
  • venue hire
  • pens
  • pads
  • mints

Standard conference equipment at the Makaranga Garden Lodge:

  • drop down screen
  • whiteboard
  • white board markers
  • flipchart

Additional charges are applicable for:

  • sound equipment
  • data projector
  • DVD
  • video & video conferencing
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Facilities

Facilities Available

  • Art gallery
  • Bar
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Conference venue
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Lounge
  • Nearby Casino
  • Nearby golf course
  • Outdoor patio
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Sun deck
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
  • Wellness centre
  • Wheelchair accessible rooms

Makaranga Garden Lodge Specials & Packages

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Directions

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude: -29.791307
Longitude: 30.818706

Directions

From:
La Mercy Airport
Umdloti Ln, La Mercy, Durban, South Africa

1. Head southwest toward Mdloti St 700 m
2. Turn left onto Mdloti St 2.3 km
3. Keep right at the fork and merge onto N2 Rd 28.9 km
4. Take exit 165-E B Cloete for N3 toward Pietermaritzburg/Johannesburg 1.6 km
5. Turn left onto N3 6.1 km
6. Take exit 17 to merge onto King Cetshwayo Hwy/M13 toward Pinetown/Pietermaritzburg 11.6 km
7. Take exit 26 for Everton Road toward Gillitts/Kloof 270 m
8. Turn right onto Everton Rd 500 m
9. Take the 1st right onto Igwababa Rd 850 m
10. Continue onto Impangele Rd 500 m

Makaranga Garden Lodge
1A Igwababa Road, Kloof, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Parking

Parking

On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

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Accreditations

Star Rating

4 Star

Awards

The wine list at the Makaranga Garden Lodge in Durban features some of South Africa’s best cultivars and received a Dinner Award for 2007, 2008 & 2009.

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