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Makaranga Garden Lodge

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The Makaranga Garden Lodge is in the lush, subtropical village of Kloof, set among 32 acres of luxuriant vegetation. The lodge nestles in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, just 16 minutes from bustling city centre. The stunning accommodation boasts a beautiful setting for business and leisure guests and is ideal for day visitors, as well as for long-term stays. The lodge is on 32 acres of indigenous botanical gardens which incorporate a variety of sparkling ponds, myriads of meandering streams and a cascading waterfall.

The hotel also features a selection of Italian sculptures, as well as the most extensive collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa. Natural play areas and an enchanted garden containing a labyrinth provide ideal spots to sit back and relax. There is also a spa, conferencing facilities, a restaurant, a library bar and a deli on-site.

The Makaranga lodge and gardens feature an impressive art collection, and guests can wander through the garden to admire the Shona and Italian sculptures which stand amongst an impressive array of camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons. The Japanese garden at the lodge features original stone carvings from Japan and the garden's 18 fish ponds, and waterways are the ideal setting for bronze statues of Venus Rising, Pan and much more.

In a beautiful botanical garden, the five-star Makaranga guest lodge has been designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. The spacious lodge's hand-painted murals, plush carpets, original art, elegant dining room and cocktail bar, library, and lounge (replete with a grand piano), all create an atmosphere of intimacy and elegance. The lodge's ten individually designed and air-conditioned suites each open onto a private veranda.

Guests can enjoy three meals a day, served in the elegant dining room, or on the Tuscan Terrace. Morning and afternoon tea is also provided. Facilities at this garden boutique hotel include a natural rock swimming pool, bowling green and putting greens, all with full wheelchair access. The Lodge offers a unique sanctuary for visitors to rest, rejuvenate, and rediscover total harmony.


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 lies along the moss-clad road which is lined with magnificent trees and lush vegetation. This quarter is home to many rare and exotic species of orchid, camellia, magnolia and rhododendron.

Health & Beauty Spa

The Health and Beauty Spa at the boutique hotel is an exclusive haven for anyone in need of pampering and rejuvenation. The Spa is set in the heart of the tranquil beauty of the garden estate and offers a comprehensive treatment menu, from facials to body wraps.

The spa features four air-conditioned treatment rooms and one wet room specially adapted for hydrotherapy treatments; the spa also houses the latest state-of-the-art equipment. Signature treatments include chocolate body wraps, hot stone and dual massages, and spray tanning. The resort also offers a variety of packages and individual procedures that may be tailored to suit clients requirements.

Nearby attractions

  • Shopping and dinner theatre (Heritage Market)
  • Cultural village tour with Zulu dancing and a safari park (PheZulu)
  • Adjacent golf course
  • Horseriding and polo at Shongweni Polo Club (9km away)
  • Hiking and walking in the spectacular Kloof Gorge, Kranzkloof Nature Reserve, Shongweni Dam and more
  • Arts and crafts (beadwork, ceramics, woodwork, wire art and more)
  • Adventure tourism (paragliding, quad biking, water sports and more can be arranged)
  • Steam train on the first and last Sunday of every month, departing from Kloof Station

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Despite the friendly service, the cleanliness of this establishment leaves a lot to be desired. Our room was in te conference section of the lodge, upon entering that part of the building at night, we noticed that the carpets were very dirty, visible even in the dimly lit hall. In the room, the cupboards smelled musty, part of the trim on the shelves were torn off and there were cracks in the walls and ceilings. The carpet in the room was visibly dirty.
It is really sad to see that something that is so easy to fix made our experience of this lodge lack-luster. Sader even is that attached to this neglected lodge is attached the most beautiful garden I have ever had pleasure to stroll in. C'mon guys, you have something unique and very special here, clean up and maintain you asset better,