Be prepared to be enchanted and ready yourself to experience a whole new world of magic delivered with impeccability. In the rolling hills of KwaZulu-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.
Thirty acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall await your discovery and offer you their joy and healing. Experience the largest private collection of Zimbabwean stone art in Southern Africa as well as hand selected Italian sculptures. The interiors provide a visual feast of original art and décor making Makaranga a sensorial experience no matter the weather.
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 fresh tantalizing cuisine and soaking up the atmosphere.
NONNA, the restaurant, is fondly named after Makaranga matriarch, Danna Flack. Chick and Danna Flack bought the 30-acre property in 2002 and named it Makaranga after the Makaranga tribe from Inyanga, Zimbabwe where Danna spent her childhood and is also named after the towering wild poplar trees, which line the stream in the garden. Since then Danna has delighted in all things Italian complete with taking on the Italian nomenclature NONNA, since becoming a granny. The restaurant, it seems, in a most natural manner, almost named itself.
The open plan kitchen faces onto the restaurant and produces a tantalizing contemporary fare. Mervyn Davies, Chef de Cuisine at NONNA, takes you on a taste and visual explosion with the NONNA menu.
The walk-in wine cellar houses hand selected local and international offerings.
Children are welcome and will enjoy their own eating area, rolling their own play dough and partaking in our range of arts and crafts, situated on a stretch of pergola-covered astro turf. There is also an outside structured playground with a natural timbered gym, which is in close proximity so that carers can take a well-deserved respite from their responsibilities while their children play on the rock garden and play-gym visible from the restaurant.
Makaranga is the ideal venue for elegant weddings or functions. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the gardens, and the reception is held in the function venue, Sibeko, overlooking the gardens.
As no two functions are the same, we invite couples to a site visit, by appointment, in order to discuss their particular needs for their special day – we have a number of packages on offer. Please contact our functions coordinator who will welcome the opportunity to assist you to plan and create your special day.
We have a generator and a solar system to ensure your function will be uninterrupted in the event of a power outage.
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.