Our Victorian Warehouse, NONNA, spills out onto a pergola-covered deck which offers, we believe, one of the most beautiful views in the world.


Botanical Gardens

A main attraction at Makaranga is the garden. Children, young and old, will delight in the natural play areas and the enchanted garden.



Accommodation at Makaranga is exclusive, spacious and luxurious. Each suite is individually decorated, tastefully furnished and opens onto a private verandah.

  • I have spent six weeks with friends in Gillitts and returned home to the UK yesterday morning. I am writing this note to the management and staff with the greatest of thanks for the welcome, kindness and hospitality that I received upon my visits to the gardens and restaurant. I have nothing but the highest praise for the staff, from Mongeni on the gate to Promise in the restaurant, the friendly gardeners and reception staff. Your establishment is 100% quality and became my 'second home' during my visit. Thank you so much, I will be back and hopefully with friends and family from the UK..

    Jon Round, UK

    I just wanted to commend you guys on the awesome service that you provide. Besides the beautiful setting, the service always keeps me coming back for more albeit I live in the North of Durban.

    I have recently had two events there ...a baby shower (in the Library bar)and then more recently a friend's birthday (on the Deck at the Restaurant) and on both occasions, your team went out of its way to accommodate my needs for the events.

    Both times were extremely successful and the "guests of honour" were very pleased. Thank you very much, keep it up!

    Nombasa Hewana, Durban North

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for this weekend. You were so amazing from day 1 – replying to my emails, accommodating my requests and ensuring everything went off according to plan! In addition your bar staff, particularly Senzo were wonderful – friendly and helpful, always attentive without being continuously in the room.

    All in all I thought the service was fantastic, the food was delicious, and my entire event went so well, all thanks to you, so I really am so very grateful and wouldn’t hesitate recommending you and your team to my friends, family and colleagues.

    Please forward my mail on to your respective managers. Once again – thank you so much!

    Lisa Selwood

    One of the most beautiful spots on the planet - if you have not visited, you are missing out...

    Shirlee Caffyn-Parsons

    We got married @ Makaranga Garden Lodge, what a beautiful venue, absolutely breathtaking!!!

    Tammy Pienaar

    Great place, great food, awesome staff, child friendly xxx

    Yolandi Hepburn

    My Hubby and I had the most amazing lunch at Makaranga's Nonna's Restaurant! We had originally booked a picnic but due to rain landed up eating at Nonna's and so glad we did. The Hospitality is OUTSTANDING, the food DELICIOUS and the Venue BREATHTAKING! Cannot wait to return on a Sunny Day for our picnic!

    Lara Jane Smallman

    If you don't pay Makaranga a are missing a wonderful opportunity to relax and enjoy nature

    Beverley Phillips

    What a stunning venue with fantastic food!!!!

    Charmaine Mill

    Makaranga is absolutely stunning and definitely worth visiting!

    Shelley Hutton

    My first visit today and well worth it, we'll definitely be back for the awesome gardens and food !

    Angie Carratu

    If heaven is like this, what a fabulous place it will be.

    Selvyn & Ingrid Sakelfermann

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Enchanté and welcome

Enchanté and welcome. Be prepared to be enchanted and ready yourself to experience a whole new world of magic delivered with impeccability. In the rolling hills of Kwa Zulu Natal, 15 minutes from the bustling city of Durban you will find the lush green village of Kloof, and at its heart, Makaranga Garden Lodge complete with hotel, restaurant and conference facilities. No other place in South Africa 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.
30 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 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 what the weather.

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