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Makaranga Botanical Garden

1 A Igwababa Road, Kloof 3610, South Africa
+27 31 764 6616
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Tranquility in the middle of a bustling suburb

Very well laid out walkways along water features and a meandering river. Gardens are well kept and... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2018
irishmike60
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Hillcrest, South Africa
Well maintained gardens

The gardens were very pleasant to wander round and some comfort after a very disappointing lunch in... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2018
AnnieDC2018
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Durban, South Africa
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“swimming pool” (5 reviews)
“hidden gem” (4 reviews)
“few hours” (3 reviews)
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1 A Igwababa Road, Kloof 3610, South Africa
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+27 31 764 6616
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"delicious meal"
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

Very well laid out walkways along water features and a meandering river. Gardens are well kept and there are ample places to sit quietly and relax. Although many might take a fancy to them, our family were not particularly impressed with the abundance of modern...More

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HelenXO, Guest Relations Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

WOW! Thank you very much for your amazing review on our piece of paradise. It's the perfect place for for everyone to come and unwind in the tranquility of our gardens. We love it when guests have an amazing experience. We are so proud of...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

The gardens were very pleasant to wander round and some comfort after a very disappointing lunch in the restaurant.More

Thank AnnieDC2018
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HelenXO, Guest Relations Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 May 2018

Thanks for the wonderful review! We are thrilled that you got to experience our magnificent property. The gardens are certainly worth exploring and the waterfall something to admire. We are very disappointed that you did not enjoy your lunch as we work hard at creating...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

What a gem! The gardens are absolutely beautiful and well maintained. Unusual plants and sculptures can be found throughout the gardens. There’s even a pretty waterfall and a few ponds. After a stroll through the gardens we had some refreshments. Service was a slow but...More

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HelenXO, Guest Relations Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2018

Thank you very much for your review on our piece of paradise! We are so proud of our gardens as well as our sculptures and simply love it when they are appreciated by our valued guests. It's the perfect place for you to escape and...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

I've been to Makaranga a few times, for business breakfasts and presentations (which were excellent) but never just for a meal. Given that the main attraction is the tranquility and beauty of the surroundings, lunch on Easter Monday was perhaps not the best timing, as...More

Thank Jim D
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HelenXO, Guest Relations Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2018

Thank you SO much for taking out the time to write us this wonderful review, we really appreciate it! We are so glad that you finally got the chance to come for a meal and relax. We are very popular on days like easter as...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Safe parking, hotel has coffee shop and is open for meals and dinners. There is a swimming pool that may be used by children under supervision! Gardens are magnificent and are easily walked on safe paths. Wheelchair friendly. Exotic and indigenous plants, beautiful orchids. There...More

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HelenXO, Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

WOW! Thank you very much for your amazing review on our piece of paradise. It's the perfect place for for everyone to come and share Magic Moments. We love it when guests have an amazing experience. We are so proud of our gardens as well...More

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Reviewed 25 January 2018

We have been often to either just chill with friends for drinks or have a meal. Food is fresh and tasty and different to other places. One niggle is the service - could be more efficient.The gardens and setting is really pretty and beautiful.

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HelenXO, Guest Relations Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

Thank you so much for the amazing review. We are working hard with the team to iron out any service niggles to ensure that everyone has a wonderful time in our piece of paradise. Thank you for your support and please visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

The staff are friendly and they have a variety of areas to cater to any occasion. It is definitely a place to go for a lunch, drinks with friends, or a family picnic.More

Thank Cameron B
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HelenXO, Guest Relations Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thanks for your great review Cameron. We really appreciate you joining us in our piece of paradise and for the recommendation. Our picnic baskets are very popular and you're right, whether it's a gathering with family or friends or celebrating something special - we have...More

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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

These gardens are always very well maintained and a pleasure to visit, with sculptures and statues placed throughout to add interest to the landscape. Most of these sculptures contain a story thats well documented, so it makes for pleasant reading as you meander through the...More

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HelenXO, Guest Relations Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 22 January 2018

Thank you for your WONDERFUL review and rating, we so appreciate your positive feedback and that you enjoy and appreciate our beautiful sculptures and gardens. All food and beverages consumed on our property must be from our deli and you are correct, we have yummy...More

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Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful, peaceful gardens and wonderful stone sculptures, mainly from Zimbabwe. Well worth a visit. Go early and avoid the crowds. The Lodge provides food and coffees. A nice spot to while away the hours.

Thank Paul B
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HelenXO, Public Relations Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Thanks for your great review, Paul, we are thrilled that you appreciated our piece of paradise as well as the sculptures and look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Made a reservation at the beautiful restaurant at the lodge. We arrived an hour earlier and decided to take a stroll around the gardens using the map provided by the lodge. The gardens are simply stunning from the wonderfully placed artwork to discovering the cute...More

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HelenXO, Public Relations Manager at Makaranga Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Hi Krivasha WOW, thanks for the wonderful review! We are thrilled that you arrived earlier and got to experience our magnificent property. The gardens are certainly worth exploring and the waterfall something to admire. I have passed your comment about the "delicious meal" onto our...More

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