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Makaranga Garden Lodge
Makaranga Garden Lodge
Makaranga Garden Lodge
Makaranga Garden Lodge
Makaranga Garden Lodge
Makaranga Garden Lodge
Makaranga Garden Lodge

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8.3

Excellent

64 reviews

64 reviews

Garden3
Food & Dining2
View1
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9

Exceptional

Location rating score

Exceptional location
Parking
Available
Popular landmarks
The Valley of a 1000 Hills 5.4 km
Durban Botanic Gardens 18.7 km
Mitchell Park Zoo 18.9 km
Moses Mabhida Stadium 20.9 km
Big Rush Urban Adrenaline 20.9 km
Umgeni River Bird Park 21.1 km
Suncoast Casino 21.3 km
uShaka Wet 'n Wild 23.5 km
uShaka Marine World 23.6 km
Nearby landmarks
Makaranga 90 m
Makaranga Botanical Garden 90 m
Kloof Medical Centre 480 m
Kloof Country Club 1.1 km
Kloof Pharmacy 1.4 km
Kloof Spar 1.4 km
Kloof 1.5 km
Pick 'n Pay 1.5 km
Fields Shopping Centre 1.6 km
Gillits 1.8 km

Makaranga Garden Lodge

1A Igwababa Road, Everton, Durban, South Africa, 3610 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Conveniently situated in the Everton part of Durban, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous uShaka Marine World. Rated with 4 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to massage, restaurant and spa on-site.

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Highlights

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Air conditioning

Balcony/terrace

Wellness
Everything you need for a rejuvenating retreat for both body and spirit.
Spa & Beauty
Massage
Spa
Workout and Leisure
Swimming pool [outdoor]

Facilities

Airport transfer

Valet parking

Shuttle service

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Spa

Swimming pool [outdoor]

Bar

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Durban every 6 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money7.9
Distance to city center18.5 Km
Location rating9.0
Nearest airportKing Shaka International Airport (DUR)
Distance to airport35.2 km

Rooms available at Makaranga Garden Lodge

Excellent
Room comfort & quality

8.4

Executive
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  • Room size: 53 m²/570 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 king bed or 2 single beds
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Suite
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  • Room size: 71 m²/764 ft²
  • Garden view
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Standard
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds or 1 double b...
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Makaranga Garden Lodge?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to Makaranga Garden Lodge?

Makaranga Garden Lodge is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 600 ZAR. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the lodge know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Makaranga Garden Lodge also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the lodge. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Makaranga Garden Lodge has a car park available for guests. Parking options include a full-service valet for total ease.

Is breakfast offered at Makaranga Garden Lodge?

Adults can enjoy breakfast offered with an additional charge of 150 ZAR if not included in the room rate. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the lodge.

What are my dining options at Makaranga Garden Lodge?

Makaranga Garden Lodge features an on-site restaurant for your dining convenience.

What is the smoking policy at Makaranga Garden Lodge?

Makaranga Garden Lodge does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Makaranga Garden Lodge?

The closest train, metro, or bus station to Makaranga Garden Lodge is Gillits, 1.7 km away.

What restaurants are nearby Makaranga Garden Lodge?

Restaurants including Village Green Coffee Co, Q4 Prawns and Stretta are popular in Makaranga Garden Lodge’s neighborhood which is known as Everton.

What are popular attractions near Makaranga Garden Lodge?

Makaranga Garden Lodge’s location in the Everton neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Makaranga, Makaranga Botanical Garden and Vecchio Tree Garden.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Makaranga Garden Lodge?

Makaranga Garden Lodge’s nearby natural sights include Mpiti Waterfall and Springside Nature Reserve located in the same Everton area.

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What people love about Makaranga Garden Lodge

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "The spa treatment was excellent and my suite was excellent."

    Shireen

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    November 21, 2018

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "The view of the garden was relaxing and breathe taking, very tranquil, perfect to just do nothing."

    Shireen

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    November 21, 2018

  • 9.6

    Exceptional

    "The food was delicious and well presented."

    Shireen

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    November 21, 2018

Property ranking|Compared to 1,146 Durban properties
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Room comfort score
8.4/10
Room size
61 sqm.
Location score
9/10
Cleanliness score
8.5/10
Better than
98
%
of Durban properties
Bigger than
98
%
of Durban properties
Better than
97
%
of Durban properties
Better than
95
%
of Durban properties
Overall rating:

8.3

Excellent
64 reviews
Cleanliness
8.5
Facilities
8.3
Location
9.0
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More about Makaranga Garden Lodge

More about Makaranga Garden Lodge

Makaranga Garden Lodge

Makaranga Garden Lodge is a smart choice for travelers to Durban, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay.
The range of services provided by Makaranga Garden Lodge ensures all travelers get the most out of their stay. Post your pictures and answer your emails whenever you want, with the lodge's free Wi-Fi internet access. Pre-plan your rides to and from the airport with the lodge's easy to book transportation services. The lodge provides shuttle services to help you find what you want in Durban.
Parking is always available, provided by the lodge for their driving guests. The lodge's on-site laundry service helps you keep your favorite travel outfits clean so you can pack less. In-room conveniences include room service, so you can relax and enjoy your stay. Smoking is restricted to the designated smoking areas.
Guestrooms at Makaranga Garden Lodge are fitted with all the amenities travelers need. The lodge provides air conditioning in some rooms for the benefit of guests. Some selected rooms at Makaranga Garden Lodge include a balcony or terrace, as part of the room design. Some selected rooms have television and cable TV to keep guests entertained.
The lodge also provides guests with a refrigerator, bottled water, a coffee or tea maker and mini bar in some rooms. Makaranga Garden Lodge also provides a hair dryer in some of its bathrooms for your convenience.


Dining and things to do

Wake up bright and energetic in the mornings with a cup of good coffee offered at the cafe right at the lodge. Never let hunger affect your travel plans! Restaurants on-site provide convenient and tasty dining options. Have fun at night with your travel companions right at the lodge's bar.
Makaranga Garden Lodge promises you a fun-packed holiday with a variety of activities and facilities. Pamper and indulge yourself with a visit to the massage and spa. The lodge's on-site pool invites you every day for a cooling dip or a few refreshing laps. Have some relaxing fun with family and friends at the shared lounge and TV area.
Souvenir shopping for yourself or those back home takes no time at all at the shops.


Reasons to stay here

This lodge's food and dining score higher than 98% of accommodations in the city.
This lodge scores higher than 97% of accommodations in the city for its location.
Room comfort is said to be outstanding here, scoring higher than 98% of accommodations in the city.

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Amenities and facilities
Excellent
Facilities

8.3

Most talked about facilities

Food & Dining

3 mentions

Breakfast

3 mentions

Swimming Pool

1 mention

Internet

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Garden
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurants
  • Room service

Services and conveniences

  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Laundry service
  • Shops
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Babysitting service
  • Family room
  • Playground

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park [on-site]
  • Shuttle service
  • Valet parking

Available in all rooms

  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/terrace
  • Bathtub
  • Desk
  • Fan
  • Free bottled water
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access – wireless
  • Ironing facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Non-smoking
  • Satellite/cable channels
  • Separate shower/bathtub
  • Shower
Location
1A Igwababa Road, Everton, Durban, South Africa, 3610
Exceptional
Location

9

Airports

  • King Shaka International Airport (DUR)
    35.2 km
  • Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB)
    44.0 km

Public transportation

  • Kloof
    1.5 km
  • Gillits
    1.8 km

Hospital or clinic

  • Kloof Medical Centre
    480 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    330 m
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • The Valley of a 1000 Hills
    5.4 km
  • Durban Botanic Gardens
    18.7 km
  • Mitchell Park Zoo
    18.9 km
  • Moses Mabhida Stadium
    20.9 km
  • Big Rush Urban Adrenaline
    20.9 km
  • Umgeni River Bird Park
    21.1 km
  • Suncoast Casino
    21.3 km
  • uShaka Wet 'n Wild
    23.5 km
  • uShaka Marine World
    23.6 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Makaranga
    90 m
  • Makaranga Botanical Garden
    90 m
  • Kloof Medical Centre
    480 m
  • Kloof Country Club
    1.1 km
  • Kloof Pharmacy
    1.4 km
  • Kloof Spar
    1.4 km
  • Kloof
    1.5 km
  • Pick 'n Pay
    1.5 km
  • Fields Shopping Centre
    1.6 km
  • Gillits
    1.8 km
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-10 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 11 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-out until10:30
  • Reception open until23:59

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee600 ZAR
  • Distance from city center18.5 Km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)35

Extras

  • Breakfast charge (unless included in room price)150 ZAR
  • Daily Internet/Wi-Fi fee0 ZAR

The property

  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsYes
  • Number of bars/lounges1
  • Number of floors2
  • Number of restaurants1
  • Number of rooms 21
  • Room voltage220
  • Year property opened2001
  • Most recent renovation2012

Parking

  • Daily parking fee10 ZAR

Reviews of Makaranga Garden Lodge from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.3
/
10
Cleanliness8.5
Facilities8.3
Location9.0
Room comfort and quality8.4
Service8.0
Value for money7.9
High score for Durban
Rating
9+ Exceptional (18)
8-9 Excellent (3)
7-8 Very Good (9)
6-7 Good (0)
<6 Below Expectation (9)
Time of the year
Mar - May (8)
Jun - Aug (7)
Sep - Nov (10)
Dec - Feb (14)
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9.6
Exceptional
ian from South Africa
Couple
Standard
Stayed 1 night in February 2018

Dated bedrooms”

Makaranga Garden Lodge has beautiful gardens, but the bedrooms are very dated with cheap and unattractive furnishings. This is a pity because the setting is lovely and the Lodge has such potential. The place just needs a serious make-over.

Reviewed February 05, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Glen from South Africa
Family with young children
Stayed 1 night in September 2012

Great value for your money”

excellent and professional staff and service, comfortable rooms, amazing garden, helpful staff

makaranga is most definitely on our list of places to go back to. we loved our brief stay at your hotel, everything exceeded our expectations and we would definately recommend this hotel to others. we sent our kids out for a quick peek about while we ordered breakfast, we had to call them back after not returning for more than 15 minutes. they had plenty to chat about and could not wait to take us on their enchanted garden paths after breakfast.

Reviewed September 26, 2012

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7.7
Very good
Jenny from South Africa
Family with teens
Standard
Stayed 3 nights in June 2013

Waking to birdsong - what a treat”

Price (via Agoda!), central locality and the GARDENS

The past weekend our family stayed at Makaranga Lodge and enjoyed every minute! Waking up to birdsong is quite a treat, as is going for walks in the expansive gardens. The restaurant offers a good variety on the menu, but the breakfast portions are way too large!! I felt quite foolish sending most of the serving back, not being able to finish it. Also, before booking directly with the Lodge, check websites for specials - definitely worth your while going through this little extra effort as big savings are possible! To the owners: a coat of paint, repairing damp and clean carpets will add a lot of value, making this an even more special destination! Room Tip: Ask for the new wing - more modern and larger rooms. Excellent bathrooms!!

Reviewed July 11, 2013

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9.7
Exceptional
Olga from South Africa
Couple
Standard
Stayed 2 nights in March 2015

Lovely Stay!”

Garden, location and friendly staff!

Great! We have been staying at the Makaranga for years and not once have we been disappointed!!

Reviewed April 07, 2015

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9.2
Exceptional
Lynne from South Africa
Couple
Standard
Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

Spectacular gardens”

As we were there visiting family, we spent very little time at the hotel, but we stayed in a lovely room, encountered very helpful and friendly staff and did find an hour to wander through the spectacular gardens. We would love to go back one day to relax and enjoy the garden and pool.

Reviewed August 04, 2018

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7.3
Very good
Steve from South Africa
Business traveler
Executive
Stayed 1 night in April 2014

Loud wedding music disrupted our guests stay”

setting, gardens, locatioin

Makaranga is such a beautiful setting which made us eager to book our guest speaker from the US to stay there. Sadly, loud music from a wedding at the hotel venue kept them awake til the early hours of the morning. The hotel management did not warn us of this in advance. Bad experience.

Reviewed May 04, 2014

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9.6
Exceptional
Arrie from South Africa
Couple
Standard
Stayed 1 night in September 2017

Exceptional”

Most fantastic wonderful garden with all sorts of exotic plants and trees .The artwork , sculptures on display all around the garden is really interesting and much appreciated. Really a wonderful place to relax .

Reviewed September 07, 2017

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9.6
Exceptional
Shireen from South Africa
Couple
Executive
Stayed 1 night in November 2018

Relaxing,value for money”

The spa treatment was excellent and my suite was excellent. The food was delicious and well presented. The view of the garden was relaxing and breathe taking, very tranquil, perfect to just do nothing.

Reviewed November 21, 2018

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7.7
Very good
xolani from South Africa
Couple
Standard
Stayed 4 nights in December 2014

Makaranga review”

The Hotel itself and all the ammenities superb

The hotel itself is superb, the location, room, bar, pool area, gardens excellent, had a very comfortable stay. The service from the staff was very very poor - everything they did moved at a snails pace, room service, ironing, service at the restaurant the waiting times were extremely long. They really need to improve on that.

Reviewed January 16, 2015

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8.4
Excellent
Kananelo from South Africa
Group
Standard
Stayed 3 nights in March 2018

Pretty but smelly”

The experience was marred by uncomfortable damp smell in rooms which made a peaceful nights’ sleep impossible. Beautiful place, great service, very friendly staff. The gardens were to die for!

Reviewed March 20, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Brendon from South Africa
Business traveler
Standard
Stayed 1 night in March 2014

Excellent hotel facilities, rooms are spacious”

Food was devine, staff was extremelly friendly

Food was scrumptious, beautiful gardens and walkways, rooms are spacious

Reviewed July 20, 2014

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10.0
Exceptional
Brendon from South Africa
Business traveler
Standard
Stayed 1 night in April 2014

Perfect restuarant facilities, hotel is impeccable”

Food is good, Hotel rooms are spacious

Nice gardens and excellent setup. Perfect for both business and leisure

Reviewed July 20, 2014

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5.7
TESS from South Africa
Couple
Standard
Stayed 1 night in December 2012

Average experience with adequate facilities”

In nature, beautiful surroundings

There was a mix up on our arrival resulting in us having to pay the normal rate for our room on top of the amount we paid via agoda. The lodge did refund us this amount a week later but it was an inconvenience nonetheless. We were given the incorrect room and key and arrived in a room that was already occupied, which could have been very awkward. We were finally taken to our room which appeared to be for disabled people. The bath and shower were rather small and the disabled facilities made them even smaller for normal use. The room itself was large and spacious and had we not been inconvenienced along the way I'm sure the experience would have been much more pleasant. Will we return? It's very unlikely but anything is possible. The woman that contacted us the following week was very polite and apologetic which softened the blow a bit. We enjoyed a lovely meal at the hotel restaurant.

Reviewed December 18, 2012

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7.3
Very good
stephen from United Kingdom
Business traveler
Executive
Stayed 2 nights in July 2013

Nice quiet hotel in beautiful surroundings”

clean, nice room, nice surroundings

Nice location, not close to the city but very quiet with lovely landscaped gardens. Room was a nice size and well appointed.

Reviewed August 07, 2013

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7.6
Very good
Siza from South Africa
Couple
Standard
Stayed 1 night in November 2017

Makaranga 24”

The water in the shower was lukewarm late at night and in the morning. Not for the first time, there was one bath towel and one hand towel. Despite there being 2 guests in the room. In the room it took over 10 minutes to get the housekeeping department to bring the extra towel& she arrived singing...

Reviewed November 29, 2017

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5.3
corne from South Africa
Couple
Executive
Stayed 3 nights in January 2014

Beautiful garden, bad service and staff”

The gardens are beautifully kept and huge!

In 3 days i was never able to order room service, no one picked up at restaurant, i had to walk down to restaurant on 5 occasions to order food. Bar closed at 22:00 on a friday night, even though they claim to be open till 23:00, there were still people in the bar, but barman was tired and overworked... Seemed under staffed, and badly managed. Beautiful gardens and huge potential, but needs new management!!!!

Reviewed January 08, 2014

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9.6
Exceptional
Sylvia from United Kingdom
Couple
Standard
Stayed 11 nights in December 2017

Great Location”

We stayed at here because it was near family. The staff were very helpful. The accommodation was clean and comfortable. The food was excellent. Very good value for money

Reviewed January 10, 2018

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5.3
Andrew from Netherlands
Couple
Stayed 1 night in September 2012

Evidently a great hotel but....”

Pretty as seen from website

we didn't go because they were not prepared to accommodate our request for outside smoking or for permission to take photos without paying an additional huge fee. we had arranged to get married there, but decided to forfeit our payment and stay at an establishment that would provide an environment which was positive and friendly as we planned to lay the foundation for our future there.

Reviewed September 17, 2012

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4.8
Elsabe from South Africa
Family with teens
Standard
Stayed 4 nights in December 2017

Acceptable”

Staff definitely not professional. On arrival we had to carry all our lugguage in by ourselves . When we got to the room with all the bags a staff member informed us they've send us to the wrong room. So there we go with all the bags again. The key of one of the rooms we've booked wasnt working and for 4 days the staff couldn't fix it so we were given the master key that the cleaning staff use. So from a security point of view That's a bit dodgy. Noise levels at the hotel is extremely high. Staff members arriving in the mornings make such a noise walking past the rooms and talking as loud as they can. Our room was right next to the restaurant which made it very noisy. If your looking for peace and quiet this is not the place. The food at the restaurant was good and the rooms were clean.

Reviewed December 31, 2017

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10.0
Exceptional
Thokozani from South Africa
Solo traveler
Standard
Stayed 2 nights in September 2016

Excellent stay”

The accomodation is excellent, value for money, but for dinner over early

Reviewed September 08, 2016

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