We Mak aranga -ments for Makaranga


Today it was decided that we would breakfast at one of our favourite places for getting a change of air – the Makaranga garden in Kloof. At 33 km away from home (30 minutes-odd) it is just far away and up enough to be in a different climate zone. The gardens are named for the towering wild poplars which line the river of this 30 acre property, which features a waterfall at one end as well as strings of ponds incorporating an impressive Japanese garden.

We first knew the wonderful spot when it was a haven for Camellias, owned by a world expert on them (I think his name was Leslie Riddell), who threw a temper tantrum if you called them ‘cam-mee-lias’, pointing out that a double L means the ‘mell’ should rhyme with ‘tell’. Anyway. The Lodge is now part of the Protea Hotel group, but fortunately the wonderful botanical gardens have been kept up to scratch. There is also a magnificent collection of Zimbabwe stone statues dotted at various spots and featuring many sculptors.

We didn’t quite leave on time – so the breakfast became a lunch after the kids had enjoyed a swim, and then we went for a stroll in the beautiful gardens before the mist belt produced some typical mist and rain (which we left behind as soon as we came back down the little escarpment at Field’s Hill}.

The food was good and reasonably priced, the kids had fun, and we enjoyed the amazing selections of plants that can be viewed there. Sadly, we had just missed the Azaleas out in all their glory. Next year!

The view from the Lodge over a pond ...

The view from the Lodge over a pond …

...with this Egyptian goose

…with this Egyptian goose

Pre-lunch swim

Pre-lunch swim

Our kid and grandkids in mid-stroll

Our kid and grandkids in mid-stroll

The Japanese gardens

The Japanese gardens

Closer detail of across the island

Closer detail of across the island

One of the descriptive signs

One of the descriptive signs

The largest of his carvings

The largest of his carvings

Some more on the other side

Some more on the other side

R and J do some rock-climbing

R and J do some rock-climbing

(I tried a Gallery Slideshow here, but abandoned it.  It didn’t work for these.)

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27 Responses to We Mak aranga -ments for Makaranga

  1. equinoxio21 says:

    Lovely. Your grandchildren looked – from afar – to have the time of their lives at Giverny.
    Oh. It wasn’t?
    Not the same bridge?
    (Puzzled emoticon)

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  2. libraschild says:

    it all looks so peaceful! leslie riddel, what a great name!

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  3. Ruth2Day says:

    brilliant place for day trip, makes me think of Kew or Wisley

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  4. Kev says:

    Love the pics… very nice place. Looks peaceful and calming. 🙂

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  5. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    Wow! Thank you, what a wonderful place! Thanks for sharing it with us

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  6. newsferret says:

    Looks like a gorgeous place to go to whether breakfast or lunch.

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  7. what a beautiful space to spend time together. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  8. de Wets Wild says:

    Thanks for the tip C, I’m definitely noting this one down for when next we’re in that area!

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  9. This is really a magical spot – so many different areas. Nothing is more wonderful than sculptures outside in nature. Japanese Garden to ponder and rock climbing. Something for everyone ( and what a cool Egyptian goose – never seen one before) Thanks for letting us wander along

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  10. calmgrove says:

    Now I didn’t know that about camelias, I mean camellias. Evocative pics, I can see why it’s a popular place to visit.

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    • colonialist says:

      I doubt whether the masses are likely to be converted on that pronunciation.. It is like trying to get people to use the hard ‘C’ for Latin-based botanical names. Hopeless.
      The place is popular, yes, but it doesn’t get hordes. That would tend to spoil it a bit.

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  11. What a lovely way to spend the day. I’m glad you didn’t do the diaporama: the pictures always go by to quickly. These were all well worth studying.

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  12. Pussycat44 says:

    Looks like a wonderful place to spend some time. I never knew such a place existed in Kloof.

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