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