The Delport family has lived in Potchefstroom since 1974.
While still at school, Mari, their only daughter and an avid animal and nature lover, begged her dad to buy them a small farm where they could keep animals, especially horses. Like many a father, Kobus could not resist his only daughter’s pleas and soon started looking around. He also realized that, having a farm close to Potchefstroom, would allow his family to spend quality time and build many special memories.
Soon after, in 1999, they became the owners of the farmland which was renamed “Makojalo”.
This name was derived from a combination of the first syllables of the names of the family members:
Ma (Mari) – Ko (Kobus) – Ja (Jan-Hendrik) – Lo (Louise)
When the family drove through the gate of their new farm for the first time, Louise verbalized her thoughts to her family: “Let’s build a wedding venue on the koppie!!!”
The family first invested in an Angus cattle stud, which was soon followed by Fresian horses.
After Mari matriculated and started her university studies, she didn’t have enough time anymore to attend to the horses the way she used to. They started selling some of the horses.
Their stables stood empty for about two years and were eventually used to keep the prize Angus cattle which were being prepared for shows.
Louise felt troubled as she wasn’t happy to see the stables go to ruin and knew that she had to come up with an idea to use the stables and allow the memory of their beloved horses to live on…
Creating Makojalo Guesthouse seemed like the right thing to do!
Construction and remodeling of the 16 stables started in 2009 and seven months later in May 2010, the 10 en-suite rooms were completed and Makojalo guesthouse opened its doors for the first time.
The rooms are named after some of the horses which used to be stabled here. Louise believes that the horses still have a special presence in the stables:
“They are such magnificent and sensitive creatures. I still remember everyone’s story:
Klein Ansie: not the prettiest mare, but mother to the most beautiful little foals. They were so naughty. She never disciplined them. Her second foal was struck by lightning and I will never forget how she wouldn’t leave the little foal’s body, mourning its death…
Somare: our abused orphan. We bought her to save her life.”
When Louise’s sister needed a suitable venue for her 50th birthday party, she suggested the magnificent wide guesthouse passage, separating the rooms.
Never part of the plan, Makojalo added to its features list: function venue!
Eventually, two years later and after having hosted a variety of functions and weddings, Louise realized that there was a great demand for a bigger venue and, as a result, the old barn and tractor sheds were converted into The Barn venue and Chapel, respectively.
Makojalo Venue & Guesthouse has since become a favourite destination for get-aways, functions and weddings alike. We have had the privilege of being part of and witnessing very special moments in many people’s lives and also of having met the most amazing people.
Our aim is for our guests to leave, having experienced something special, something different and honest, from the heart…
A blessing and a privilege!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, Louise and the rest of your team for Wednesday’s event. It’s such a pleasure working with you.
Gill Kabe,Business Development Manager, Nedbank Private Wealth
Ek wil net graag baie baie dankie sê vir die amazing tyd wat ons by julle gehad het. Ons was so bevoorreg om ons troudag by julle te kon hê en ons waardeer al die moeite, vergunning en hulp wat julle vir ons en ons ouers verleen het. Dit was alles wat ons gedroom het dit sou wees.
Julle plek en julle span is great!
JT en Annette
Ek wil net weer dankie se vir al julle moeite en die professionele manier waarop jy alles gereël en hanteer het.
Ons waardeer dit opreg en sal defnitief in die toekoms weer van die venue gebruik maak.
Dorette Brits, FSP Consultant, Prudential Investment Managers
Vriendelikste gasvrou in SA, puik verblyf en heerlike ontbyt!
Ons is hartlik ontvang en het die verblyf so geniet. Die opstal is netjies, oudtyds en baie huislik. Ons het welkom en baie tuis gevoel, soos daardie advertensie op TV: “Amper in ons japonne kom aansit vir ontbyt”.