I’m pleased to be the first to review Needles Lodge in Marloth Park, South Africa. My husband and I read about it on Safari Now and decided to give it a chance.
Needles Lodge is situated in the middle of a private game reserve abutting the southern part of Kruger National Park. Its location makes access to the park and neighboring Mozambique and Swaziland, easily accessible. Best of all, there are animals wandering through the reserve and on to the grounds of the lodge. During our stay we saw baboons and were visited a couple of times by friendly zebras.
There are only six room available at Needles, so it’s quiet and private. The owner, Mike, lives there and is a very amiable and knowledgeable host who will tailor the food and activities too meet your needs. We made it our routine each night before dinner to join him in the lodge’s main common room, watch CNN with a glass of wine, and talk about the news.
We had meals outside on the deck with the other guests. Breakfast featured lots of good food including eggs made to order. Dinners were excellent, and they even made special dishes for me as a vegetarian, which I so appreciated. The chef, Washington, is a genius.
Before we arrived, we booked three day-trips: Kruger Park, Maputo in Mozambique, and Swaziland. We had the same tour guide each day, a young knowledgeable guy named Cliff. He was an excellent guide, and if you’re lucky enough to get him before other guests you won’t be disappointed. We highly recommend the three trips we took – each was totally unique and memorable. Kruger, of course, is not to be missed. Don’t miss the excellent seafood lunch at the Costa do Sol in Maputo, overlooking the Indian Ocean, or the interesting architecture by Gustav Eiffel (of tower fame). Swaziland in particular was the perfect place to do gift shopping in the beautiful shops that sell unique jewelry, mohair wool, crafts, Swazi candles (great!), and more. There is a fourth option – a panoramic tour – which we did not do but is surely as good as the others. We stayed four nights which was a perfect length to get in the three trips, making it a diverse three-country experience. Having a driver and guide (Cliff) meant not having to deal with the difficulty of driving on the right side and hassles of some border crossings on our own.
The charm of Needles Lodge is that you really are out in the bush. Its remoteness means not having a TV or phone in the room, but we didn’t mind that at all. And it really is a tiny sacrifice when what you gain is being able to pet zebras outside your room. You can’t put a price on that!
Emily and Adam, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to five-star service at three-star rates You deserve to give back to yourself and your loved ones. You deserve to reconnect. And what better way to do so than at an affordable four-star game lodge in the African bush. Up close and personalWarthogs, giraffe, zebra, kudu, wildebeest and impala wander around Needles Lodge. As you get up close and personal with them, you will experience their lives – and the heart of the African bush. At this warm, owner-run lodge, your comfort, your experience, and your needs are our top priority. As one visitor said, "You looked after us beautifully" – see 'Reviews'. Food, wild animals on your doorstep, peace and tranquility At Needles Lodge, delicious local cuisine, African hospitality, and tranquility complement country-style luxury, resulting in the experience of a lifetime. Your time in the African bush, at Needles Lodge, will revitalise you and your loved ones.Your memories – the animals, the people, the sounds, tastes and scents of the African bush – will live with you for the rest of your life. A bouquet of optionsIf you're looking for a peaceful retreat, escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life; enjoy the hospitality, relax, and soak up the sun at the pool. Or let Needles Lodge be your launching pad to the following day trips – see 'To Do':Kruger National Park (safari in one of the largest and oldest game reserves in the world) Mpumalanga province (landscape, culture, nature, wildlife) Mozambique (craft markets, architecture, history, African/Portuguese cuisine)Swaziland (tribal dancing, bushman paintings, crafts, culture, nature, wildlife)Needles Lodge is located in Marloth Park, a private nature sanctuary in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Marloth Park is situated on the border of the Kruger National Park, and is neighboured by Mozambique and Swaziland. Opportunities for close-up animal interaction.With Kruger Park in the 'back garden', Needles Lodge is the perfect launch-pad for your safari trip. Stay a few days, enjoy the hospitality, take a day-trip to discover the diverse attractions in the province of Mpumalanga or, if you're looking for a peaceful retreat, simply relax by the pool and escape the hustle and bustle of every-day life. ... more less
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