My husband and I had a fantastic time at Needles. Before we even arrived, Gary (the owner) was very helpful over email and gave me all the information I needed. As we did not rent a car, Gary picked us up from the bus station and took us to the lodge where we were greeted by his wonderful wife Alta and a family of monkeys! Other "guests" of the lodge were zebras and warthogs who came for snacks!
The rooms are great, the shower is wonderful, the outdoor space is beautiful, and the large indoor sitting/TV room is fantastic. The food was really great too. We stayed for two nights and were served a chicken florentine and an oxtail stew - both delicious! Breakfast was also wonderful.
Gary and Alta helped us arrange a safari with a wonderful guide and also directed us to walk down the street where we could see game and gaze right across the river to Kruger Park. At the end of the stay, Gary and Alta drove us to the border with Mozambique where we continued our southern African adventure. I would stay at Needles again and again!!! It is luxury without breaking the bank!
- 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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