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“Absolutely Excellent”
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Maqueda Lodge
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Melbourne, Australia
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49 reviews
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“Absolutely Excellent”
Reviewed February 18, 2014

What can I say but - WOW! Without overstepping his mark, Francois did everything to make my stay an absolute pleasure. I cannot say enough to recommend anyone to stay here. The accommodation, the meals, the family atmosphere, everything was perfect.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, February 20, 2014
Thank you so much for your fantastic review Barry it is my greatest joy if people make beautiful memories on their holiday with us because that will stay with you forever
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White River, South Africa
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

It was a wonderful weekend for me and my husband. Thank you for your hospitality and great food. It was nice to meet other guests from all over the world. It is so nice and quiet and just to enjoy the night sky.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Thanks so much for your kind review Karien and Stephan you guy are always welcome to visit us
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

"At home in the bush" is really the feel you get after a visit to Maqueda Lodge. My wife, Vaughan, and I were treated to a nights stay at Maqueda, by a friend who lives in the Lowveld, before going into the Kruger Park for a couple of days. From the time you arrive till the time you leave you will be treated like old friends by brothers François & Etienne and their staff. The lodge and the rooms have a relaxed 'colonial' feel with the bush only ever a few metres away. The rooms are very comfortable and beautifully furnished without going 'over the top'. Evening meals / dinners are taken at a large dining table where guests eat together and share experiences in a relaxed, informal, setting. The food was excellent and cooked by Etienne and his staff whilst François looks after the 'front of house'. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble for these people as the wish to make the stay of their guest a most memorable one is palpable.

Breakfasts are eaten on a mezzanine floor overlooking the bush and again are all you could wish for. There is something very special about this place and it stands out like an oasis within Marloth Park. On our experience we would certainly recommend this place to anyone going anywhere near the area, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Thank you very much for your excellent review Tim - we can't wait to have you guys back again
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Melbourne
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

Our stay here was fantastic. The lodge itself was relaxing and exactly what we were looking for. The food was fantastic and the staff very welcoming. Francois was particularly helpful and really engages with his guests to give you the best possible experience. I have already recommended Maqueda to my family members planning to travel next year!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, February 11, 2014
Hi Guys
Thank you so much for your positive review, you as guests really humble us with your compliments and we appreciate it with all our heart
Your parents already asked for a quote and will hopefully book soon thanks for that!
Warm regards
Francois
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

This fantastic lodge offers something very unique.Personal and perfect service by the extremely pleasant owner François. Gastronomic experiences by head chef Etienne. Beautifull rooms and surroundings with decor and atmosphere.Endless options if you want to do family dinner, safaris, wildlife watching or trips into the unknown. François will make it happen for you - and that at very reasonable prices. I have traveled all over South Africa for years, and The Maqueda Lodge is one of the best experiences I ever had. I will return.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, February 9, 2014
Thank you so much for your very kind review Michael - you were such an excellent guest and it was very nice to have your family here too Hope to see you soon
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

I recently stayed at Maqueda Lodge for the 3 nights/4 day Safari package, which was a great value. The game drives and the walking safari were fantastic, and the lodge and rooms were very comfortable. The service at the lodge was excellent - Francois was a very helpful and welcoming host. The food at the lodge was also excellent - with huge portions! I would very much recommend Maqueda Lodge.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Muizenberg, South Africa
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Reviewed December 27, 2013

My stay at Maqueda was one of my best holidays yet! The hospitality was warm and the dinners with other guests were a highlight of my time there. The food was five-star quality and the rooms were lovely and comfortable. I can't say enough good things about Maqueda Lodge! Thank you to the staff, especially Francois, for making Maqueda feel like home.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Maqueda Lodge
Address: 1791 Geelslang, Marloth Park 1340, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Marloth Park
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Marloth Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Maqueda Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maqueda Lodge is a "Bare Foot" Luxury Boutique Lodge that offers the highest standard of service in a tranquil exclusive private venue. Nestled in the heart of the Wild Frontier,in Marloth Park on the southern border of the Kruger National Park, this family run lodge only accommodates twelve guests in plush and beautifully decorated interior. Enjoy our excellent cuisine that will nourish you after a long day on safari. We offer very rewarding safaris into Kruger in our open game vehicle with our guide or take one of our many tours exploring Swaziland, Maputo Mozambique or the breathtaking Panorama route tour. Maqueda Lodge offers a one stop holiday destination that you will never forget ... more   less 
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