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Reviewed April 18, 2010

We travelled here in March 2010 primarily to visit the Kruger National Park. We booked our accommodation through 'safarinow' and were lucky enough to stumble across Maqueda Lodge owned by the Van der Nest family. They kindly arranged personal transfers from KMIA airport to the Lodge and when we got to the lodge we were greeted by the whole family and a beautiful fruit juice (not to mention the various wildlife along the way).
We had read various stories about 'The Cooking Tenor' but were awestruck when served a fantastic 4 course meal by brothers Francois and Etienne only to be seranaded at the end by Etienne's beautiful version of 'Wind beneath my wings'. We knew after the first night we were in a very special place!
The Van der Nest family were so unbelievably hospitable throughout our stay and nothing was ever a problem. They arranged our trip to Kruger, Mozambique and the Panorama route. The guides they choose were also excellcent and we can highly recommend Heinrich and Nick as guides to the various attractions.
The lodge was so peaceful and quiet with nature all around you and you can't help feel completed rested by the time you've come home (even after BA strikes!)
We spent 6 nights here and had a different 3-4 course meal every night and they were all just unbelievably fantastic. The meals were made even better by the fact that you ate outside with the noises of lions behind you! They also had a lovely 'honesty' bar which was a really nice touch. Breakfasts were also excellent with lots of variety.
Though the Kruger National Park was truly amazing the highlight of our trip was undoubtedly staying as guests of the Van der Nest family at Maqueda Lodge! To Joyce, Francois and Etienne - Thank you and hope to see you again soon! Love Paul, Jane and Sandra

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 13, 2010

Scott & I have wonderful memories of Maqueda Lodge. Fate brought us all together as we hitched from Cape Town and were kindly picked up by Gerrit and delivered, in a rather dirty state, right to my grandparents cottage in Marloth. Our families have been friends ever since. When we decided to get married a few years later, Maqueda Lodge was the obvious choice for us and we have treasured memories of an immaculately planned and beautiful wedding and of the family that took such good care of us and our special day. Our extended family travelled from Canada with us, and were introduced to potjiekos and the african bush in such style. When our first child, Elizabeth Maqueda, arrived she became a reminder of our special day and of the importance of family and friends.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

We decided to spend our week end in the Kruger Park, and we finally get to Marloth Park. That was finally a really good decision, the park is really nice and close to the kruger park. The lodge is excellent, food is amzing, service is maybe one of the best I saw in south africa. This family lodge have got a really nice rate/ value.
Probably one of the best lodge I did in south africa...

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 22, 2010

We felt absoulutely delighted with our internet choice when we arrived at Maqueda Lodge - we were warmly greeted by this wonderful family (who all have a hand in the running) and instantly made to feel blissfully at home in the gorgeously decorated Lodge. The Breakfasts were superb and we had a truly wonderful stay. Every day at Maqueda held a lovely surprise - a couple of times a little buck came wandering up through the trees as we were cooling off in one of the plunge pools. We wish Francois and Ettienne and family every success, as it is well deserved!

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

After a stressful work week, staying at the Maqueda lodge was truly a relaxing experience, a real get-away from busy city life. The location was great, the place was so beautiful and the owners were very nice. They took good care of us. I highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a totally different experience. We also made new friends during our stay at the Maqueda lodge. This was one trip I will never forget and after two years of traveling around the world, my stay at the Maqueda lodge was one of the best.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with friends
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Thank RegieNJ
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