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“AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE AT NEEDLES LODGE!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Needles Lodge
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Johannesburg, Michigan
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3 reviews
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“AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE AT NEEDLES LODGE!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

What a memorable experience! We spent three nights at Needles Lodge and just wished we could have stayed longer. Denis and Dawid both made us feel so at home and so relaxed. What wonderful hosts they both were. Everything was just perfect! The three course meals were amazing, as were the breakfasts - thanks to Vusi and his team. The visits from the Zebra, Warthogs, Wildebeest, Giraffe, Kudu and the Bush Babies just made our weekend! Our three night stay was so relaxing and peaceful in every way. So refreshing to experience such great service and good value for money. We are looking forward to our next visit to Needles Lodge and would never consider staying anywhere else. Highly recommended in every aspect!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Sharon C
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this review, June 21, 2013
Dear Sharon, Corinne & Zarina,
It was a real pleasure to have you back to stay at Needles. We had a fun time with you and were sad to see you leave! Thank you very much for such a kind & flattering review! We really appreciate it. We're looking forward to seeing you all back here soon.
All the best. Denis, Dawid and the team.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

What can I say that hasn't already been said about Needles Lodge? Denis and David are absolutely incredible hosts, they care deeply about the Lodge and about their guests. Our room was beautiful with the perfect touch of rustic. The grounds are well-maintained and so peaceful. Getting up close with zebras and other animals at the lodge was one of the highlights of the trip! Well, besides the meals. What a special experience to eat together by candlelight with the other (incredible) guests of the lodge, sipping wine as you watch the most adorable bush babies come to the deck for an evening treat. The food at Needles was better than many restaurants we've been to in the world. Denis's mother is a chef, so he grew up with great food and shares that passion with his guests. We will never forget our experience at Needles and couldn't recommend it more!!

As far as safaris - Denis arranged two full-day safaris for us, which were incredible! The guide was phenomenal with hawk eyes that helped us get 4 of the big 5 on the busy Easter weekend (we later learned this is probably the worst weekend to come do a safari in Kruger Park as all of South Africa is on holiday so the park gets VERY busy and the animals start retreating away from the road). We only missed the leopard, but we actually saw a cheetah which is far more rare. An incredibly special experience all around. Stop hesitating - book Needles!!! You won't regret it!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this review, June 10, 2013
Dear Liz & Corey,

Hope Amsterdam is still treating you guys well! A zillion thanks for the really great review. We loved having you guys here and are looking forward to your next visit.

Stay in touch and have a great summer.
All the best
Denis, Dawid & the crew...
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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

My wife and I have stayed at Needles three times and have had equally great experiences each time. Denis the proprietor is particularly hospitable, as is David, and both will make sure your stay is worthwhile. Denis often stays up with guests to socialize before, during, and after dinner and is a very interesting guy to hang out with. We've been warned to inquire as to whether safari lodges are actually located in the bush, since many claim to be but are actually on a busy road, but Needles truly is in the bush. Denis will make sure that you get wildlife visitors throughout your stay. He even has nicknames for his regular zebras, kudus, bush babies, etc. - who all seem to appreciate his hospitality as much as the human guests. My wife and I tend to have high food standards, and the food at Needles is also very good, with Denis paying meticulous attention to the quality. The rooms and main area of the lodge are overall very well kept and especially comfortable. I'd recommend this to any Kruger-bound traveler.

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Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Dear Alex & Nicole,

Always a pleasure to have you spend some time with us! Thank you for coming back and your very kind review. We're looking forward to your next visit on the 7th June with Nicole's family!
Best regards
Denis
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is a great place to stay and book your African Safari experience. The meals, lodging, and safari are outstanding. The meals are actually of gourmet caliber! They are served while watching the local wildlife! They are located about 15 km from Kruger National Park and this allows them to provide the safari experience without paying all the park fees.... this provides for an outstanding value. The owner Dennis and his assistant Davey go out of their way to help you feel at home and very welcome. Outstanding South African wines, cordials, and beer are always available at a very modest price! They have enlisted a very knowledgeable guide, Dylan to provide the most thorough of experiences in seeing all of the wildlife.

This is truly the place to consider for a most outstanding safari experience while enjoying great meals and outstanding hospitality.

Room Tip: The rooms are all great as they are a small entity...we used three during our stay and all were grea...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Len,

Thank you very much for your sparkling review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your Needles experience and to have you and your lovely family share the magic of the African bush with us!

We enjoyed your fine wines too! :)

Very best regards to you all,
Denis & Dawid
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

We ended up at Needles Lodge unexpectedly for two nights and it was a real treat. Denis is the consummate host - not too close, not too far. We loved the super close up contact with the zebra, warthog, kudu, bush baby, fruit bats and genet and the easy walk to the bird viewing hide. Sundowners on the deck with good wine, good conversation, and animals and the sounds of Africa all around are memories to treasure.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank MKL W
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Kylie, Mike & Lucy,

We were very happy that we were able to be your "Plan B"! Thank you very much for your lovely review, we appreciate your kind words.

Warm regards
Denis
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New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

I had the pleasure of spending three nights at Needles Lodge in April together with a friend. When we arrived we were greeted with a welcome drink and shown to our room which was lovely and spacious overlooking the swimming pool. Denis and Dawid could not have been better hosts and the rest of the staff were superb as well. We were asked upon arrival if we had any dietary needs, the food and the wine were out of this world. While we had our meals on the terrace we were visited by Zebras, Kudu, bush babies and wart hogs. Denis arranged two tours for us on the two full days we were there, the first was the full day safari which was truly enjoyable and believe it or not we managed to see the "big five" which doesn't happen that often. On the second day Denis took us on the "Panoramic Mountain Tour" with it's spectacular sights within a couple of hours of Needles Lodge.
I highly recommend Needles Lodge and would definitely return for a second visit, check our their Facebook Page which has some great pics

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Gigi B
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this review, May 4, 2013
Dear Gigi,

Wow what a fantastic review, thank you very much! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. We enjoyed having you and Ailsa as our guests and look forward to your next visit!

Also a big thank you for posting your Needles experience on Youtube!

Warm regards
Denis
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2013

After a weekend at Needles Lodge we felt we had been on holiday a week - it was such a relaxing experience. Our hosts David and then Denis made us feel right at home, dinner was like having a meal with friends.The highlight of our stay was the wild animals that frequent the lodge. A graceful kudu female pranced around the stoop, a warthog lay down a few metres away from us, not to mention the zebra and the bush babies and the genet and.......Denis took us for a mountain bike ride along the Kruger National Park fence where we saw elephant, buffalo, water buck as well as hippos. He shared his knowledge of the birds in the area as well as some wonderful animal facts. We had so many beautiful experiences amongst the African wildlife - it was as though they let us into their world as we spent quality time on the stoop at Needles Lodge. Thank you Denis. Thank you David. Heh, the food was great too!

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this review, April 21, 2013
Dear Angela & Patrick,
Thank you! It is always a pleasure to have bush and wildlife lovers like yourselves at Needles. We enjoyed your company and the great ride on the Crocodile River. We look forward to you guys coming back with all your cycling buddies!
Warm regards
Denis
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Property: Needles Lodge
Address: 340 Bushpig Avenue, Marloth Park 1320, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Marloth Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Marloth Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Needles Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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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