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Needles Lodge
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Reviewed January 4, 2011

Needles lodge is a very cosy lodge, very comfortable. Nice wooden terrace that makes you think you are living an "out of Africa" fairy tale. The rooms are large and fully equipped. 1 small remark: there is no door between the bathroom and the sleeping room. This is sometimes inconvenient if you share the room with a friend.
The owners of the lodge are terrific people. Very friendly, concerned about the animals, helpfull. They have a family of warthogs at the premises and also kudu come very nearby. I loved it!
The food is all you would expect and so much more.
We also arranged a full day safari in Kruger with them, and we really had a wonderfull day. The guide knew everything, did lots of efforts to show us animals, tracks,..;
Absolutely a place you should go if you are in the area!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank inge_t
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Reviewed April 26, 2010

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!

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

It is a cliche to say that we were "treated like family" -- but in this case it is no exaggeration. The Needles chef baked a birthday cake for our daughter and Gary, Alta and the staff serenaded her with "Happy Birthday" wishes; my kids sat on the couch into the evening with Gary talking about wildlife and South Africa; and the famous Needles warthogs really do act like family pets. From the Needles deck we saw bush babies, huge kudu, zebra, giraffe, wildebeast, baboons and other animals. Our kids fed zebra and kudu.

It seemed like we were taking a bit of a chance booking with Needles Lodge simply because it wasn't listed in any of the major international tour guides and, frankly, because it was so much less expensive than the game lodges that were listed in guidebooks. Our only real source of information were a handful of TripAdvisor reviews. But we are so glad we did. We could not agree more with the other lodgers who stayed at Needles and have reported that they had a wonderful time.

The rooms are great and the food was wonderful.

Like some others, we used Cliff as our guide and he was great -- very friendly, funny and knowledgeable.

PS -- One small piece of advice. There are beautiful modern highways getting you close to Marloth Park and within it -- but take it easy on the short stretch of gravel road connecting Marloth Park to the main highway.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank Steve_R_DC
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Reviewed March 8, 2010

We were driving up to the Kruger for 6 nights from Swaziland and decided to stay one night near Crocodile Bridge before entering the park. Needles Lodge is situated just off the N4 and is a little gem. Our hosts were helpful and informative, the lodge clean and well run and the evening meal on the wooden deck with zebras and warthogs for company made a one night stopover into a very pleasant stay. We enjoyed every minute.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank donCapeTown
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Reviewed July 27, 2009

Recommended by our friends, we arrived in Needles Lodge, in the middle of the Bush in a private park, greeted by a curious warthog and by Gary& Alta. And, there the "show" started. Out on the Lodge's Deck we sat enjoying a cold beer and watch all the wild animals come greeting us wellcome! Ever tapped a wild 200 kg Kudu on the muzzle? And still have your fingers? I have! Zebras, mungoos, bushbabies and those ugly, dirty, but sooo funny warthogs! "Forget the full-moon romantic silent night in the Bush" - feeling, with snoring Warthogs under your Deck!
We were extremely lucky. We were there off-season, the only guests. Treated by Gary & Alta as Royalties, as long awaited personal friends.We had the 3 night/2-day tour-package in Krugerpark. That meant that the royal treatment was going on all day, the day in the park, the evening on the Deck with outstanding dinners in a warm and friendly atmosphere, watching all the animals.
In the early mornings, we went to Krugerpark in an open 4x4 as the only guests with our really professional guide Lelaine. Few other tourists, so we had the front seat to all the scenery. Can you imagine how big the head of a male lion is from 1½ meter??
Needles Lodge was for us a wonderful experience! Everything was perfect! The Lodge in itself is beautiful and cosy; the room was clean, the beds wonderful, excellent food, friendly staff ! And, finally, something you all will like, The Bill!
Don't hesitate! Go there!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank tjalle
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