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“Sheer Excellence”
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Maqueda Lodge
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Wyong, Australia
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80 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Sheer Excellence”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

Words will never do enough justice to convey this amazing facility, service and atmosphere! We were very blessed to experience staying at Maqueda Lodge. Francois and his staff make you feel comfortable and welcome and like you never want to leave! The initial greeting from Francois makes you forget all about the long hours that you travelled to get there. The offer for a nice cold beer on arrival was very welcomed followed by a nice little tour of the lodge. We felt very spoilt and nothing was ever too much trouble. The lodge is very clean and lots of lounges to put your feet up and unwind listening to the sounds of nature. The food is amazing! I am a vegetarian and normally feel like I am "the odd one out" but felt really special and the meals were amazing! Top restaurant quality! While you are having dinner the wonderful staff pop into your room and turndown the bed and give you some fresh water for the night. All the little details all add up to the fantasic service. Overall the most amazing experience not only staying at Maqueda but for them to make us feel like we truly experienced the South African culture in a comfortable "family like" environment. Thank you and we cannot wait to come back and visit again one day!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Thank you so much for your amazing review Wend,y you and Michael were such easy and comfortable guests and it was so nice to have you guys here as our guests!
Thank you once again
Warm regards from Francois and the Maqueda Team
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Cologne, Germany
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

What a wow-experience! We had the best time at Maqueda and with its wonderful owners and staff. Everyone made us feel very welcome and comfortable and was extremely attentive. The whole place is amazingly decorated and simply stunning.
The three-course menu in the evening truly deserves a Michelin star and is a perfect ending to breathtaking days you can spend in Kruger NP. We enjoyed it at a big table with the other guests which was very pleasant.
We booked the 4 days/3 nights special which was just the right amount of time to spend in Marloth Park even though departing felt extremely difficult to us. This package is definitely recommended as it includes activities in and around the national park.
There was no wifi, which for us was actually quite a relief and helped us concentrate on the beautiful nature surrounding us.
We stayed in the honeymoon room and - misleaded by a previous comment - expected a little jacuzzi "en suite". This is not quite the case but we wouldn't have had the time to use it anyways. There are actually two jacuzzis while one is a little hidden away in the spa area so we could have privately used it anyways.
We left Maqueda with wonderful memories that will last forever and will gladly return any time! Absolute recommendation without any reservations! Thank you all again for everything!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, 7 April 2014
Thank you so much for your fantastic review Eva and for the valuable advice you have given travelers
Hope to see you guys again soon
Heartfelt thank you
Francois and team
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Carnarvon, Australia
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

My wife and I were extremely fortunate to have been accommodated at Maqueda Lodge for our five night stay at Kruger as part of a package. During our stay, the five other couples who stayed at varying times had specifically booked Maqueda - now we know why!
The Lodge is a small family-run affair with each individual, whether family or staff, being totally aware of your needs and comfort. Francois is a wonderful host, Etienne a superb chef, Cerrick and Joyce (Mum and Dad) delightful and all of the staff intent on presenting the Lodge in the most perfect way.
We were told to treat the facility as "home" and that is exactly as it was. I can say no more than, if we ever return to this fascinating part of the world, we will stay at Maqueda Lodge.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Dear Wally and Carol you two are really very special people and an example to all of us - celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary - what a blessing, It was sad to say goodbye knowing that we live so far apart and in such remote places, but it was a privilege to have had you guys as our guests and thank you so much for you very kind review Warm regards Francois and family which includes our fantastic staff
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Wiesbaden, Germany
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

Wanted the real Africa, and got it! It appealed to all senses and was a balm for the soul. Such a great place, great service, great Food and lovely people. Hope to get back soon. In february its end of summer with amazing green forrest everywhere.



  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, 12 March 2014
Thank you so much for your kind review, it is always so fantastic if you experienced what you were imagining it would be like in Africa We hope to see you again soon Warm regards Francois and family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

The lodge was beautiful with unusual rooms and lots of great communal spaces also. Francois and his family made us feel like family, we made good friends with both the staff and other guests and this was a real highlight. The trips into Kruger park organised by the lodge were also fantastic, especially in the willingness of the game driver to chase across the park because of a possible Cheetah spotting! The food and other available activities were also of high quality. A definite recommendation from us.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Rachel M
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Well you guys feel like family now Thank you so much for your kind review we really appreciate it so much and the reunion in Cape Town was a first and very special and appreciated Hope to see you guys soon Thanks again
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

You stay in so many places that you don't remember, and that's because they rarely have anything to set them apart. Maqueda has something to set it apart, the host Francois. And we will remember our stay for sure.
The family and staff work together brilliantly to make Maqueda a perfect destination from which to enjoy the southern Kruger. Everything works like clockwork to integrate the lodge with the various trips that are on offer. The owners are very flexible which is important when it comes to squeezing in a lunch for example. The lodge is in a great spot with lots of animals wondering around locally inc giraffe, zebra, warthogs and lots more. Dinners are brilliant with pre-dinner drinks around the boma and guests sharing a large table for dinner.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Thank you so much for your very kind review, we had a lot of fun with all of you here not to mention our unexpected but well planned reunion in Cape Town - It is fantastic to have guest departing from the lodge as real friends Thanks again for you guys and hope to see you soon
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Maqueda Lodge was a wonderful surprise (since we had no idea what to expect)! Our host, Francois, couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful, and the food (breakfast, lunch and dinner!) was spectacular. The lodge is a beautiful, comfortable African style building with a lovely casual atmosphere.The lodge is situated in a game reserve that borders the Kruger National Park, which is a fenced and wooded area with other lodges and holiday houses. It has all except the dangerous animals, making it possible to walk around the vicinity of the lodge and still see many of the animals. Francois took us on a game drive along the fence with the Kruger, where we saw some amazing things looking into the park. In addition, the game drives into the Kruger national Park with our guide, Kobus, were spectacular. Our stay there was one of the best holidays that we have ever had. It was delightful.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Francois-v-d-Nest, Owner at Maqueda Lodge, responded to this review, 24 February 2014
Thank you very much for your very complimentary review Michael it always makes it so much more rewarding when the guests enjoy their visits to us Hope to see you guys again
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Property: Maqueda Lodge
Address: 1791 Geelslang, Marloth Park 1340, South Africa
Region: 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 Speciality 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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