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Needles Lodge
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We are just back from a flying visit to my old homeland! Staying at Needles Lodge for 3 nights with my wife & kids was the highlight of our trip...Dennis and Gail and all the Needles staff were absolutely brilliant ... The lodge itself is fantastic and the intimacy of only 6 guest rooms made it even more special. The food was home cooking at its very best and sitting at the communal dining table to enjoy it with the other guests and staff was most enjoyable. For the short time we spent there; the Early morning walk & Full day game drive to Kruger as well as cycling in Marloth park along the banks of the Olifants river were really special. And enjoying all the animals that visited Needles was the cherry on top of our "Out of Africa experience"
I guess the only question is when we will return...for at least a week and combine it with an expedition to Mozambique... Thanks again, Warren, Karen, Blair & Kate
Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2014

Hi Warren & Karen,

Thanks a million for your wonderful review! We had a fun time with you and your family and missed you for days when you left. Always good to have South African living abroad visiting the homeland and enjoying the experience with us! We look forward to welcoming you back and arranging the Mozambique adventure for you! Warm regards, Denis, Gail, Wesley & the team.

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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We are just back from 4 nights of first class service and hospitality at Needles Lodge. Denis, Gail and Wesley (wee man) make you feel at home as soon as you walk in the door. We had some great conversations over dinner (the food is very good) and more than a few glasses of inexpensive wine.

We took the safari package with Dylan, the duracell bunny who is passioante about Kruger and his job. A full day safari means a full day safari, tiring but worth it as you see so much more with a professional guide

An amazing experience, thanks guys

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2014

Dear I&E,
What a wonderful review! Thank you very much for the kind words and for choosing Needles for your Safari break. We look forward to seeing you back here in the future or perhaps visiting you in Scotland! Wee Man sends his best regards as do the zebra & warthogs. Thank you again and all the very best. Warm regards, Denis, Gail, Wee Man & the team.

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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Wonderful experience. The managers and employees are very kind. The environment very nice. The food - compliments to the cooker - and services are nice. The proximity to Maputo in geographic distance and the exciting environment are quite good for relaxing.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

Dear Momade,

Muito obrigado, it was great to meet you and your lovely family. We had some very interesting talks and we enjoyed your company. We look forward to seeing you here again in the future. Warm regards, Denis, Gail and the Needles team.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

My wife and I visited Needles for 4 days through New Years 2014. Upon our arrival we were received extremely well by the staff and the innkeeper, Wesley. and were immediately made to feel at home. Our room was very clean and comfortable. Arriving for dinner we were seated with the other guests at a long table which was unexpected. At first we were a little taken back but after our first dinner we came to cherish the nighty communal dining ritual and also the excellent food that was served. We met some wonderful people. Needles had a very good wine-list with very reasonable prices and though they could have charged much more due to their remoteness of their property they never capitalized on overcharging for drinks or wine. Prices were very reasonable. The nicest part of our experience was the personal touch of the owners of the property who dined with us nightly and looked after us as if we were their most special guests. They personanly took care of our daily activities ensuring the best excursions were made available to us ensuring prices were reasonable as well. My wife and I travel extensively and it has been many many years since we have been treated to such great, professional and warm hospitality. Denis, Wesley, Gail and staff you made our holiday most pleasurable and will most certainly come back again. We congratulate you on creating such a unique, professional and warm experience for unsuspecting travellers like us. Thank you and best wishes.

Lionel and Eustina (Vancouver, Canada)

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

Dear Lionel & Eustina,
Thank you for such a kind and flattering review! It makes our job worthwhile when we get such kind and positive feedback from guests. Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you at Needles again! All the best, Denis, Gail, Wesley & the team.

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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We have had a fabulous stay at Needles Lodge. We were there from 10/01/2014 until 23/01/2014 on our honeymoon with our 5 year old daughter.

Denis, Gail and their entire staff who gave us a great welcoming and accommodation!
We would in particular like to emphasize the high quality of the food and wines served, which were absolutely delicious (including the morning special omelets from the great cook, Vusi!). Ask one and you will experience an omelet you have never eaten before in your life!
The rooms and facilities are beautiful and very nicely decorated with a genuine African style.
All comfort guaranteed (air-conditioning, fans, instant coffee or tea in the room, tissues, etc.)
What you see on the Needles Lodge website is nowhere near of what you can expect in real! Although the website is very well done, the reality at Needles is breath taking. You are really in the middle of the African bush! The animals in Marloth Park are free to run everywhere they want, wich brings some nice surprises.

You can really see all kinds of animals (bush babies at night, genets, gnus, warthogs, zebras, impalas, kudus and so much more) coming very close to the main deck, offering the guests an unforgettable spectacle during evening dinner!
Needles Lodge offers a very flexible and creative menu with lots of different activities, including a whole day safari drive in Kruger Park in an open vehicle (absolutely recommended and "must do" - you see and experience so much more than with a self-drive).

We also did a fantastic sunset cocktail with a view on the Crocodile River. Also we went in the Highveld escarpment on the Panorama Tour, during which we saw the “Blyde River Canyon”, world’s third biggest and green canyon in the world. Breathtaking! On the way back to Needles, a bit further it is almost mandatory to stop at the Mac Mac Falls.

At Needles Lodge, you are very close to the Mozambican border (+- 20km). We highly recommend you to visit Mozambique. Different possibilities here, such as a daytrip to Maputo (city with a lot of the old Portuguese historical heritage) or short journey in Xai Xai.
We stayed for a couple of days in a nice villa with sea view, at Xai Xai Eco Estate and Reef Resort, offering a 5 star accommodation, not even mentioning the “Café Pescador”, the beautiful restaurant directly attached to the resort. Scot and Judy (partnering with Needles Lodge) will reserve you a warm welcome. The food (especially the fish of the day) is highly recommended. Again, you face a breathtaking view on the unspoiled dunes and magnificent sea behind. Ask Denis for a personalized program and offer.
We would more than highly recommend staying at Needles Lodge if you are looking for a varied, cosy, very personalized and amazing holiday with a hospitality that will offer you an unforgettable experience! Also absolutely recommended with little children (as from 4 or 5 years old).

Jean-Philippe & Dionne Van Aelst in Brussels (Belgium)

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2014

Dear JP, Dionne & Olivia,

We had a very special time with you guys and really enjoyed sharing our bit of Africa with you! Thank you very much for the fantastic review. We look forward to seeing you here again in the future. Best regards, Denis, Gail and the Needles team.

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Reviewed 21 January 2014

We visited Needles in December 2013 and we could not have had a better time. Dennis, Gail, Wesley and staff made our stay perfect, the food was FIVE star. The relaxed atmosphere that all the team at Needles deliver was the ideal setting for our visit. Trips to Kruger, God's Window and other activities are offered by the team. Denis and Gail got married at Needles, their pictures showed a great setting for weddings for those who are seeking "the perfect wedding in a unique setting". Can't wait to go back. Zac and Ingrid Robinson

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

Dear Zac & Ingrid,
Your review is most kind, thank you very much. We enjoyed having you spend time with us and are very happy that you had a great time. I hope the rest of your trip in SA was just as much fun! Best regards, Denis, Gail, Wesley and the team.

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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Needles was incredible! Gail, Denis, Wesley and their staff were so friendly and welcoming! The food was delicious and they took such good care of us. The rooms and facilities are beautiful and clean. There were lots of different activities to including whole day safari and a sunset drive. Denis does a great mountain bike ride too which was fantastic. We were in South Africa for 3 weeks and our stay at Needles was certainly one of the highlights. I would highly recommend staying there!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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DenisGof, Owner at Needles Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2014

Dear Irene & Mark,
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys were wonderful to have stay with us and everyone missed you when you left. The bike ride was most enjoyable for me too. Your kindness to the staff and your lovely letter on departure were most appreciated. We hope to see you here again one day. All the best for the future. Denis, Gail and the team.

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Address: 340 Bushpig Avenue, Marloth Park 1320, South Africa
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Region: 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 33 Speciality Lodging in Marloth Park
Price Range: £109 - £126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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