The SpaceLocated in the province of Mpumalanga, Needles Lodge is nestled in Marloth Park, a nature conservancy bordering Kruger National Park. Needles offers traditionally-styled, rooms with a patio. It features a poolside entertainment terrace and a country-style lounge area. Kruger National Park is within a 25-minute drive away.
The air-conditioned rooms have sliding doors that open onto the wooden patio. They are equipped with an extra length king size bed, sofa and a desk. Each room has a private bathroom with a large bath, shower and free toiletries.
Needles Lodge serves a dinner and a buffet breakfast daily, which can be enjoyed in the dining room or on the poolside terrace. The honor bar serves a selection of beers and refreshments.
Guests can sunbathe on the sun deck chairs or walk through the tropical garden. Indoors, the lounge area has a satellite TV, and a selection of books. The tour desk can organize activities such as day tours, game drives and hiking.
Lionspruit Game Reserve is a 3-minute drive away by car. Komatipoort Aerodrome is a 25-minute drive away. An airport shuttle service is available upon request and the Lodge offers free private parking on site.
Guest AccessHome to nature, to rest
How to unwind and reconnect: Imagine yourself on a deck, under a giant marula tree. In its shade, you relax as you look out over the South African bushveld. Occasionally, you take a dip in the swimming pool next to the large entertainment deck. Feeling relaxed yet? It awaits you.
Be wined and dined
Find out why South Africa is famous for its fine food and wine. Taste the freshest of sea-food, caught in neighbouring Mozambique, known for its prawns, crayfish, clams and line fish. Also taste the beef and 'braais' that Mpumalanga province is so famous for. At Needles you will savour the best of these – and the best roasts in the country.
A full South African breakfast and a three-course dinner are served daily as part of our offering. Guests may also arrange to have lunch either in the open plan kitchen/dining room or outside on the deck, under the shade of the giant marula tree.
Denis and his staff will take care of your specific dietary needs and tastes with enthusiasm and flair. Letting them know in advance is all that will be needed from you.
Let Denis – a lover of good wine – take you on a taste tour of the Cape's best. Or you can choose from the many beers, spirits and soft drinks on offer in the fully licenced bar.
Relax and chat over a coffee or a drink in the central living and dining area, or –
Sink into a country-style luxury couch or arm-chair with a magazine, novel, history or safari coffee table book, available from the extensive library
Watch cable TV – with satellite DSTV, offering a choice of sports channels, Discovery Channel, CNN, Sky and BBC – and DVDs
Listen to a variety of music CDs and DVDs
Play one of the many games available.
Be as connected as you need to or want to be, with telephone, fax, Internet and email access at your disposal.
And cared for
A full laundry service is available to you as just another way of ensuring that your time is for you.
All in luxury
All rooms are air-conditioned and have ceiling fans
Bathrooms are en-suite, with extra-large baths and separate standing showers
Amenities include hairdryers, coffee and tea
The central entertainment area exists for your enjoyment
Beautiful picnic hampers, full of joie de vie (the joy of life), can be arranged.
Interaction with GuestsGuests all receive a personal welcome from the owner or Manager. A warm face cloth and a welcome drink are standard. Meals can be communal or at your own table; your choice. The NeighborhoodFree activities for our lodge guests
Walk or jog in Marloth Park and on the banks of the Crocodile River
Marloth Park – home to Needles Lodge – shares a 15 km border with the mighty Crocodile River and the Kruger Park. Enjoy a walk or a jog in the bush and along the Crocodile River. You could spot the Big Five, crocodiles, hippopotamuses and many other game species. Explore and learn about the different indigenous trees, grasses and wild flowers growing in Marloth Park's 4300 hectares. Sit with your binoculars at one of the hides or viewpoints, and see what strolls by.
Sightings of over 300 bird species have been recorded in Marloth Park. Join the many guests who have used our birdlife reference books to get acquainted with them. Get up close with your camera and record your memories of the wonderful species that are endemic to this region. Learn the various bird calls, and see how many species you can identify.
Needles Lodge is situated between the two main southern entry points to the Kruger National Park – 35 km to Malelane Gate and only 30 km to Crocodile Bridge Gate. This makes for quick, easy access to the Park for day trips, with time enough for you to view its southern – most popular – part. The Lodge's management will go over the maps with you, and where required give advice, including our guides' advice on the latest sightings of the Big Five.
Mozambique and Swaziland trips
Apart from its easy access to the Kruger National Park, Needles Lodge is the ideal springboard for your day trips to Mozambique and Swaziland. It is also a perfect stopover for travellers leaving these countries for either shopping trips or continuing holidays.
Maputo, Mozambique's capital is a wonderful experience. Tour the city with its wonderful architecture and history, visiting the various craft markets. A trip to Maputo would not be complete without enjoying the finest African/Portuguese cuisine, which incorporates in some of the finest sea-food and traditional fare on the Costa Do Sol beachfront.
Swaziland is also just an hour away, and this day trip offers a different yet equally enjoyable experience. Visit traditional cultural villages, see bushman paintings, visit art and craft centres, and view the beauty of one of Africa's last remaining kingdoms.
If you would prefer escorted tours to both Maputo and Swaziland, these are easily arranged.
Optional guided activities – just ask and we will plan them for you
Kruger Park game drives
If you want to experience a full-day safari or a night drive into the Kruger National Park, just ask us and will gladly arrange it for you. Or you might want to go on a nature trail or bush walk led by qualified park rangers. You choose, and we will arrange it.
You could arrange with us to enjoy a full- or half-day safari with a qualified ranger in either an open or an air-conditioned vehicle.
Leave Needles Lodge at 05h00 in the summer, or 05h30 in the winter. Enjoy the African sunrise, and see the first game on the plains. Perhaps be one of the lucky few, and experience predators on the hunt. At approximately 10h00, stop and have a delicious cooked breakfast at a water hole, where you can see mighty herds of wildebeest, elephant and other game that come to quench their thirst. Spend the whole day discovering the ‘Big Five’ and learning about the wonders of nature in its truest form.
The game drives concentrate on the southern region of the Kruger National Park, because this is internationally recognised as the best game viewing area for the Big Five. Visit Skakuza or Lower Sabie, the main rest camps, where curio shops are situated. Return to the comfort of the Lodge at approximately 17h30.
Leave the lodge at approximately 16h00, and drive with a professional guide in the Kruger Park at night to spot the nocturnal animals of Africa. Experience the opportunity of seeing many owl species, genets and other elusive animals that only wander out after dark. Return to the lodge at approximately 21h00, where a sumptuous dinner will await you. These drives are undertaken only by South African National Park's guides, but we will make the arrangements for you.
You could play golf at either the famous Leopard Creek, Malelane Country Club or the Komatipoort Golf Club, all of which are within a 30-minute drive from Needles Lodge. Or you could play at one of the golf courses in and around the town of Nelspruit.
Enjoy a half or full day fishing for tigerfish at nearby (only 30 minutes' drive away) 'hot spot', the Komati River. If you are a deep-sea fishing enthusiast, full-day fishing charters can be arranged out of Maputo, Mozambique. Visas and picnic baskets can be arranged by management at the Lodge.
Leave Needles Lodge at 07h00. Stop at Longtom Camp, and then on to Sabie to enjoy breakfast at 09h00.
Lone Creek Falls
Mac Mac Falls
Blyde River Canyon
Bourke's Luck Potholes
Getting AroundNeedles Lodge is situated in Marloth Park, a private residential game reserve approximately 4.5 hours' drive from Johannesburg on the south eastern border of the Kruger National Park, in the province of Mpumalanga.
Marloth Park is situated 5 kilometres off the N4 freeway between the towns of Malelane (30km or 20mins drive) and Komatipoort (20km or 15 minutes' drive). There are two entrances to the Kruger National Park within a 40-minute drive from Marloth Park, namely, the Malelane Gate or the Crocodile Bridge Gate. Directions are available from the Lodge, so please just ask Denis.
Take the N4 highway towards the town of Nelspruit. By-pass Nelspruit and follow the signs towards Malelane and the Mozambique border. Pass through Malelane and continue on the N4 for approximately 29km. turn left at the clearly marked sign for Marloth Park. Continue on the dirt road for approximately 5km until you come to the entrance to Marloth Park.
After entering through the gates of Marloth Park, drive 1,5km and turn right into Soetdoring Avenue. Follow this dirt road for another 300 metres and veer to the left into Bush Pig Avenue. Drive for 200 metres and you will see the sign for Needles Lodge on the right hand side of the road.
As you come through the Komatipoort border post, follow the N4 for about 25km and then turn right at the Marloth Park sign and follow the directions as above.
For travellers who choose to fly into O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, there are domestic flights to the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) approximately 90 kilometres from Needles. We will arrange a collection and transfer to the Lodge or, alternatively, you can hire a car through reputable car rental companies located at the airport. In addition, for travellers in a rush there are charter flights available from numerous airports in South Africa to the TSB Airfield in Malelane, just 20 minutes' drive from the lodge.
Mini-bus and coach transfers are available from both O.R. Tambo Airport and Johannesburg city as well as from Durban to Nelspruit or Malelane. Collection and transfer from the bus stop can be arranged with the Lodge by prior arrangement.
We are more than happy to assist in advising on the best travel arrangements to suit your requirements and budget.
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