Reviews of Needles Lodge


"A wonderful weekend away"

(South Africa) Willem Ehlers | 17 June 2014

"We stayed at Needles Lodge for 3 wonderful nights. The lodge was so relaxing and welcoming. The staff made us feel so at home and the accommodation reflected this high level of comfort with all it's facilities.

The food was exquisite, the wine cellar impressive and the service irreproachable..."

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"We stayed at Needles Lodge for 3 wonderful nights. The lodge was so relaxing and welcoming. The staff made us feel so at home and the accommodation reflected this high level of comfort with all it's facilities.

The food was exquisite, the wine cellar impressive and the service irreproachable. Any guest would be ecstatic to stay here."


"Amazingly"

(South Africa) Amulda Erasmus | 22 September 2013

"Wow we had the best of times at Needles Lodge. Will most definitely return. Dennis a great host and all staff friendly and professional. "


"The place to be"

(Netherlands) Cindy De Wit | 25 November 2012

"This is the place to go if you need any accommodation in this area! The lodge and rooms are stunning as is the deck area and pool. The hosts are such lovely people who really do a lot to make their guests comfortable. They really give the lodge its homely feel. All the staff is very friendly and the..."

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"This is the place to go if you need any accommodation in this area! The lodge and rooms are stunning as is the deck area and pool. The hosts are such lovely people who really do a lot to make their guests comfortable. They really give the lodge its homely feel. All the staff is very friendly and the food is delicious. You can book nice excursions or go out on your one, with both your hosts will offer help and information if wanted. There is a lot of wildlife surrounding the lodge and they regularly come right op to the lodge, it's super. Next time we come to Africa we will certainly stay here again."


"Thank you so much"

(South Africa) Tessa Scher | 14 August 2012

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Needles Lodge primarily because the host Dennis was so co-operative. We were a family of nine people with difficult dietary requirements - one of the party being strictly kosher, some only eating kosher meat and one vegetarian who only eats free range eggs and does ..."

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"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Needles Lodge primarily because the host Dennis was so co-operative. We were a family of nine people with difficult dietary requirements - one of the party being strictly kosher, some only eating kosher meat and one vegetarian who only eats free range eggs and does not eat dairy. Denis ensured that all these requirements were met even going so far as to purchase kosher meat from Johannesburg and the food was always tasty. The lodge is lovely with animals like Kudu and wart hog coming right into the grounds."


"Great stay"

(South Africa) Gerko van den Berg | 22 May 2012

"A very pleasant lodge with great hospitality. Wildlife plentiful inside the reserve and interaction with kudu and zebra was a nice surprise. Very well situated between Malelane and Crocodile bridge entrances to Kruger National Park."


"Needles Game Lodge"

(South Africa) Cynthia Bezuidenhout | 29 May 2010

"My family & I ( 6 adults & 1 child) have just returned from a 5 night stay at Needles Lodge. We were treated like family by the owners, Gary & Alta, who went out of their way to accommodate us & to make our stay a memorable one. Nothing was too much trouble for them - their hospitality was outstandi..."

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"My family & I ( 6 adults & 1 child) have just returned from a 5 night stay at Needles Lodge. We were treated like family by the owners, Gary & Alta, who went out of their way to accommodate us & to make our stay a memorable one. Nothing was too much trouble for them - their hospitality was outstanding & the quality of the meals prepared by Alta & her staff earned nothing less than a 5-star rating. We saw numerous game inside the Kruger Park as well as around the lodge itself.

I have no hesitation in recommending this lodge to anyone."


"Needles Lodge"

(South Africa) Neville stocks | 2 October 2009

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Gary and Alta Barltrop were excellent, friendly and attentive hosts. The Lodge is beautifully appointed in a bush environment with close contact with wild animals and birds. It is a good base for the Crocodile Bridge and Malelane gates to the Kruger national Park."


"Wow, what a lovely lodge"

(South Africa) Randy Mavunda | 31 March 2009

"We stayed there for two days and we will definitely be coming back again. The hosts are very friendly and the small size of the lodge makes one feel like members of the family. The food is great. Enjoyed having breakfast with the warthogs, an experience every one should really cherish."


"Nice place. "

(Belgium) Erik Van Geel | 1 December 2008

"The tour guide for the Kruger park was also a professional. If we go back to this area in SA we will try to stay again at Needles lodge."


"Once in a life time"

(United Kingdom) Anonymous | 29 October 2008

"Waking up to zebra's behind the fence, warthogs and Impalas all around and bush babies jumping around us at night, made the stay at Needles lodge an amazing experience for our whole family (2 children - 6 & 2.5 years old). Friendly staff, comfortable rooms, good food...

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"I really enjoyed my stay."

(South Africa) Lesiba Matsiu | 28 September 2008

" It was a lovely experience."


"The Magnificent Needles Lodge"

(South Africa) Larry Fenzel | 18 August 2008

"You drive up to this unattractive abode from the rear. We were greeted by 6 zebra! Once you enter what is the back door, the whole world changes. What a magnificent place! A huge lounge area with a large railed deck with pool. 10 minutes after arrival we were feeding wild Kudo by hand! Gary and his ..."

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"You drive up to this unattractive abode from the rear. We were greeted by 6 zebra! Once you enter what is the back door, the whole world changes. What a magnificent place! A huge lounge area with a large railed deck with pool. 10 minutes after arrival we were feeding wild Kudo by hand! Gary and his wife were the most accommodating couple we have ever met. Unbelievable hospitality! We will be going back very soon with enough folks to rent the entire lodge( 6 double rooms). Can't put into words our experience! A must do!"


"Of course we're 70 but still romantic"

(South Africa) david doan | 17 August 2008

"Seeing a male kudu within 3m was fantastic....food superb, great company, host and hostess cannot be more accommodating. Will return.

Thanks for your assistance."


"Great time !!!"

(Brazil) Emanoel Nigri | 9 March 2008

"Gary and Alta are fantastic and our game driver Cliff was also great. The place is clean and the food is great. Recommended !!!"


"Very good"

(South Africa) Anonymous | 20 January 2008

"The staff were very welcoming

The service very good

The food was above the standard that we had experienced elsewhere

The air conditioning should be improved"


"Marvellous"

(Finland) Tarja Makinen | 4 January 2008

"We had a marvellous time at Needles Lodge. The place is beautiful and Mr Mike and his team made our stay unforgettable."


"Very good"

(France) Simon Daniel | 2 January 2008

"Very pleasant Gary for the housing and cooking and Cliff for safari made it very good."


"Rooms were fabulous!"

(United Kingdom) Joanna Morgan | 26 October 2007

"Had a great time at Needles. Location was great (saw Zebras on way in), staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms were fabulous! Food was excellent! Host was superb and helpful. Would love to come back again"


" Mike is a fantastic host"

(South Africa) Natalie Houseman | 24 October 2007

"Our stay was fantastic. We drove in, and although a little skeptical at seeing a lot of dirt roads, we were completely blown away.

It literally is a home-away-from-home. Mike is a fantastic host, always ensuring we were comfortable, giving us advice on what was around, getting strangers talki..."

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"Our stay was fantastic. We drove in, and although a little skeptical at seeing a lot of dirt roads, we were completely blown away.

It literally is a home-away-from-home. Mike is a fantastic host, always ensuring we were comfortable, giving us advice on what was around, getting strangers talking late into the night around a fantastic 3 course meal every night. Vusi, the chef, is brilliant, and you might even get the chance to feed the zebra that roam Marloth Park some bread at night.

I would do more than recommend Needles Lodge to anyone looking for an affordable place to stay in Mpumalanga...I'd insist they check it out."


"Recommended"

(United Kingdom) Carolyn Bouckley | 16 October 2007

"Only stayed 2 nights at the lodge but thoroughly enjoyed it. The first afternoon zebras and warthogs wandered into the grounds! The food was delicious, prepared by the lodge's chef, and all guests ate together which was good fun. Mike was an informed and very pleasant host. My park guide, Cliff,..."

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"Only stayed 2 nights at the lodge but thoroughly enjoyed it. The first afternoon zebras and warthogs wandered into the grounds! The food was delicious, prepared by the lodge's chef, and all guests ate together which was good fun. Mike was an informed and very pleasant host. My park guide, Cliff, was enthusiastic and helpful and good company on the day drive, the morning drive and transfers to and from the airport. "


"Our stay was fantastic"

(United Kingdom) Andrea Rose | 8 October 2007

"It is my second time to visit Mike and would recommend to anyone, The food.... well it like eating in a 5* restaurant every night. We spent 4 days in the park with Cliff as our guide, he is great company and a fantastic spotter, would recommend you book him for your drives.

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"It is my second time to visit Mike and would recommend to anyone, The food.... well it like eating in a 5* restaurant every night. We spent 4 days in the park with Cliff as our guide, he is great company and a fantastic spotter, would recommend you book him for your drives.

Thanks again Mike and Cliff for a wonderful holiday.

Andrea and Tracey

UK "


"A great 3 nights"

(United Kingdom) Merv Jenkins | 20 September 2007

"Mike was a gracious host - and anybody who looks at the pictures on the webpage and thinks they are fake are WRONG. We had zebras in the garden along with kudu and warthogs. Our guide Cliff was a great guy and very knowledgable."


"WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE"

(South Africa) Nicolene Stanley | 1 October 2006

"Needles Lodge, Mike and his staff compliment really looked after us and made us feel at home. Very professionally run but with a family feel to. Both myself and Dean thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We have already recommended the lodge to friends who are planning a trip in September. We will definately..."

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"Needles Lodge, Mike and his staff compliment really looked after us and made us feel at home. Very professionally run but with a family feel to. Both myself and Dean thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We have already recommended the lodge to friends who are planning a trip in September. We will definately re-visit. Thank you for Needles Lodge and SafariNow both. Nicky and Dean "


"Needles Lodge"

Anonymous | 1 October 2006

"Our family had a wonderful time at the lodge. It has the right balance between friendly welcoming service and peace and privacy. Mike was an excellent host and the arranged game drives were fabulous. Our children are 5 and 7 and were very happy with everything."


"Highlight of our SA Holiday"

Renate Roberts | 1 October 2006

"Our stay at the lodge,coupled with our two days in Kruger Park, was the highlight of our two week trip to South Africa. Before we even got to the Lodge, our host Mike suggested we drive thru the park for a few hours in the afternoon. We took a self guided tour, and we were richly reward. We saw up c..."

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"Our stay at the lodge,coupled with our two days in Kruger Park, was the highlight of our two week trip to South Africa. Before we even got to the Lodge, our host Mike suggested we drive thru the park for a few hours in the afternoon. We took a self guided tour, and we were richly reward. We saw up close every large and small animal we only hoped we might see when we decided to make the trip. By the time we left the park around five thirty, we could hardly wait to return the next mourning for our guided tour. When we arrived at the lodge we were warmly greeted by our host. Mike could not believe our good fortune that afternoon especially when he learned we saw wild dogs, the rarest animal sighting in the park. After our tales were told, we were escorted to our rooms. They were comfortable and well appointed. Everything was new. We were very pleased to say the least. After we settled in, we returned to the main room in the lodge. While a spacious room, this area is warm and comfortable . You can set around a large coffee table,sip some marvelous South African wine, and talk with fellow guests about your day in the park ,the uniqueness and natural beauty of South Africa,or the upcoming rugby match. Dinner that night was prepared by the best chef in South Africa. I can say without worry of contradiction that his onion soup is the best in the world. We eat dinner on the deck immediately outside the main room. That night at dinner we were joined by fellow guests including members of Mike's family who were spending that night at the lodge . Our food and dinner conversation made us feel as if we had been invited to a family dinner. What a wonderful time we had. We went to bed right afterward so that we could arise in time to meet our guide at five thirty the next morning. "


"Needles Lodge"

Anonymous | 1 October 2006

"Needles Lodge has a great location and offers excellent accommodation, personal service and great meals. "


"Rasheed and Rana's Eval."

(United States of America) rasheed shamma | 1 October 2006

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Needles lodge, the ease and speed of booking, the special consideration for food, the friendliness of staff and of course Mike. The safari arrangement could not have been with a better guide-Symon was excellent, by far the most knowledgable and friendly guide for th..."

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"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Needles lodge, the ease and speed of booking, the special consideration for food, the friendliness of staff and of course Mike. The safari arrangement could not have been with a better guide-Symon was excellent, by far the most knowledgable and friendly guide for the Kruger. We hope to come back,and bring our future Pride with us!"


"Great place, great company"

(United States of America) Mark McKinney | 1 October 2006

"We very much enjoyed our stay at Needles. From being greeted by three warthog, to meeting people from all over the globe, it was lots of fun."


"Dining with Zebra"

Anonymous | 1 October 2006

"Great food, welcoming hospitality, comfortable rooms and cosy beds which are needed after long days on safari. The guides (Simon and Cliff) provided comprehensive information and a great sense of fun and enjoyment. The communal dining and lounge areas are great for sharing experiences of safari and ..."

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"Great food, welcoming hospitality, comfortable rooms and cosy beds which are needed after long days on safari. The guides (Simon and Cliff) provided comprehensive information and a great sense of fun and enjoyment. The communal dining and lounge areas are great for sharing experiences of safari and day trips but may not suit those who are hoping for their own 'space'. The evening visits of local Zebra to the lodge made this a stay to remember ! "


"Good"

(Netherlands) Martin Wassenaar | 1 October 2006

"Nice food and accomodation. Only one slight downside....you couldn't walk around for a stroll....."


"Needles"

Anonymous | 1 October 2006

"Great facilities and warm hospitality. Zebra at the waterhole were an added bonus."


"SUPERB!"

(United Kingdom) sian keynes | 1 October 2006

"This is an absolutely fantastic and SPOT ON place to stay...you have all the luxury and serenity of the more exclusive lodges but at half the cost. This lodge is highly recommended by me and everything from the team of staff, the food and Mike the owner is extremely friendly and will do anything to ..."

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"This is an absolutely fantastic and SPOT ON place to stay...you have all the luxury and serenity of the more exclusive lodges but at half the cost. This lodge is highly recommended by me and everything from the team of staff, the food and Mike the owner is extremely friendly and will do anything to help you out. I would go again if possible."


"OUR STAY IN NEEDLES LODGE - MARCH 2006"

(United States of America) suzanne soderstrom | 1 October 2006

"WE RECOMMEND NEEDLES LODGE TO ANYBODY WHO LIKE FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE, PERSONAL ATTENTION AND GOOD FOOD. WE HAD A VERY GOOD TIME. MIKE IS THE BEST HOST AND CLIFF TOOK VERY GOOD CARE OF US DURING THE KRUGER PARK SAFARI THAT WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO DO. GREAT FOOD, GREAT WINES, GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY."


"Needles Lodge"

(United Kingdom) Eber Kington | 1 October 2006

"Mike was very helpful and made us very welcome. The staff were excellent and attentive. Food excellent. Arranged game drives with Heinrich were excellent - very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Room facilities very good, clean and spacious. No complaints at all. "


"38808"

(Czech Republic) Stepanka Christensen | 1 October 2006

"We stayed 3 nights at the Needles Lodge and enjoyed every single minute of it! Mike's hospitality, the cuisine and the overall atmosphere was marvellous. We had fantastic trips to Kruger park, Maputo and Swaziland with Cliff - an outstanding ranger! Hopefully we will return soon! "


"FANTASTIC"

(United States of America) Jason Mounts | 1 October 2006

"Couldn't have had a better time. Mike did an excellent job of putting together all of our activities, and was helpful beyond belief. The accommodation was great, and the food and staff were excellent! Would certainly recommend Needles to anyone preparing for a great South African Safari!! "


"Trip of a lifetime!!!"

(United Kingdom) Richard Curwen | 1 October 2006

"The 4 of us had the most amazing holiday. We were very spoilt at The Needles by Mike & his attentive staff (the food & wine were wonderful!). Cliff (christened Trev by our teenage girls) was our guide during our 4-day stay. He has a wide knowledge of the area and its inhabitants and managed to bag u..."

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"The 4 of us had the most amazing holiday. We were very spoilt at The Needles by Mike & his attentive staff (the food & wine were wonderful!). Cliff (christened Trev by our teenage girls) was our guide during our 4-day stay. He has a wide knowledge of the area and its inhabitants and managed to bag us 6 of the big 7 animals in the 1st day in Kruger! Needless to say we would thoroughly recommend all that Mike and Needles Lodge have to offer to make an African holiday complete."


"Very nice lodge - definitely to be recommended"

(France) MANUEL Christelle | 19 August 2007

"My wife and I spent two days at the Needles lodge. Very warm welcome by Mike, the owner, and his staff.

Very nice room, good food and what a surprise to see Zebras and Kudu coming into the garden of the lodge !!!

We had a really good time there. Do not hesitate to book a room. "


"Lovely place to stay"

(United Kingdom) Gillian | 23 July 2007

"The lodge is a lovely place to stay, a beautiful and peaceful setting. The safaris were very well organized and conducted and you will certainly not be disappointed with the food!!"


"Fabulous, private retreat!"

(Chile) Rita Delicato | 30 June 2007

"From the moment of my first inquiry to the moment we checked out, Mike was really attentive. The look on my parents face when they saw the lodge and the staff cooking our meal in the open kitchen was priceless.

The 20-minute drive from Kruger to the lodge is smooth and worth it, since you ar..."

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"From the moment of my first inquiry to the moment we checked out, Mike was really attentive. The look on my parents face when they saw the lodge and the staff cooking our meal in the open kitchen was priceless.

The 20-minute drive from Kruger to the lodge is smooth and worth it, since you are not staying with a bunch of people in an overrated hotel or lodge.

Would definitely reccomend it, specially for a family reunion.

5-star ambiance and service with 'neighborhood' friendliness and great food!"


"An excellent stay at Needles Lodge"

(Belgium) Georges and Murielle | 27 June 2007

"We really enjoyed our stay at Needles Logde. We thank Mike and his team for their warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and excellent food and wines. We also thank Cliff who organised two marvellous safari days in the Kruger Park."


"Great Vacation"

(Switzerland) Annegret Ulrich | 24 May 2007

"Our first trip to the Kruger Park was a great experience and we can recommend Needles Lodge to everybody, as we had a very nice room, met very friendly people and the food was excellent. It was absolutely fabulous.

Thanks a lot."


"Great Stay"

(Indonesia) Colin Thatcher | 22 May 2007

"This was a first visit to South Africa (Africa) for my Indonesian partner and what better place to introduce her to the African bush than Needles Lodge.

Mike is a gracious host and runs a tight ship. Vusi and Patricia are stars in the kitchen and catered for our every gastronomic wish. Hein..."

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"This was a first visit to South Africa (Africa) for my Indonesian partner and what better place to introduce her to the African bush than Needles Lodge.

Mike is a gracious host and runs a tight ship. Vusi and Patricia are stars in the kitchen and catered for our every gastronomic wish. Heinrich made our trip even more memorable, on the daily game drives, with his expert knowledge of the bush and animals, and as a result was able to offer us great sightings of the elusive 'big five' and many more.

The accommodation at the lodge is well appointed with excellent amenities.

My Indonesian partner summed it up well by saying that it felt like a home away from home and has not stopped babbling on about the great experience she had.

Mike, to you and your capable crew, once again many thanks, keep up the good work."


"Mirage in the bush"

(South Africa) Peter Visser | 14 May 2007

"The accomodation, the food and atmosphere enjoyed exceeded our expectations in this establishment which I would describe as a 'mirage' in the bush.

Truly grateful to Mike and his staff for making us feel so welcome and special thank you to Cliff for the game drive where we really obtained fir..."

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"The accomodation, the food and atmosphere enjoyed exceeded our expectations in this establishment which I would describe as a 'mirage' in the bush.

Truly grateful to Mike and his staff for making us feel so welcome and special thank you to Cliff for the game drive where we really obtained first hand knowledge of the Park and the wild life."


"Generous Lodge and pleasant host"

(Austria) Andreas Kiefer | 30 April 2007

"We spent four nights at the lodge and enjoyed the excursions with Cliff Butlin very much. "


"PERFECT!!!"

(United States of America) Dario Eskenazi | 24 April 2007

"Needles really exceeded our expectations. Mike is a fantastic host, warm and helpful and at the same time unobtrusive. The rest of the crew were fantastic. Washington cooked wonderful meals every single night. My daughter has special diet needs and he was willing to accommodate her every time. Thand..."

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"Needles really exceeded our expectations. Mike is a fantastic host, warm and helpful and at the same time unobtrusive. The rest of the crew were fantastic. Washington cooked wonderful meals every single night. My daughter has special diet needs and he was willing to accommodate her every time. Thandie and Patricia were very sweet and nice.

The rooms are beautiful, not too luxurious but very tastefully decorated, exactly what we like.

At dinnertime the fact that you sit at the table with the other guests makes it a perfect opportunity to meet other people and for good conversation while you sip a wonderful South African wine.

We couldn't have been happier with the place. My kids loved it.

The 2-day safari at Kruger was fantastic. We saw tons of animals on the first day. Cliff, our young guide was the best. Knowledgeable and funny, he knew all the corners of the park and was very sweet with our children.

What can we say? We would go back to Needles in a pinch. It made our vacation in SA even more special.

Thanks Mike!!"


"Needles anniversary"

(United States of America) Suzanne Stipek | 19 April 2007

"We had a wonderful time at Needles. Mike is a very gracious host and Cliff was a wonderful tour guide."


"Wonderful"

(South Africa) Susan Kara | 17 April 2007

"My mother and I had the most wonderful time at Needles. Mike is so very very accommodating and made our stay just worth everything. The food, the wine selection and the peace and quiet are fantastically in abundance there."


"Very Nice Stay"

(Switzerland) Ludovic Pernot | 15 April 2007

"My family and I had the pleasure to stay three nights at Needles Lodge. This was a very pleasant stay, with Mike being a very pleasant host, a very nice food and comfortable rooms. To make it better, Cliff the Ranger working with Needle Lodge will make your visit to the Kruger unforgetable. "


"Wonderful Stay"

(Netherlands) Caroline Vallender | 13 April 2007

"We had a wonderful 3 days at Needles. We especially enjoyed sharing dinner with other guests on the terrace each evening and comparing our days experiences. Great food, fantastic game drives (thanks Cliff) and Mike was a great host."


"Wonderful"

(Belgium) Robert-Jan Wirken | 7 April 2007

"Thanks again Mike and Cliff for a wonderful stay. We will recommend it anytime!

ps. still no leopard spotted :-( better luck next time"


"Highlight of our trip"

(United Kingdom) howard watson | 27 March 2007

"I am delighted to add my very favourable comments to those of others who have stayed at Needles Lodge near to Kruger National Park. Although I enjoyed Cape Town very much our 3 day safari was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip. Mike was a very hospitable host and the food and accommodation were..."

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"I am delighted to add my very favourable comments to those of others who have stayed at Needles Lodge near to Kruger National Park. Although I enjoyed Cape Town very much our 3 day safari was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip. Mike was a very hospitable host and the food and accommodation were first class and the staff were most helpful and attentive. Special mention should be made of Cliff our guide who managed to find every animal we could have hoped to see,with the exception of lions,who proved too elusive. We were spoilt in having Cliff almost to ourselves during our 3 day stay and it was an unforgettable experience for us city dwellers from England.They say you always want to return to the bush and I can endorse that sentiment.I would be delighted to return to Needles and have every intention of doing just that at some future date."


"Needles - Great"

(South Africa) Freddie Kuhn | 26 March 2007

"The lodge creates the bush atmosphere with all the luxuries and the food is just fabulous. You have to taste those potatoes!"


"Treated like Kings"

(South Africa) Henry Thom | 12 March 2007

"We did enjoy our stay at Needles. It was absolutely great, we were treated like kings both at the lodge and out on the game drives. The food was excellent, and the service was superb, hoping we can deal with you in the future.

Regards and thanks again "


"Amazing trip to South Africa"

(Canada) Heather Kenyon | 8 March 2007

"We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay while on our safari.

Thank you so much to all of the staff who made our trip a memorable one (especially Cliff.....thanks for keeping us safe when we got the flat tyre...and for showing us the elephants!).

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"We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay while on our safari.

Thank you so much to all of the staff who made our trip a memorable one (especially Cliff.....thanks for keeping us safe when we got the flat tyre...and for showing us the elephants!).

Amazing accommodations, food and people. Can't wait to come again!"


"The best honeymoon"

(South Africa) Leonard & Rozaan Peense | 23 February 2007

"What a wonderful place. We were there on our honeymoon and we really enjoyed our stay at Needles lodge. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. There are so many things to do and Mike and his team are always there to provide just the best service with a smile. Thanks for a wonderful ti..."

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"What a wonderful place. We were there on our honeymoon and we really enjoyed our stay at Needles lodge. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. There are so many things to do and Mike and his team are always there to provide just the best service with a smile. Thanks for a wonderful time and we couldnÕt ask for a better honeymoon. We will recommend Needles lodge for any occasion. "


"A trip to remember!"

(Canada) John Speers | 10 January 2007

"My family and I had an amazing trip to the Kruger Park and Needles Lodge. We had a terrific stay at Mike's place and enjoyed the excellent service, comfortable accommodations and delicious food.

Some of the highlights include, the excellent English breakfasts offered to those guests who do..."

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"My family and I had an amazing trip to the Kruger Park and Needles Lodge. We had a terrific stay at Mike's place and enjoyed the excellent service, comfortable accommodations and delicious food.

Some of the highlights include, the excellent English breakfasts offered to those guests who do not leave for the Kruger park at 5:00am and the first class evening meals served on the back deck where one can enjoy the many animals which pass through on their evening rounds such as zebra, impala and the resident warthogs.

In addition, we spent three unforgetable days in the

Kruger park with Cliff the ranger. Cliff showed us around the park, cooked us a great breakfast and provided us with the answers to our plethora of questions regarding the parks inhabitants and the ecology of the area.

Our trip to Needles and the Kruger was the experience of a lifetime and we hope to return soon!"


"Needles Lodge - Comments from the SWYNY family (Dec 2006)"

(United Kingdom) Peter Swyny | 31 December 2006

"Needles Lodge is a beautiful and well situated location for visiting Kruger and the surrounding areas. Mike (the owner) is an excellent and convivial host and nothing is too much trouble to ensure that guests needs are fully catered for. Kids really are welcome (ours are 12 and 10 years old) and are..."

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"Needles Lodge is a beautiful and well situated location for visiting Kruger and the surrounding areas. Mike (the owner) is an excellent and convivial host and nothing is too much trouble to ensure that guests needs are fully catered for. Kids really are welcome (ours are 12 and 10 years old) and are made to feel every bit as important as the adults. The food - cooked by Washington is superb and is complimented by the service provided by his aides Akim and Victor.

One of the nicest aspects of our stay was the communal lounge area where all guests (there are six double rooms) can share a drink and their experiences as they unwind each night.

If you are taking the safari in Kruger you should strongly consider using an experienced guide. We found Cliff Butlin (who you can book through Mike) both excellent and knowledgeable, and very good with children. Although seeing one or more of the 'big five' is not guaranteed we felt that Cliff's network helped us to see them all close up as well as many other of the park's wildlife.

Overall a really good experience and one I would recommend."


"Great Time had by All"

(Germany) Leigh Robinson | 27 December 2006

"We are a family of 5 with 3 children under 10 - it was difficult for us to find a suitable safari for our needs. Thankfully both Mike at Needles and Cliff, the safari guide, have a lot of patience and have so far not been turned off taking children. We had a great time and really appreciate all the ..."

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"We are a family of 5 with 3 children under 10 - it was difficult for us to find a suitable safari for our needs. Thankfully both Mike at Needles and Cliff, the safari guide, have a lot of patience and have so far not been turned off taking children. We had a great time and really appreciate all the flexibility shown to us by Mike and Cliff.

Would recommend Needles to everyone with young children."


"Fantastic!!!"

(Belgium) Jef and Moniek | 7 December 2006

"This was our first visit to wonderful South Africa and Mike and his team have turned it into an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed every moment of our stay. Needles is just part of nature with numerous animals parading by while you're having breakfast.

Dinners were delicious (thanks Washin..."

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"This was our first visit to wonderful South Africa and Mike and his team have turned it into an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed every moment of our stay. Needles is just part of nature with numerous animals parading by while you're having breakfast.

Dinners were delicious (thanks Washington and Akim) and we loved the great Chardonnay. We were lucky to spot the big 5 thanks to a young but experienced ranger (Thanks Cliff). "


"enjoyed "

(United Kingdom) Annette Stafford-Pearce | 6 December 2006

"Yes we generally enjoyed ourselves, however on reflection there were a coule of things which I think may improve the lodge. It would have been nice to make your own tea coffee rather than ask. Also a toilet door for us more uptight people.

Thanks to Cliff for a wonderfull 2 day safari. more

"Yes we generally enjoyed ourselves, however on reflection there were a coule of things which I think may improve the lodge. It would have been nice to make your own tea coffee rather than ask. Also a toilet door for us more uptight people.

Thanks to Cliff for a wonderfull 2 day safari.

Regards Annette "


"Fab"

(United Kingdom) jc Dirksen van Schalkwyk | 20 November 2006

"This was our 2nd visit to Needles and the service and welcome was just as great as the first time round. Mike is very freindly, the food is scrummy, the rooms are large and comfortable and the location is perfect. We took a game drive with Cliff and saw the big 5 which is a must for everyone. Do ..."

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"This was our 2nd visit to Needles and the service and welcome was just as great as the first time round. Mike is very freindly, the food is scrummy, the rooms are large and comfortable and the location is perfect. We took a game drive with Cliff and saw the big 5 which is a must for everyone. Do yourself a favour, book this lodge and you will not be disappointed."


"Needles experience"

(Netherlands) Gilbert van der Steen | 8 November 2006

"The accomodation and food was very good, the people are very friendly and helpful."


"Wonderful Holiday"

(United States of America) John Kilpatrick | 24 October 2006

"I stayed at Needles Lodge in Marloth Park, at the Southern end of Kruger Park, the week of October 10th and had such a great time! The house is very comfortable and I loved the deck outside, where you can also see many animals in the bush. The staff provides excellent service and the food and drin..."

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"I stayed at Needles Lodge in Marloth Park, at the Southern end of Kruger Park, the week of October 10th and had such a great time! The house is very comfortable and I loved the deck outside, where you can also see many animals in the bush. The staff provides excellent service and the food and drink was excellent as well. This was one of my all-time best holiday experiences, with all-day guided drives in Kruger park. In the evenings, we swapped stories and relaxed with some good drinks and a great family-style dinner. The value was excellent and I will recommend Needles Lodge to all of my friends for any stay in the area. Thanks Mike for the wonderful hospitality! I can't wait to go back!"