Needles Lodge in Marloth Park South Africa
Needles Lodge Marloth Kruger National Park Mpumalanga South Africa Family Reserve Lodgings Accommodations
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Contact: Gary Barltrop

Guestrooms: 6

Lodge Address: Needles Lodge, Bushpig Avenue, Marloth Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Mailing Address: Mike Cromhout, P.O. Box 520, Malelane, Mpumalanga 1320 South Africa

Telephone: +2782-450-9423

Fax: +27 (0) 83 281 6492

Activities/Attractions: Situated between the two main southern entry points to the Kruger National Park, Needles Lodge is located 35kms from Malelane Gate and only 30kms from Crocodile Bridge Gate. This offers quick easy access to the Park for day trips, with time enough to view a large section of the Southern section of the park which is the most popular part of Kruger.

With the assistance of lodge management, full day safaris as well as night drives can be arranged and booked into the Kruger National Park. Nature trails and bush walks are also available. These are all conducted by qualified Park Rangers who escort all guests on these activities. All tours can be tailor made to suit your needs special rates are available for groups of 4 or more.

The other option is to simply relax by the pool. Enjoy the African sun and bush, and let the our staff spoil you while resident animals such, as kudu, impala, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe and warthog meander around the deck and pool area, grazing and magically adding to the peace and tranquility of a wonderful bush experience.


"From the moment I placed an enquiry with Mike, the service was fantastic! He replied to any queries that we had, and even gave us vital information on the best people to book transfers with to and from the lodge as well as flights. The photographs of the lodge are beautiful, and when you arrive you will not be disappointed by what awaits you! Not only was the welcome warm and friendly but, the service was faultless and the setting perfect ... In short I would recommend a stay here to anybody that is thinking of going to the KNP, as it separates itself from all the other accommodation by being a personal yet unintrusive experience ... a balance rarely achieved at any guesthouse or hotel!"

"Needles Lodge is situated in the middle of a private game reserve abutting the southern part of Kruger National Park. Its location makes access to the park and neighboring Mozambique and Swaziland, easily accessible. Best of all, there are animals wandering through the reserve and on to the grounds of the lodge ... The charm of Needles Lodge is that you really are out in the bush. Its remoteness means not having a TV or phone in the room, but we didn't mind that at all. And it really is a tiny sacrifice when what you gain is being able to pet zebras outside your room. You can't put a price on that!"

"Our stay at Needles Lodge was fabulous. Mike was friendly, relaxed with the kids, the food was fantastic, everyone was accommodating and friendly and we really felt at home. We would recommend the Lodge to anyone and had a really great mid year break."

"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!!"

"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!"

"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 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."

"Our stay at the lodge, coupled with our two days in Kruger Park, was the highlight of our two week trip to South Africa ... 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."

"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)."


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"We would like to formally congratulate Mike and his staff for their great service at Needles Lodge. Although we were there for only 4 days & 3 nights, we had the most exciting, eye-opening, relaxing, romantic holiday. Not to mention the mouth-watering delicious meals that Mike and his staff prepared for us. The most memorable meal was the South African BBQ eaten out on the porch surrounded by the calmness of the night. The room was immaculate and very clean. The bed was actually more comfortable then our one at home! The extra large bath was a sanctuary for relaxation. Mike gave us helpful advice with our itinerary to Kruger Park. He arranged very experienced rangers to take us and we had the luxury of have them all to ourselves ... All in all, we have learnt so much in these few days that we would like to thank Mike, Chris, Pat and others for making this trip really worthwhile. And finally, I would like to recommend the Needles Lodge for anyone who would like to adventure during the day and relax in the evening. Keep up the good work!"

"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 definitely re-visit."

"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!"

"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."

"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."

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

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

"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 knowledgeable and friendly guide for the Kruger. We hope to come back, and bring our future Pride with us!"

General Information: Welcome to Needles Lodge ... a warm and welcoming family run lodge in the heart of Marloth Park, South Africa - a private residential nature reserve bordering the Kruger National Park between the Malelane and Crocodile Bridge entrances to the Park. Whether you are just passing by, visiting The Kruger Park, discovering the diverse attractions in the province of Mpumalanga, or simply looking for a quiet, peaceful retreat for a few days, Needles Lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Needles Lodge is a luxury lodge located near the Kruger National Park that offers six beautifully appointed bedrooms, each with its own character and atmosphere and all the luxuries to ensure a comfortable stay out in the bush. All of our rooms have been named after significant landmarks and places of interest in and around the coastal town and on arrival at the lodge, visitors can be reminded of all the rich history and memories of the old "Needles Hotel" and Port St Johns.

  • every room enjoys air-conditioning and is equipped with ceiling fans
  • bathrooms are en-suite offering extra large baths as well as separate showers
  • the décor has been tastefully chosen to ensure that you feel completely relaxed and with all the comforts of home
  • with the lounge, dining and entertainment area located in the center of the lodge, the rooms stretch out on either side and are joined by wooden decks that converge on the central deck and patio
  • each room has large sliding doors that open out onto a wooden deck and the bush directly before it
  • from your bed, you can enjoy views out into the bush and the numerous game that regularly frequents the area
  • children are allowed, and can be accommodated in their own room
  • breakfast is served daily but guests may also enjoy lunch or dinner (prepared and served with prior notice) either in the open plan kitchen and dining room or alternatively, outside on the deck under the shade of the giant Marula tree
  • the central living and dining area offers old country style, luxury couches and chairs
  • the lodge provides cable TV, an extensive library of magazines, novels, historic and safari coffee table books and games, CDs, and DVDs - all are available to guests on request
  • other services and facilities available at the lodge include an honor bar, fax, telephone and Internet/email access
  • a full laundry service is also available. Laundry service plus hair dryers are available at reception

Mike runs the lodge in the old family hands on tradition and ensures that he and his staff are available at all times to make sure guests feel at home, and that their Needles experience is a memorable one.

Payment Accepted: We accept all major credit cards.

Rates: (Prices quoted in RSA Rand).

From R595/person/night/sharing

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"My sister and I stayed at Needles Lodge over Christmas and what an absolutely fantastic time we had. The lodge is extremely comfortable and the staff cannot do enough to help. Mike the owner makes you feel very welcome and will help to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible. The food was fantastic (and loads of it!) Mike loves his wine so we experienced some lovely South Africa wines. Value for money was exceptional. When you go you must request Cliff for your ranger while you are inside Kruger as he is the best spotter and great Company to spend the day's with."

"Myself, my wife, and cousin enjoyed an excellent 3 night stay with Mike and his excellent staff. My cousin was on her first visit to Africa and I was especially pleased with the positive impression given by our stay at Needles. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. We were treated to great food excellently prepared by Washington and served by 'Bousey' (probably incorrect spelling). Cliff was our game guide who also brought us to Mozambique for a visit. Cliff was exemplary in his manner and both knowledgeable and obliging as a guide. All in all I would highly recommend Needles for any visitors but especially foreign visitors as an hospitable African experience."

"Excellent - well situated, good hospitality, building style was just right to get us in the mood for seeing the animals."

"This was our 2nd visit to Needles and the service and welcome was just as great as the first time round. Mike is very friendly, the food is yummy, 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."

"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."