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South Africa Tourism Awards

Type: Accommodation – Lodge
Category: Service Excellence

Motivation for award: For Needles the HOST in hospitality is what it is all about! Taking care of guests needs, besides the standard creature comforts like King Size beds and large tubs, sharing information about the region and its culture are part of the experience. We take pride in our diverse and delicious cuisine, catering to all tastes. Our walk-in, climate-controlled wine cellar has over 40 different South African wines uniquely selected from the Capes finest vineyards lends to a scrumptious food paring experience. Six times winner of South African Tourism Lilizela Awards; 5 times Provincial winner and proud winner of the National Award for the Best 4-star lodge in 2018.

Region: Mpumalanga / Kruger Lowveld

Needles Safari Lodge

Safari Lodge

Needles Lodge is a traditional African-Style lodge located on the southern border of The Kruger National Park. With a choice of eight beautifully appointed suites, each with its own character and atmosphere and all the luxuries to ensure a comfortable stay out in the bush. Every room enjoys air-conditioning and is equipped with ceiling fans; bathrooms are en-suite offering extra-large baths as well as separate showers. Our delicious local cuisine, African hospitality, and tranquillity complement country-style luxury, resulting in the experience of a lifetime. Our walk-in climate-controlled wine cellar has a choice of over 45 different South African wines from top wine farms in the Cape. The half-board option allows you to sample delicious 3-course dinners. The sumptuous breakfast will prepare you for the day ahead. Your time in the African bush, at Needles Lodge, will revitalise you and your loved ones.

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Karabo – 12.04.2022
Nothing beats nature

Joan Schuelein – 23.02.2022
Needles Lodge is a wonderful adventure! I have been there 7 times and am looking forward to my next visit. The Lodge offers all the services you would possibly want or need. Every visit has been a delightful, relaxed, and comfortable experience. Guests are welcomed and treated like family by the owners, Denis and Gail, who are always on-site to provide for their guests’ every need. The cuisine is absolutely exceptional, and the Lodge staff is dedicated to insuring that your stay is a most memorable one.

Willem Coolen – 23.02.2022
Prachtige, gezellige lodge aan de rand van het Kruger Park. Dennis en Gail verwennen je en het lijkt alsof je familie bent. Bij een volgend bezoek aan Zuid-Afrika komen we hier zeker weer terug!

Ivo De Winter – 22.02.2022
Got stuck here in 2020 with the closing of the SA airports due to Covid, we got taken care of by Dennis, Gail and the staff like kings, have been visiting since and will be visiting in the future. Good food, chef Thobile should be considered a national treasure, good wine and very nice rooms, also exellently located for visits to Kruger, Mozambique and eSwatinie

David Lurie – 22.02.2022
Needles Safari Lodge outstanding service hospitality and food

Ris Fred – 22.02.2022
Amazing venue with very friendly staff and nice tour on the park The evening dinner is a very special moment that we really enjoyed and shared with our family and other guests. We definitely will come back!!

Caprice Barbour – 22.02.2022
Needles is always at the top of where to stay when I head to Southern Africa. The service standards and professionalism is excellent. I have recommended them to friends and family.

Arnold Bothma – 21.02.2022
Great place great service!

Dasio Camara – 21.02.2022
The best experience I ever had in a lodge! The food is excellent, but the personal service impressive!

Cédric Burgher – 21.02.2022
Look no better, you are in the best place in the region. Denis, Gail and their whole team are really great and very professional. The menus composed each day are really delicious and cooked with a lot of imagination. It is definitely a real chance to spend a few days in this lodge

Michael Hack – 21.02.2022
The best, ” Home from Home ever”, amazing staff and wonderful food. We always look forward to our next trip where we can,” Kick back and relax” amongst great people.

Shirley MacFarlane – 21.02.2022
“Needles Lodge” is a fantastic lodge. The accommodation, the food, attention to detail are excellent. The management and staff are very attentive and always on hand. Needles Lodge is highly recommended

Mario Carena – 21.02.2022
Needles lodge is an wonderful place to relax and listen to the sounds of the bush. Great to be able to walk or cicycle in a park with so many different wild animals , The acomodstion is imaculate the food is 5 star, the staff are friendly, and Gail and Denis are great host’s. Highly recommend .

Eileen Steigerwald – 20.02.2022
I have visited Needles Lodge every year from 2013-2019 only stopped because of covid. Hopefully this is the year to continue our traditionDenis and Gail who own the lodge do an amazing job. They do anything and everything to accommodate their guests. The lodge is lovely, animals come by daily especially zebra, kudo and warthogs as well as little bushbabies in the evening. The staff are wonderful, eager to make your stay an enjoyable one. Food is plentiful and fantastic. After3 long years we are anxious for our return visit. I believe Needles has to be the best small lodge in Marloth Park. We come from New York and wouldn’t even consider staying anywhere else. I’ve read many wonderful comments from guests all so truly deserved. Needles Lodge is the BEST and deserves to be recognized as such!

Denise Lourens – 20.02.2022
Needles the best Lodge. Great setting. Friendly staff. Great accommodation and food. A must when in the Lowveld.

Gerda Pieterse – 20.02.2022
Awesome logde borders Kruger. Excellent food and friendly hosts

Theresa Maclarty – 20.02.2022
Amazing lodge. Excellent food and personal service – made to feel so welcome and comfortable

Damien Dossin – 20.02.2022
Needles is a wonderful place to stay and enjoy nature

Judy Lawrence – 20.02.2022
Wonderful bushveld lodge with the friendliest hosts.

Julian Hitchcock – 20.02.2022
Excellent, on Kruger border like staying in a luxury hotel room with delicious meals

Colin Van Rooyen – 20.02.2022
Great hospitality they treat you like family. Highly recommended.

Matthew MacFarlane – 20.02.2022
The staff and accommodation is incredible. A real home away from home

Charne van Rooyen – 20.02.2022
Absolutely love Needles !! Top notch service and accommodations, amazing staff and great location. Will definitely be booking in on our next trip to South Africa.

Craig MacFarlane – 20.02.2022
Needles lodge would be a worthy winner

Ron MacLarty – 20.02.2022
Wonderful find, such a good place to stay just the perfect and so easy to explore the southern areas of the KNP. Getting back in the evening to a well run lodge for sundowners & a great well presented dinner. Leaves one feeling truly contented and well relaxed..Well worth another visit.

Erika Bergh – 20.02.2022
Beautiful lodge, great location with lovely hosts. Situated close the the Kruger National Park makes it an ideal location for a peaceful break away from city hustle and bustle.

Samantha Smith – 20.02.2022
Best staff and amazing location! Food is also the best!

Caitlin Schoeman – 20.02.2022
Absolutely love going to Needles! Friendliest staff, amazing meals and the best wine selection one could ask for! Cannot wait to be back again

Hugues Dreysse – 20.02.2022
Amazing place and so unique! We have been so many times and hope to come back soon

Nathalie NYST – 20.02.2022
A so beautiful and peaceful place to rest

Lorna van Rooyeb – 20.02.2022
wonderful experience

Jill Torlage – 20.02.2022
Needles 5 star

Graeme altenkirk – 20.02.2022
Awesome lodge. Where attention to cater for all needs and service is the priority.

Neil Urry – 20.02.2022
LOVE LOVE LOVE Needles Lodge. Super friendly staff, great accommodation, awesome food, amazing value and it’s location relative to the Kruger makes it a truly appealing proposition. Each time I return I feel like I’m coming home!

Melanie Bradford – 20.02.2022
We had an awesome time !

Sheffer SALAH – 20.02.2022
Very good memory of our stay

Greg and Helen Carpenter – 20.02.2022
Went above and beyond our expeditations in regards to hospitility and welcomimg us to their lodge.

Tony Brown – 19.02.2022
Fantastic place to stay. Welcoming hosts, excellent staff, good food & wines. Denis has a wealth of knowledge on the animals & birds exceeded only by that of Patrick the safari guide who gave us unforgettable fauna experiences. I’ll be back.

Diego Arborati – 19.02.2022
Beautiful lodge surrounded by nature and surrounded by animals. Beautiful welcome from the owners and excellent services. I’ll be back.

Tyler Boivin – 19.02.2022
Absolutely love this place. I’ve stayed with them twice and both times were amazing experiences.

Joseph Anguiano – 19.02.2022
Going there in May! Communication has been great so far!

Jacobus Barnard – 19.02.2022
We have stayed there ourselves and have recommended Needles to friends and they have loved it too. Always great service and hospitality! Going back in May! Cannot wait!

Kim Pettigrew – 19.02.2022
Needles is a fantastic place to stay. Excellent hospitality and food and very good wine selection! Outstanding customer service. We went back again the following year and would highly recommend.

Gobert Vivian – 19.02.2022
Best Lodge with the best people ! I will come back asap !

Jennifer McCallum – 19.02.2022
We LOVE Needles. This year will be our sixth year of returning to Needles. We love the lodge, Dennis and Gail plus the staff who never change and welcome you with open arms and consider us family. It is a highlight of our traveling year.

Gail Goffinet – 19.02.2022
Best 4 ⭐️ lodge in Mphumalanga

Gail Goffinet – 19.02.2022
Best 4 ⭐️ lodge in Mphumalanga

Blommaert Rita – 19.02.2022
I can’t wait un till we can go there

Sylvia Giesen – 19.02.2022
The Needles Lodge is the best place to stay. The are like family and make you feel the same. Trips for safari are really good organised with the best guides. Personal is so friendly. You eat all together for dinner and tell stories of your trips. They are simply the best Lodge near the KrugerPark

Galina Kalibaeva – 19.02.2022
Best lodge near Kruger

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