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  • Pleasant bushveld setting with roaming general game in Marloth Park
  • Classic safari lodge comforts on offer, including game drives to the Kruger
  • Huge variety of outdoorsy pursuits on offer in the region

Maqueda Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 10 years and older

25km from Komatipoort


-25.3408, 31.7711


Maqueda is a stylish, romantically-designed building surrounded by the wilds of Marloth Park, treating guests to affordable dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation with all the appeal of a luxury African safari. The thatched main building has an interesting open-plan layout that allows the bush to be the star of the show, and the attractive wood finishes and weaved fixtures give the lodge a polished natural feel.

Meals at the covered but open-air dining table are often accompanied by the site of animals such as kudu, bushbuck, zebra, warthog and giraffe feeding close by or drinking from the splash pools. Guests can choose to relax in either the outdoor or indoor lounge areas, all of which are extremely comfortable. Since the lodge’s maximum occupancy is only twelve, everyone can find a private area to retreat to. 

The lodge’s six stylish rooms all open onto a deck with views of the bird-filled indigenous bush, while each is appointed with all the comforts one would expect from a top-class luxury establishment. Three rooms have Queen-size beds and en-suite showers, and two hold twin beds with the same bathroom setup. 

The Queen-size bed in the romantic Honeymoon Room is watched over by a magnificently-carved ethnic style headboard. Guests will find more romance in the spacious bathroom, which has a corner bath and a shower.

After waking up rejuvenated, the upper deck, with its treehouse feel, is a wonderful setting for a top-notch breakfast. Feeling thoroughly satisfied, guests can focus on their plans for an exciting day in the bush. The lodge borders the Crocodile River, and scenic walks along the river give a sneak peek into the Kruger National Park on the other side. Fascinating guided game drives into the park are on offer and can be tailored to meet specific needs.

For those who prefer to be independent, self-drive safaris can easily be undertaken. The surrounding areas also play host to a number of exciting activities that will add spice to a stay, while guests looking to unwind can recline around the lodge’s splash pools or treat themselves to a wellness treatment. 

Maqueda ensures that the day ends in spectacular fashion, offering night drives to a beautiful bush dinner spot inside the Kruger National Park, or romantic dinners at the lodge itself. The cuisine is of the highest quality, and the all-round service is equally good, rounding off a fantastic experience in wildest Africa.

Rates & Summary

Honeymoon Room

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite corner bath and shower
Opens onto deck with bushveld views

3 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Open onto deck with bushveld views

2 Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Open onto deck with bushveld views


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Dinner, bed and breakfast


Children 10 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Maqueda Lodge offers affordable, luxurious accommodation in the heart of Marloth Park on the southern border of the Kruger National Park, making it the ideal destination for those with a passion for the African bush. The beautiful thatched lodge has been built around indigenous trees in a conservancy filled with a variety of wild animals. Opulent luxury mixes with tasteful African styling, while guests are treated to superb cuisine and personal service, with a range of activities on offer. 


  • Pleasant bushveld setting with roaming general game in Marloth Park
  • Classic safari lodge comforts on offer, including game drives to the Kruger
  • Huge variety of outdoorsy pursuits on offer in the region

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, insect repellent, golf clubs, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The gravel approach roads are suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Two splash pools
  • Spa treatments
  • Bush walks
  • Game viewing
  • Nearby: Kruger National Park, elephant back safari, tiger fishing, golf courses, Panorama Route, quad biking, river rafting, tubing, horse trails, cultural experiences.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast & dinner
  • No Restaurant
  • Licensed


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Panorama & Lowveld



The Lowveld-Legogote region is the urban hub of Mpumalanga. It is home to the dynamic capital city Mbombela/Nelspruit and KaNyamazane township. It also contains the towns of White River and Hazyview, known for their arts & crafts, their good living and bonhomie.

All roads round here lead to the Kruger National Park (KNP) which is the region’s border and its biggest attraction. Another big attraction is the amazing Sudwala caves - the world’s oldest dolomite caves and the geological highlight of the Lowveld.

To the west of Mbombela/Nelspruit is the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, the third-largest green canyon in the world and highlight of the Panorama Route. This is a scenic route along the escarpment edge, taking in the mountain towns of Graskop, Sabie, Pilgrim’s Rest and Lydenburg. To the east of Mbombela/Nelspruit lies the region dubbed the Wild Frontier. It is known for its lively gold rush history and mysterious stone ruins left by early indigenous people.

The Lowveld-Legogote region has strong ties with neighbouring Mozambique and Swaziland, offering an intriguing mix of culture, language and style. 

The Lowveld is sometimes referred to as the ‘Slowveld’ –and it’s not hard to see why. It’s hot, subtropical, laid-back and friendly. This is a region that has always worked alongside the rhythms of the wild.

The word ‘legogote’ means ‘place of the skins’ and refers to the leather makers who once lived here in the Legogote Mountains. They were known for their skill in crafting leather thongs supplied to early ox-wagon travellers.

The Lowveld has long been a trade route and trading post. Explored by early hunters and pioneers, it developed on the back of the discovery of gold. From old Delagoa Bay (present-day Maputo) to Mbombela/Nelspruit and on to the Panorama Route, you will encounter colourful tales of early adventurers, prospectors, bootleggers, gamblers, traders, chiefs, kings and shysters.

Mbombela/Nelspruit is a big, busy city that includes historic Nelspruit, ever-growing residential developments, and the vibrant, sprawling township of Kanyamazane. Cutting right through the centre of the city is the Lowveld Botanical Garden. Popular among residents and tourists, the garden is set on the banks of the Nels River and is a delight of indigenous greenery. It has a large cycad collection and an African rainforest.

Mbombela/Nelspruit was a host city for the 2010 FIFA World CupTM. Its beautiful stadium is an icon of the city’s progress - along with the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, with an innovative design reflecting a modern African spirit. In Mbombela/Nelspruit you’ll find excellent hotels, restaurants and shopping malls. It is home to a mix of peoples and cultures, with an Afro-chic flavour. From Mbombela/Nelspruit you can do artists’ routes and township tours, visit casinos, nightclubs, and artistic and historical spots. And yet within a short time you can be right in the middle of the KNP gazing out onto the ancient African wilderness.

Incredible mountain scenery and excellent outdoor action - that’s the spirit of Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. From Mbombela/Nelspruit the route heads east through subtropical foothills and farmlands, into the mountains of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. The route takes you along a series of historic mountain passes to the towns of Pilgrim’s Rest, Sabie, Graskop, Mashishing/Lydenburg and Orighstad. Scenic highlights include God’s Window, the Three Rondavels and the Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The Blyde River Canyon Reserve is also there - home to plenty of wildlife and birdlife and some of the best views in South Africa.

Pilgrim’s Rest is where gold was first discovered and is a heritage town. Graskop and Sabie are timber centres, and renowned for their adventure activities. There is a wide choice of things to do here, from gorge swinging, rock climbing, abseiling, and hot air ballooning, to river rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, fishing, sailing and 4x4-ing.

Look out for

The Kruger National Park - Flagship of Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park has good infrastructure and services, with routes, game drives, guides, camps, watering holes and other animal viewing spots. Your chances of a lion sighting are the highest in the central Kruger Park, where nutritious grasslands support a diversity of creatures. There are great spots for humans too, from luxury lodges to remote camping hideouts.

Mbombela/Nelspruit - Mpumalanga’s capital city is a friendly and fast-moving mix of cultures. These include Tsonga, Pedi, Swazi, Mozambican, Afrikaans, English, Dutch, German and French. The city is a central place from which to access the Lowveld and Panorama regions. You can take a cultural tour of Kanyamazane township, and visit arts & craft centres, traditional healers and shebeens. You can see an excellent collection of South African art at the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature buildings, or spend a quiet hour or two in the Lowveld Botanical Garden in the heart of the city.

Sudwala caves - The world’s oldest known cave system, said to be nearly 3 billion years old, the Sudwala Caves are completely surreal. In the heart of the Mankelekele mountains lies this vast subterranean city of passages, tunnels, caverns and chambers. There are timeless dripstone formations and eerie bottomless lakes. The highlight is the Crystal Tour – a five-hour 2km hike into the heart of the caves culminating in a cavern containing incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

Outdoor action - Sabie is the adventure capital of the Lowveld and Panorama, offering just about everything you can think of in an incredible canyon and mountain setting. Experience the adrenalin rush of the world's highest cable gorge swing with a 68m (18-storey) freefall. You’ll go from 0-160km/h in 2.3 seconds! The hiking is exceptional, and there are excellent rock climbing, paragliding, and abseiling opportunities.

The Artists Route - The beautiful setting and laidback lifestyle of the Lowveld has long attracted artists and creative souls. In the White River/Hazyview area you can visit the studios and showrooms of some of the country’s foremost artists. These include potters, weavers, candle makers, glass-blowers, sculptors and even taxidermists. Both these towns are hip and happening, offering charming eating spots and great rural retail therapy. For good shopping head for Casterbridge Centre on the edge of White River, and Perry’s Bridge in Hazyview.

Kaapsehoop village - Explore the misty heights of this historic gold mining village. It is popular for its quaint coffee shops, pubs, bistros and more than a hundred wild horses.

Innibos Cultural Festival - A music and arts festival held in the Nelspruit/White River area in June and July. This is a cultural ‘must-do’. For 14 days the Lowveld rocks. This arts festival is held at over 60 theatre and music spots across the province and features everything from big stage concerts to assorted theatre and cultural activities. There are also more than 400 craft stalls to explore.

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