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  • Spacious, elegant bushveld lodge nestled in the tranqui Marloth Park
  • Lots of general game roam the property
  • Great access to the Kruger and nearby activities

Needles Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 6 years and older

27km from Komatipoort


-25.3882, 31.7648


Guests at the quintessentially South African Needle’s Lodge can enjoy stylish luxury accommodation in the wildlife-filled surrounds of Marloth Park, rounded off by top-class all round service and opportunities for exciting safaris and other excursions.

The six rooms are decorated in a modern country style, and each is equipped with home-from-home comforts such as air conditioning, ceiling fans, hairdryers and tea/coffee stations. Four rooms come with an extra length King-size bed, while two have extra length twin beds, dressed in pure Egyptian cotton. In the earthy-coloured bathrooms, guests will find a romantic oval bathtub big enough for two guests, as well as a large shower.

The lodge’s wide range of facilities includes huge outdoor entertainment areas where guests can unwind under indigenous trees and wait for the furry residents of the conservancy to come almost within touching distance. A swimming pool provides refreshing relief from the hot bushveld summers, and there are comfortable indoor areas to relax in during the evenings, with satellite television, a variety of books and plenty of board games available to entertain guests. 

Mornings are often greeted with a view of a zebra, warthog, wildebeest or giraffe wandering past the room, tempting guests to stay in bed just a little longer. The lodge’s full South African breakfast is well worth getting up for though, and can be enjoyed either in the open-plan kitchen/dining room, or out under the shade of the giant marula tree which the central deck is built around.

Days end with a superb three-course dinner, featuring top quality beef, the freshest seafood caught off the nearby Mozambique coastline, or some mouth-watering roasts and braai meat. Al fresco or indoor lunches can be arranged with prior notification. Owner Dennis Goffinet is a wine aficionado, and will gladly take you on a taste tour of some of South Africa’s best wines, or offer you a drink from the well-stocked bar.

Dennis leads an affable, professional staff team that will ensure personalised attention is given to guests not only at meal times, but throughout their stay.

Those planning to go on excursions to some of the surrounding attractions can have a beautiful picnic hamper arranged to make the trip more memorable. Outings can include self-drive or guided safaris into the Kruger National Park, drives along the spectacular Panorama Route, golfing at one of several excellent courses or tiger fishing.

Don’t forget your passport if you plan to visit the cultural melting pots of Mozambique and Swaziland, both of which are within an hour’s drive away. The Needles Lodge staff are happy to tell you about the area’s diverse range of other attractions and activities, and can make any arrangements needed to help you experience them.

Rates & Summary

4 Double Suites

Each sleeps 2 in extra length King-size bed
En-suite double bath and shower
Lead out onto communal deck with bushveld views

2 Twin Suites

Each sleeps 2 in extra length twin beds
En-suite double bath and shower
Lead out onto communal deck with bushveld views


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B&B or DBB options available
Lunch and picnic baskets can be arranged


Children 6 years and older are welcome.
Child from 6 to 12 years is charged R 450 per night in an extra bed when sharing with both parents.
A variety of board games are available for family fun.

Why Stay Here?

Regularly visited by the wildlife in the Marloth Park conservancy bordering the Kruger National Park, the African-style Needles Lodge offers a balance of blissful relaxation and exciting adventure in an unspoilt bushveld setting. From the lodge’s luxurious rooms, guests can enjoy game viewing from their beds and sink into decadent oval baths big enough for two. Incredibly close encounters with ‘safe’ wildlife, along with sublime cuisine, great facilities and warm hospitality, create a bushveld experience that will be hard to forget.


  • Spacious, elegant bushveld lodge nestled in the tranqui Marloth Park
  • Lots of general game roam the property
  • Great access to the Kruger and nearby activities

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 roads leading to the lodge are suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool and entertainment deck
  • Game viewing
  • Guided safaris in Kruger National Park
  • Nearby: elephant back safari, tiger fishing, golf courses, Panorama Route, quad biking, river rafting, tubing, horse trails, cultural experiences, Mozambique, Swaziland.


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

  • Full board
  • Licensed


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Child 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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