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Needles Lodge

Riverfront lodge in Marloth Park with restaurant and pool bar

  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi and free parking

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  • Everything about Needles Lodge was excellent. From our room, which was spacious and…

    Nov 13, 2019

  • Excellent food, wildlife visits and close to Kruger.

    Oct 4, 2019

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Official standards

This property advises that it adheres to Safe Travels (WTTC - Global) cleaning and disinfection practices.

Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Air Conditioning

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 6 guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Children's pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Childcare

Feel at home

  • Children's pool
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge)
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden

What’s around

  • In a national park
  • Kruger National Park Crocodile Bridge Gate - 22.6 mi / 36.3 km
  • Kwa Madwala Game Reserve - 16.6 mi / 26.7 km
  • Kambaku Komatipoort Golf Course - 16.8 mi / 27 km
  • Lebombo Border Control - 17.3 mi / 27.9 km
  • Kruger National Park Malelane Gate - 21.7 mi / 34.9 km

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Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Double suite
  • Twin bed suite
  • Deluxe Triple Room


  • In a national park
  • Kruger National Park Crocodile Bridge Gate - 22.6 mi / 36.3 km
  • Kwa Madwala Game Reserve - 16.6 mi / 26.7 km

What’s around


  • In a national park
  • Kruger National Park Crocodile Bridge Gate - 22.6 mi / 36.3 km
  • Kwa Madwala Game Reserve - 16.6 mi / 26.7 km
  • Kambaku Komatipoort Golf Course - 16.8 mi / 27 km
  • Lebombo Border Control - 17.3 mi / 27.9 km
  • Kruger National Park Malelane Gate - 21.7 mi / 34.9 km
  • Inkwazi Shopping Centre - 22 mi / 35.4 km
  • Leopard Creek Country Club - 23.2 mi / 37.3 km

Getting around

  • Nelspruit (MQP-Kruger Mpumalanga Intl.) 70-min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance


  • 6 cabins
  • Arranged over 1 floor


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-8:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM
  • Express check-out

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 6:00 AM - 8:30 PM. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Airport shuttle (available 24 hours)*


  • Free on-site self-parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

The manager

Speaks: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, French, Xhosa, Zulu

At the property

Taking the kids?

  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Poolside bar
  • Room service (during limited hours)
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills

Things to do

  • Children's pool
  • Pool sunloungers
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Mountain biking on site
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Golfing nearby

Working away

  • Computer station


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Number of buildings/towers: 1
  • Year Built – 2003
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages Spoken

  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • Xhosa
  • Zulu

In the cabin

Home comforts

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker

Sleep well

  • Down comforter
  • Premium bedding
  • Sleep Number by Select Comfort mattress

Things to enjoy

  • Individually decorated
  • Individually furnished
  • Balcony

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Free bottled water


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Small print

Also known as

  • Needles Lodge Marloth Park
  • Needles Lodge
  • Needles Marloth Park
  • Needles Lodge Lodge
  • Needles Lodge Marloth Park
  • Needles Lodge Lodge Marloth Park
  • Needles Lodge Lodge Marloth Park

Optional extras

Rollaway beds are available for ZAR 640 per night

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 480.00 per person (one-way)

Airport shuttle for children between the ages of 1 and 18 costs ZAR 480.00 (one-way)


This property does not have lifts.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit and window guards on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment, including masks, will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some on-site facilities.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Safe Travels (WTTC - Global).

This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).

For transfers, guests must contact the property 48 hours prior to arrival on the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Needles Lodge does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser, social distancing measures are in place and personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there's a children's pool.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:30 AM. Express check-out is available.
  • Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Mjejane River Lodge (4.6 mi).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 480.00 per person one-way.
  • Have fun with on-site activities such as mountain biking and hiking. Additional recreation on-site includes ecotours. Needles Lodge also has a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Stayed there for 3 nights at the start of our South Africa holiday, and before spending 4 nights at SANPark lodges in the park. Had we known just how good it was, think we may have spent our entire 7 nights in Kruger there. It more than lives up to the great reviews it gets (which is why we chose Needles), the place is beautiful, the staff amazing, the visiting animals a daily treat, and the proximity to Crocodile River entrance gate does actually mean you could easily stay here, and go into the park for the day (which means you get the 5* benefit of the lodge, with all the animal viewing you could wish for). We had dinner, bed and breakfast, the cooked breakfast was fantastic (best mushrooms I have ever tasted), the dinners a delight sat outside with a glass of Pinotage. Within 30 minutes of arriving we had visits from a huge rock monitor, a family of mongoose and a Kudu. Lots of birds to watch and identify in the nearby trees, Zebra wandering over, the Bushbabies at night, amazing. We did a full day safari by way of introduction to the park, and I would recommend it. Patrick our guide and driver was just brilliant, spotting things well before we did (without binocs and while driving), he promised my wife 30 giraffe and he delivered, as well as lions, buffalo, white rhino, elephants, eagles, hippos (25 species we saw on that one day, plus it gave us great ideas of where to go when we were in the park, like Mpondo Dam). Perfect place to stay in every respect.

    Tony, 3 night trip, Dec 1, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Intimate, Delightful Safari Lodge

    Needles Lodge is a fantastic option for a small, intimate safari experience on the edge of Kruger National Park. The rooms are clean and comfortable with sliding doors that look out at the bush in the backyard where zebras, monkeys and wildebeests often gather. Meals are delicious, multi-course family-style affairs with scintillating conversations with guests from around the world. The owner, Dennis and manager, Colin, do everything possible to ensure a wonderful stay.

    Jamie, 3 night trip, Dec 13, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Charming lodge in Marloth Park

    Charming lodge, rooms and host. Excellent breakfast and wine selection. Zebra visits to the lodge was a nice touch. Location in Marloth park is interesting - this is a very unique project to combine human neighborhood with a quasi safari. Dinner was just OK and the idea of a shared table to all guests and hosts is not to everyone's taste, but this shouldn't affect the high rating. We stopped there after our Kruger visit, but the guests who used the lodge for the Kruger safaris seemed happy with the lodge as their basis.

    Ram, 1 night family trip, Aug 17, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Needles was a great place to stay. We were afraid it was going to be in a developed town but it's in a protected area with wildlife coming through the area as well. We saw Kudu, giraffe, a genet, and a bushbaby just on the grounds. Dennis and Gail were gracious hosts and as Dennis is a guide, he knew everything about birds, wildllife, and the park. Whatever you want is really the order of the day. Needles can arrange morning walks, game drives, nearby tours, or you can use it as a jumping off point to Crocodile Bridge (about 30 minutes by car) into Kruger National Park. It's an easy drive up to Lower Sabie camp for lunch but the location of Needles is convenient. On departure, we went from Crocodile Bridge to Malelane in the park and then it was about four hours to Pretoria by car. We had a great time and would love to return. We're talking to friends about making it a group visit.

    3 night family trip, Feb 14, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    + Ein sehr leckeres Abendessen war inklusive. Tiere kamen bis zur Terrasse. Ein super Schönes Erlebnis. Die Zimmer waren schön eingerichtet, unser mit Blick auf Pool. WiFi war vorhanden. Entfernung zum Crocodile Bridge Gate nur ca 50 Minuten Diese Lodge kann ich absolut empfehlen. - nichts

    1 night family trip, Nov 1, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Perfetto per soggiorno vicino al Kruger Park. Personale molto cortese e gita in jeep nel parco con Patrick esperienza imperdibile!

    Riccardo, 3 night romance trip, Aug 20, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Fantastic stay!

    What a stay we had at Needles Lodge! Outstanding service team, great room and the food...ah of the best we`ve ever had! Thanks to everyone...Dennis, Colin, Gail, Manny, Willem, Patrick and all the girls who serves incredibly well and keep the fantastic atmosphere!

    Robson, 2 night family trip, Jul 17, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Unvergesslicher Aufenthalt! Super nette Besitzer, die Abends bei dem gemeinsamen Abendessen stets dabei waren. Sehr nette Atmosphäre mit interessanten Gesprächen, tollem Essen und leckeren Weinen! Das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis stimmte! Wir würden definitiv wiederkommen.

    3 night romance trip, Jun 25, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Tolle Lodge mit ganz viel familiären Flair. Guter Ausgangspunkt um in den KNP zu fahren.

    Marie, 2 night trip, Dec 30, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Tolle Wohlfühloase mit sehr herzlichem und liebevollem Team. Sonderwünsche wie beispielsweise vegetarische und veganes Essen werden erfüllt. Wirklich ein toller Ort, um das Safarileben hautnah zu erleben.

    3 night trip, Dec 16, 2018

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