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Maqueda Lodge

1791 Geelslang Road, Marloth Park 1340 South Africa
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Maqueda Lodge is a "Bare Foot" Luxury Boutique Lodge that offers the highest standard of service in a tranquil exclusive private venue. Nestled in the heart of the Wild Frontier,in Marloth Park on the southern border of the Kruger National Park, this family run lodge only accommodates a few guests in plush and beautifully decorated interior giving you the most personal experience. Enjoy our excellent cuisine that will nourish you after a long day on safari. We offer very rewarding safaris into Kruger in our open game vehicle with our guide or take one of our many tours exploring Swaziland, Maputo Mozambique or the breathtaking Panorama route tour. Maqueda Lodge offers a one stop holiday destination that you will never forget
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Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Parking
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Shuttle bus service
Sun terrace
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Desk
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Walk-in shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
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Charming
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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Q8063ROmariannef wrote a review Dec 2023
Berlin, Germany1 contribution
The team at the lodge was extremely professional and supportive. I wish I could have stayed longer! The surroundings are spectacular, the food very tasty and exquisit. Is there anything else I would have wished for: NO!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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3294us wrote a review Jun 2023
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It is hard to know where to start when describing the exceptional experience we had staying at the Maqueda Lodge. The welcoming atmosphere from the moment we arrived was genuine and exhibited throughout our entire stay. The tranquility and beauty of the lodge contributed to a wonderful stay. The meals were plentiful and delicious. Food was traditional to the region. Of course our reason for booking this lodge was to visit Kruger National Park. We were not disappointed. The animals and vistas truly something to see. The Lodge arranged a late afternoon evening game drive on the day of our arrival. It was a good introduction. This was followed by a delicious multiple course dinner upon our return. The attention to detail was meaningful to us as guests. For example, we are not tea or coffee drinkers and the next thing we knew hot chocolate was available at every meal. The next two days, we were up early for full day game drives with a very knowledgeable guide. The days were marvelous. We learned so much from the guide and saw so many different animals. Again meals were scrumptious. The lodge was so inviting. The room was large and furniture and design fit the setting. The large common spaces for eating and sitting real made you feel welcome and the decor was inviting. One of the dinners was a barbecue, outside in a beautiful spot with a fire in a fire pit on the lodge grounds. The location is just a short drive to Kruger. There is also wild life here in Marloth Park where the lodge is located. A few things to know - Load shedding of electricity was a daily occurrence. The Lodge has a generator. As others stated - soap and shampoo was not provided. There was a hair dryer in the room. If you are looking for a place to stay with wonderful people, superb ambience, and delicious food this is the place to be. They arranged all the drives and took care of everything once we were at the lodge. Yoga was offered. We flew into Johannesburg and hired a guide to drive us 5 hours to the Lodge. The return drive was about 6 hours. Be sure and stop at the Azul Rest Stop for a bit of food and to see the Rhinos, etc.
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Departure37220495416 wrote a review Apr 2023
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Wonderful experience of the African bush, warm and welcoming luxury. James and his team were excellent company, very knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble, we felt very much at home. Early morning games drives and bush walks were memorable. Looking forward to a return trip.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Dirt road in was authentic and fine in a standard car.
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Tina E wrote a review Feb 2023
Schmitten, Germany1 contribution
The four of us, my husband and parents, were so lucky - we were the only guests at Maqueda Lodge for three days. So we got to enjoy all the attention of Michael and James and their fantastic cooking. The whole lodge is beautifully designed, especially the covered sitting and dining area, but the big difference from other beautiful accommodation was the people. On top, James and Michael provided us with all kinds of information, e.g. about the little five of Africa, and fetched a rhinoceros beetle from the garden as concrete visual material. Thank you and stay well!
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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madalenaf0nseca wrote a review Nov 2022
Lisbon, Portugal1 contribution
Great location, cozy bedrooms. Food was good (including vegetarian). The safaris were incredible (James is a great guide!!). We also did an extra bushwalk which is A experience. Overall I'll definitely stay there again!
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lsl08 wrote a review Oct 2022
Mosman Park, Australia58 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband, 2 adult children and myself have just returned from a wonderful week at Maqueda Lodge. Francois, the owner, welcomed us with opened arms and ensured that we were comfortable throughout our stay. Nothing was too much trouble. The lodge was beautifully decorated and very comfortable. The shared spaces were peaceful and relaxing after returning from a full day Safari. The pool was freezing but certainly refreshing on a hot day. The beds were comfortable and the wifi was good. We experienced "load shedding" while in South Africa however it didn't affect our stay or experience. The shower was hot although there was no shampoo or body wash provided. Pump hand soap was available which we used to wash our hair and bodies! Meals were scrumptious. We only had one breakfast at the lodge as we were out on safaris on the other days. It was delicious and a great variety. The upstairs dining area was lovely. Dinner was incredible. We were served a three course meal and every night was a different taste sensation. Lanterns were lit when dinner was served which gave a lovely ambience. When we were out on our early morning safaris, or on the panoramic route, we were treated to a packed breakfast in our own Esky bag. Hot tea and plunger coffee was also served. This was enjoyed at a scenic location, watching animals while we ate. James was our driver and ranger on the 3 full day safaris. He was so knowledgeable and listened to what experience we wanted. He was also very friendly, attentive and lovely. When he wasn't driving us around Kruger, he was serving meals or cleaning. Everyone worked so hard. We booked 2 night safaris but after the first one we cancelled the second one and did another full day with James. The night safari was not through Maqueda Lodge but through Kruger NP. Rather than being in our small 9 seater vehicle, we were on a large 30 seater truck. When it got dark, half a dozen people were given spotlights to shine into the bush. It was very disappointing and we therefore saw very few animals. The driver didn't talk to us throughout the safari and, if they did, they were very hard to hear. I would not recommend doing this night safari. Unfortunately they are the only vehicles/people allowed in the park at night time. The panoramic route was great. The views were amazing. The drive to the first waterfall was over 2 hours. It was then 2 hours driving back to Maqueda Lodge. The following morning we then drove the same way for 1.5 hours to the airport. I would recommend doing this trip either when you first arrive, prior to arriving at Maqueda Lodge, or at the end of your stay before flying out of Nelspruit airport as the area is close to the airport and would avoid travel time. Thank you Maqueda Lodge for such a magical, memorable holiday with my family. You made us feel like we were part of your family. I would, and will be, recommending Maqueda Lodge to everyone considering visiting Kruger National Park.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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alison171 wrote a review Aug 2022
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Most awesome lodge setting, close to Kruger, authentic bush experience, luxurious and comfort, top service. Food was exceptional. Lounge area exquisite. Great venue for anyone which to Mountain bike in mare loth park, run the trails along the riverside and look out view, amazing walks.
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garry m wrote a review May 2022
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From pick and drop off our 4 nights at Maqueda Lodge was the highlight of our trip. Super friendly staff, location excellent, meals outstanding and accommodation lovely surroundings with wild life just out your window nature at its best. Got to see the big 5 on safari with ranger James at Kruger. Thank you to all at the lodge for making us part of your family all the best Garry and Cathy from down under
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from David Hollingworth, Owner at Maqueda Lodge
Responded 03 May 2022
We are so blessed to have had you guys as our first Australian guests back after the pandemic You are such up beat and happy people that it was totally contagious Thank you for visiting us it was absolutely our privilege to have had you two here Take care friends Francois, James and the rest of the Maqueda staff
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Hazvi2020 wrote a review Jan 2021
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
We had a wonderful and peaceful stay with my family. We felt very safe as it is in a controlled area and it was great taking walks to the Crocodile River lookout point. It is a very nice and quiet place to relax.
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Responded 06 Jan 2021
Thank you so much for your visit we really appreciate it a lot Take care in these strange times
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ddvries2020 wrote a review Oct 2020
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Our stay at Maqueda Lodge over the weekend of 24-27 September was a very pleasant and memorable experience. Maqueda Lodge is a Top Class lodge with Beautiful finishes nestled in beautiful bushveld surrounding is the perfect getaway for family and friends.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Maqueda Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Maqueda Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Marloth Park Adventures (6.5 km), Bushveld Atlantis (1.4 km), and Lionspruit Game Reserve (4.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Maqueda Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Maqueda Lodge?
Top room amenities include a desk, a seating area, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Maqueda Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Maqueda Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Maqueda Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jabula Lodge & Restaurant, Phumula Kruger, and The Tin Shack Marloth Park.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Maqueda Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Maqueda Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Maqueda Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Maqueda Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.