The place to be Cindy De Wit, Netherlands
25 November 2012
This is the place to go if you need any accommodation in this area! The lodge and rooms are stunning as is the deck area and pool. The hosts are such lovely people who really do a lot to make their guests comfortable. They really give the lodge its homely feel. All the staff is very friendly and the food is delicious. You can book nice excursions or go out on your one, with both your hosts will offer help and information if wanted. There is a lot of wildlife surrounding the lodge and they regularly come right op to the lodge, it's super. Next time we come to Africa we will certainly stay here again.
Thank you so much Tessa Scher, South Africa
14 August 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Needles Lodge primarily because the host Dennis was so co-operative. We were a family of nine people with difficult dietary requirements - one of the party being strictly kosher, some only eating kosher meat and one vegetarian who only eats free range eggs and does not eat dairy. Denis ensured that all these requirements were met even going so far as to purchase kosher meat from Johannesburg and the food was always tasty. The lodge is lovely with animals like Kudu and wart hog coming right into the grounds.
Great stay Gerko van den Berg, South Africa
22 May 2012
A very pleasant lodge with great hospitality. Wildlife plentiful inside the reserve and interaction with kudu and zebra was a nice surprise. Very well situated between Malelane and Crocodile bridge entrances to Kruger National Park.
Needles Game Lodge Cynthia Bezuidenhout, South Africa
29 May 2010
My family & I ( 6 adults & 1 child) have just returned from a 5 night stay at Needles Lodge. We were treated like family by the owners, Gary & Alta, who went out of their way to accommodate us & to make our stay a memorable one. Nothing was too much trouble for them - their hospitality was outstanding & the quality of the meals prepared by Alta & her staff earned nothing less than a 5-star rating. We saw numerous game inside the Kruger Park as well as around the lodge itself.
I have no hesitation in recommending this lodge to anyone.
Needles Lodge Neville stocks, South Africa
02 October 2009
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Gary and Alta Barltrop were excellent, friendly and attentive hosts. The Lodge is beautifully appointed in a bush environment with close contact with wild animals and birds. It is a good base for the Crocodile Bridge and Malelane gates to the Kruger national Park.
Wow, what a lovely lodge Randy Mavunda, South Africa
31 March 2009
We stayed there for two days and we will definitely be coming back again. The hosts are very friendly and the small size of the lodge makes one feel like members of the family. The food is great. Enjoyed having breakfast with the warthogs, an experience every one should really cherish.
Nice place. Erik Van Geel, Belgium
01 December 2008
The tour guide for the Kruger park was also a professional. If we go back to this area in SA we will try to stay again at Needles lodge.
Once in a life time Anonymous, United Kingdom
29 October 2008
Waking up to zebra's behind the fence, warthogs and Impalas all around and bush babies jumping around us at night, made the stay at Needles lodge an amazing experience for our whole family (2 children - 6 & 2.5 years old). Friendly staff, comfortable rooms, good food...
I really enjoyed my stay. Lesiba Matsiu, South Africa
28 September 2008
It was a lovely experience.
The Magnificent Needles Lodge Larry Fenzel, South Africa
18 August 2008
You drive up to this unattractive abode from the rear. We were greeted by 6 zebra! Once you enter what is the back door, the whole world changes. What a magnificent place! A huge lounge area with a large railed deck with pool. 10 minutes after arrival we were feeding wild Kudo by hand! Gary and his wife were the most accommodating couple we have ever met. Unbelievable hospitality! We will be going back very soon with enough folks to rent the entire lodge( 6 double rooms). Can't put into words our experience! A must do!
Of course we're 70 but still romantic david doan, South Africa
17 August 2008
Seeing a male kudu within 3m was fantastic....food superb, great company, host and hostess cannot be more accommodating. Will return.
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Great time !!! Emanoel Nigri, Brazil
09 March 2008
Gary and Alta are fantastic and our game driver Cliff was also great. The place is clean and the food is great. Recommended !!!
Very good Anonymous, South Africa
20 January 2008
The staff were very welcoming
The service very good
The food was above the standard that we had experienced elsewhere
The air conditioning should be improved
Marvellous Tarja Makinen, Finland
04 January 2008
We had a marvellous time at Needles Lodge. The place is beautiful and Mr Mike and his team made our stay unforgettable.
Very good Simon Daniel, France
02 January 2008
Very pleasant Gary for the housing and cooking and Cliff for safari made it very good.
Rooms were fabulous! Joanna Morgan, United Kingdom
26 October 2007
Had a great time at Needles. Location was great (saw Zebras on way in), staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms were fabulous! Food was excellent! Host was superb and helpful. Would love to come back again
Mike is a fantastic host Natalie Houseman, South Africa
24 October 2007
Our stay was fantastic. We drove in, and although a little skeptical at seeing a lot of dirt roads, we were completely blown away.
It literally is a home-away-from-home. Mike is a fantastic host, always ensuring we were comfortable, giving us advice on what was around, getting strangers talking late into the night around a fantastic 3 course meal every night. Vusi, the chef, is brilliant, and you might even get the chance to feed the zebra that roam Marloth Park some bread at night.
I would do more than recommend Needles Lodge to anyone looking for an affordable place to stay in Mpumalanga...I'd insist they check it out.
Recommended Carolyn Bouckley, United Kingdom
16 October 2007
Only stayed 2 nights at the lodge but thoroughly enjoyed it. The first afternoon zebras and warthogs wandered into the grounds! The food was delicious, prepared by the lodge's chef, and all guests ate together which was good fun. Mike was an informed and very pleasant host. My park guide, Cliff, was enthusiastic and helpful and good company on the day drive, the morning drive and transfers to and from the airport.
Our stay was fantastic Andrea Rose, United Kingdom
08 October 2007
It is my second time to visit Mike and would recommend to anyone, The food.... well it like eating in a 5* restaurant every night. We spent 4 days in the park with Cliff as our guide, he is great company and a fantastic spotter, would recommend you book him for your drives.
Thanks again Mike and Cliff for a wonderful holiday.
Andrea and Tracey
A great 3 nights Merv Jenkins, United Kingdom
20 September 2007
Mike was a gracious host - and anybody who looks at the pictures on the webpage and thinks they are fake are WRONG. We had zebras in the garden along with kudu and warthogs. Our guide Cliff was a great guy and very knowledgable.
Very nice lodge - definitely to be recommended MANUEL Christelle, France
19 August 2007
My wife and I spent two days at the Needles lodge. Very warm welcome by Mike, the owner, and his staff.
Very nice room, good food and what a surprise to see Zebras and Kudu coming into the garden of the lodge !!!
We had a really good time there. Do not hesitate to book a room.
Lovely place to stay Gillian, UK
23 July 2007
The lodge is a lovely place to stay, a beautiful and peaceful setting. The safaris were very well organized and conducted and you will certainly not be disappointed with the food!!
Fabulous, private retreat! Rita Delicato, Chile
30 June 2007
From the moment of my first inquiry to the moment we checked out, Mike was really attentive. The look on my parents face when they saw the lodge and the staff cooking our meal in the open kitchen was priceless.
The 20-minute drive from Kruger to the lodge is smooth and worth it, since you are not staying with a bunch of people in an overrated hotel or lodge.
Would definitely reccomend it, specially for a family reunion.
5-star ambiance and service with "neighborhood" friendliness and great food!
An excellent stay at Needles Lodge Georges and Murielle, Belgium
27 June 2007
We really enjoyed our stay at Needles Logde. We thank Mike and his team for their warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and excellent food and wines. We also thank Cliff who organised two marvellous safari days in the Kruger Park.
Great Vacation Annegret Ulrich, Switzerland
24 May 2007
Our first trip to the Kruger Park was a great experience and we can recommend Needles Lodge to everybody, as we had a very nice room, met very friendly people and the food was excellent. It was absolutely fabulous.
Thanks a lot.
Great Stay Colin Thatcher, Indonesia
22 May 2007
This was a first visit to South Africa (Africa) for my Indonesian partner and what better place to introduce her to the African bush than Needles Lodge.
Mike is a gracious host and runs a tight ship. Vusi and Patricia are stars in the kitchen and catered for our every gastronomic wish. Heinrich made our trip even more memorable, on the daily game drives, with his expert knowledge of the bush and animals, and as a result was able to offer us great sightings of the elusive 'big five' and many more.
The accommodation at the lodge is well appointed with excellent amenities.
My Indonesian partner summed it up well by saying that it felt like a home away from home and has not stopped babbling on about the great experience she had.
Mike, to you and your capable crew, once again many thanks, keep up the good work.
Mirage in the bush Peter Visser, South Africa
14 May 2007
The accomodation, the food and atmosphere enjoyed exceeded our expectations in this establishment which I would describe as a 'mirage' in the bush.
Truly grateful to Mike and his staff for making us feel so welcome and special thank you to Cliff for the game drive where we really obtained first hand knowledge of the Park and the wild life.
Generous Lodge and pleasant host Andreas Kiefer, Austria
30 April 2007
We spent four nights at the lodge and enjoyed the excursions with Cliff Butlin very much.
PERFECT!!! Dario Eskenazi, NYC,USA
24 April 2007
Needles really exceeded our expectations. Mike is a fantastic host, warm and helpful and at the same time unobtrusive. The rest of the crew were fantastic. Washington cooked wonderful meals every single night. My daughter has special diet needs and he was willing to accommodate her every time. Thandie and Patricia were very sweet and nice.
The rooms are beautiful, not too luxurious but very tastefully decorated, exactly what we like.
At dinnertime the fact that you sit at the table with the other guests makes it a perfect opportunity to meet other people and for good conversation while you sip a wonderful South African wine.
We couldn't have been happier with the place. My kids loved it.
The 2-day safari at Kruger was fantastic. We saw tons of animals on the first day. Cliff, our young guide was the best. Knowledgeable and funny, he knew all the corners of the park and was very sweet with our children.
What can we say? We would go back to Needles in a pinch. It made our vacation in SA even more special.
Needles anniversary Suzanne Stipek, United States of America
19 April 2007
We had a wonderful time at Needles. Mike is a very gracious host and Cliff was a wonderful tour guide.
Wonderful Susan Kara, South Africa
17 April 2007
My mother and I had the most wonderful time at Needles. Mike is so very very accommodating and made our stay just worth everything. The food, the wine selection and the peace and quiet are fantastically in abundance there.
Very Nice Stay Ludovic Pernot, Switzerland
15 April 2007
My family and I had the pleasure to stay three nights at Needles Lodge. This was a very pleasant stay, with Mike being a very pleasant host, a very nice food and comfortable rooms. To make it better, Cliff the Ranger working with Needle Lodge will make your visit to the Kruger unforgetable.
Wonderful Stay Caroline Vallender, Netherlands
13 April 2007
We had a wonderful 3 days at Needles. We especially enjoyed sharing dinner with other guests on the terrace each evening and comparing our days experiences. Great food, fantastic game drives (thanks Cliff) and Mike was a great host.
Wonderful Robert-Jan Wirken, Belgium
07 April 2007
Thanks again Mike and Cliff for a wonderful stay. We will recommend it anytime!
ps. still no leopard spotted :-( better luck next time
Highlight of our trip howard watson, United Kingdom
27 March 2007
I am delighted to add my very favourable comments to those of others who have stayed at Needles Lodge near to Kruger National Park. Although I enjoyed Cape Town very much our 3 day safari was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip. Mike was a very hospitable host and the food and accommodation were first class and the staff were most helpful and attentive. Special mention should be made of Cliff our guide who managed to find every animal we could have hoped to see,with the exception of lions,who proved too elusive. We were spoilt in having Cliff almost to ourselves during our 3 day stay and it was an unforgettable experience for us city dwellers from England.They say you always want to return to the bush and I can endorse that sentiment.I would be delighted to return to Needles and have every intention of doing just that at some future date.
Needles - Great Freddie Kuhn, South Africa
26 March 2007
The lodge creates the bush atmosphere with all the luxuries and the food is just fabulous. You have to taste those potatoes!
Treated like Kings Henry Thom, South Africa
12 March 2007
We did enjoy our stay at Needles. It was absolutely great, we were treated like kings both at the lodge and out on the game drives. The food was excellent, and the service was superb, hoping we can deal with you in the future.
Regards and thanks again
Amazing trip to South Africa Heather Kenyon, Canada
08 March 2007
We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay while on our safari.
Thank you so much to all of the staff who made our trip a memorable one (especially Cliff.....thanks for keeping us safe when we got the flat tyre...and for showing us the elephants!).
Amazing accommodations, food and people. Can't wait to come again!
The best honeymoon Leonard & Rozaan Peense, South Africa
23 February 2007
What a wonderful place. We were there on our honeymoon and we really enjoyed our stay at Needles lodge. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. There are so many things to do and Mike and his team are always there to provide just the best service with a smile. Thanks for a wonderful time and we couldn’t ask for a better honeymoon. We will recommend Needles lodge for any occasion.
A trip to remember! John Speers, Canada
10 January 2007
My family and I had an amazing trip to the Kruger Park and Needles Lodge. We had a terrific stay at Mike's place and enjoyed the excellent service, comfortable accommodations and delicious food.
Some of the highlights include, the excellent English breakfasts offered to those guests who do not leave for the Kruger park at 5:00am and the first class evening meals served on the back deck where one can enjoy the many animals which pass through on their evening rounds such as zebra, impala and the resident warthogs.
In addition, we spent three unforgetable days in the
Kruger park with Cliff the ranger. Cliff showed us around the park, cooked us a great breakfast and provided us with the answers to our plethora of questions regarding the parks inhabitants and the ecology of the area.
Our trip to Needles and the Kruger was the experience of a lifetime and we hope to return soon!
Needles Lodge - Comments from the SWYNY family (Dec 2006) Peter Swyny, United Kingdom
31 December 2006
Needles Lodge is a beautiful and well situated location for visiting Kruger and the surrounding areas. Mike (the owner) is an excellent and convivial host and nothing is too much trouble to ensure that guests needs are fully catered for. Kids really are welcome (ours are 12 and 10 years old) and are made to feel every bit as important as the adults. The food - cooked by Washington is superb and is complimented by the service provided by his aides Akim and Victor.
One of the nicest aspects of our stay was the communal lounge area where all guests (there are six double rooms) can share a drink and their experiences as they unwind each night.
If you are taking the safari in Kruger you should strongly consider using an experienced guide. We found Cliff Butlin (who you can book through Mike) both excellent and knowledgeable, and very good with children. Although seeing one or more of the 'big five' is not guaranteed we felt that Cliff's network helped us to see them all close up as well as many other of the park's wildlife.
Overall a really good experience and one I would recommend.
Great Time had by All Leigh Robinson, Germany
27 December 2006
We are a family of 5 with 3 children under 10 - it was difficult for us to find a suitable safari for our needs. Thankfully both Mike at Needles and Cliff, the safari guide, have a lot of patience and have so far not been turned off taking children. We had a great time and really appreciate all the flexibility shown to us by Mike and Cliff.
Would recommend Needles to everyone with young children.
Fantastic!!! Jef and Moniek, Belgium
07 December 2006
This was our first visit to wonderful South Africa and Mike and his team have turned it into an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed every moment of our stay. Needles is just part of nature with numerous animals parading by while you're having breakfast.
Dinners were delicious (thanks Washington and Akim) and we loved the great Chardonnay. We were lucky to spot the big 5 thanks to a young but experienced ranger (Thanks Cliff).
enjoyed Annette Stafford-Pearce, United Kingdom
06 December 2006
Yes we generally enjoyed ourselves, however on reflection there were a coule of things which I think may improve the lodge. It would have been nice to make your own tea coffee rather than ask. Also a toilet door for us more uptight people.
Thanks to Cliff for a wonderfull 2 day safari.
Fab jc Dirksen van Schalkwyk, United Kingdom
20 November 2006
This was our 2nd visit to Needles and the service and welcome was just as great as the first time round. Mike is very freindly, the food is scrummy, the rooms are large and comfortable and the location is perfect. We took a game drive with Cliff and saw the big 5 which is a must for everyone. Do yourself a favour, book this lodge and you will not be disappointed.
Needles experience Gilbert van der Steen, Netherlands
08 November 2006
The accomodation and food was very good, the people are very friendly and helpful.
Wonderful Holiday John Kilpatrick, United States of America
24 October 2006
I stayed at Needles Lodge in Marloth Park, at the Southern end of Kruger Park, the week of October 10th and had such a great time! The house is very comfortable and I loved the deck outside, where you can also see many animals in the bush. The staff provides excellent service and the food and drink was excellent as well. This was one of my all-time best holiday experiences, with all-day guided drives in Kruger park. In the evenings, we swapped stories and relaxed with some good drinks and a great family-style dinner. The value was excellent and I will recommend Needles Lodge to all of my friends for any stay in the area. Thanks Mike for the wonderful hospitality! I can't wait to go back!
Trip of a lifetime!!! Richard Curwen, United Kingdom
01 October 2006
The 4 of us had the most amazing holiday. We were very spoilt at The Needles by Mike & his attentive staff (the food & wine were wonderful!). Cliff (christened Trev by our teenage girls) was our guide during our 4-day stay. He has a wide knowledge of the area and its inhabitants and managed to bag us 6 of the big 7 animals in the 1st day in Kruger! Needless to say we would thoroughly recommend all that Mike and Needles Lodge have to offer to make an African holiday complete.
FANTASTIC Jason Mounts, United States of America
01 October 2006
Couldn't have had a better time. Mike did an excellent job of putting together all of our activities, and was helpful beyond belief. The accommodation was great, and the food and staff were excellent! Would certainly recommend Needles to anyone preparing for a great South African Safari!!
38808 Stepanka Christensen, Czech Republic
01 October 2006
We stayed 3 nights at the Needles Lodge and enjoyed every single minute of it! Mike's hospitality, the cuisine and the overall atmosphere was marvellous. We had fantastic trips to Kruger park, Maputo and Swaziland with Cliff - an outstanding ranger! Hopefully we will return soon!
Needles Lodge Eber Kington, United Kingdom
01 October 2006
Mike was very helpful and made us very welcome. The staff were excellent and attentive. Food excellent. Arranged game drives with Heinrich were excellent - very knowledgeable and friendly guide. Room facilities very good, clean and spacious. No complaints at all.
OUR STAY IN NEEDLES LODGE - MARCH 2006 suzanne soderstrom, United States of America
01 October 2006
WE RECOMMEND NEEDLES LODGE TO ANYBODY WHO LIKE FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE, PERSONAL ATTENTION AND GOOD FOOD. WE HAD A VERY GOOD TIME. MIKE IS THE BEST HOST AND CLIFF TOOK VERY GOOD CARE OF US DURING THE KRUGER PARK SAFARI THAT WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO DO. GREAT FOOD, GREAT WINES, GREAT VALUE FOR THE MONEY.
SUPERB! sian keynes, United Kingdom
01 October 2006
This is an absolutely fantastic and SPOT ON place to stay...you have all the luxury and serenity of the more exclusive lodges but at half the cost. This lodge is highly recommended by me and everything from the team of staff, the food and Mike the owner is extremely friendly and will do anything to help you out. I would go again if possible.
01 October 2006
Great facilities and warm hospitality. Zebra at the waterhole were an added bonus.
Good Martin Wassenaar, Netherlands
01 October 2006
Nice food and accomodation. Only one slight downside....you couldn't walk around for a stroll.....
Dining with Zebra Anonymous
01 October 2006
Great food, welcoming hospitality, comfortable rooms and cosy beds which are needed after long days on safari. The guides (Simon and Cliff) provided comprehensive information and a great sense of fun and enjoyment. The communal dining and lounge areas are great for sharing experiences of safari and day trips but may not suit those who are hoping for their own 'space'. The evening visits of local Zebra to the lodge made this a stay to remember !
Great place, great company Mark McKinney, United States of America
01 October 2006
We very much enjoyed our stay at Needles. From being greeted by three warthog, to meeting people from all over the globe, it was lots of fun.
Rasheed and Rana's Eval. rasheed shamma, United States of America
01 October 2006
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Needles lodge, the ease and speed of booking, the special consideration for food, the friendliness of staff and of course Mike. The safari arrangement could not have been with a better guide-Symon was excellent, by far the most knowledgable and friendly guide for the Kruger. We hope to come back,and bring our future Pride with us!
Needles Lodge Anonymous
01 October 2006
Needles Lodge has a great location and offers excellent accommodation, personal service and great meals.
Highlight of our SA Holiday Renate Roberts,
01 October 2006
Our stay at the lodge,coupled with our two days in Kruger Park, was the highlight of our two week trip to South Africa. Before we even got to the Lodge, our host Mike suggested we drive thru the park for a few hours in the afternoon. We took a self guided tour, and we were richly reward. We saw up close every large and small animal we only hoped we might see when we decided to make the trip. By the time we left the park around five thirty, we could hardly wait to return the next mourning for our guided tour. When we arrived at the lodge we were warmly greeted by our host. Mike could not believe our good fortune that afternoon especially when he learned we saw wild dogs, the rarest animal sighting in the park. After our tales were told, we were escorted to our rooms. They were comfortable and well appointed. Everything was new. We were very pleased to say the least. After we settled in, we returned to the main room in the lodge. While a spacious room, this area is warm and comfortable . You can set around a large coffee table,sip some marvelous South African wine, and talk with fellow guests about your day in the park ,the uniqueness and natural beauty of South Africa,or the upcoming rugby match. Dinner that night was prepared by the best chef in South Africa. I can say without worry of contradiction that his onion soup is the best in the world. We eat dinner on the deck immediately outside the main room. That night at dinner we were joined by fellow guests including members of Mike's family who were spending that night at the lodge . Our food and dinner conversation made us feel as if we had been invited to a family dinner. What a wonderful time we had. We went to bed right afterward so that we could arise in time to meet our guide at five thirty the next morning.
Needles Lodge Anonymous
01 October 2006
Our family had a wonderful time at the lodge. It has the right balance between friendly welcoming service and peace and privacy. Mike was an excellent host and the arranged game drives were fabulous. Our children are 5 and 7 and were very happy with everything.
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE Nicolene Stanley, South Africa
01 October 2006
Needles Lodge, Mike and his staff compliment really looked after us and made us feel at home. Very professionally run but with a family feel to. Both myself and Dean thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We have already recommended the lodge to friends who are planning a trip in September. We will definately re-visit. Thank you for Needles Lodge and SafariNow both. Nicky and Dean
Absolutely Fantastic Andrea Rose,
01 October 2006
My sister and I stayed at Needles Lodge over Christmas and what an absolutely fantastic time we had. The lodge is extremely comfortable and the staff cannot do enough to help. Mike the owner makes you feel very welcome and will help to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible. The food was fantastic (and loads of it!) Mike loves his wine so we experienced some lovely South Africa wines. Value for money was exceptional. When you go you must request Cliff for your ranger while you are inside Kruger as he is the best spotter and great Company to spend the day's with. Safarinow.com is a great website full of all the information you need and makes bookings extremely easy. Andrea
Stay at Needles Lodge Andrew Readett, United Kingdom
01 October 2006
Excellent - well situated, good hospitality, building style was just right to get us in the mood for seeing the animals
Stay at Needles Darach Deehan, Ireland & South Africa
01 October 2006
Myself, my wife, and cousin enjoyed an excellent 3 night stay with Mike and his excellent staff. My cousin was on her first visit to Africa and I was especially pleased with the positive impression given by our stay at Needles. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. We were treated to great food excellently prepared by Washington and served by 'Bousey' (probably incorrect spelling). Cliff was our game guide who also brought us to Mozambique for a visit. Cliff was exemplory in his manner and both knowledgeable and obliging as a guide. All in all I would highly recommend Needles for any visitors but especially foreign visitors as an hospitable African experience.
Wonderful Trip Carl Hsin & Gigi Wongouth Africa
01 October 2006
We have just come back from a wonderful trip in South Africa. We must praise the quick service of Safari Now and the easy access of the website. We were extremely happy with the lodge that we chose. And we would like to formally congratulate Mike and his staff for their great service at Needles Lodge. Although we were there for only 4 days & 3 nights, we had the most exciting, eye-opening, relaxing, romantic holiday. Not to mention the mouth-watering delicious meals that Mike and his staff prepared for us. The most memorable meal was the South African BBQ eaten out on the porch surrounded by the calmness of the night. The room was immaculate and very clean. The bed was actually more comfortable then our one at home! The extra large bath was a sanctuary for relaxation. Mike gave us helpful advice with our itinerary to Kruger Park. He arranged very experienced rangers to take us and we had the luxury of have them all to ourselves! We were told that we are very lucky to have seen 5 lions, 4 cheetahs, and herds of elephants, a family of rhinos, hippos, giraffes, zebras and different types of antelopes. The most exciting for me was confronting an elephant walking towards us on ‘our’ road; seeing the ‘honeymoon of lions’ doing their thing; and feeling helpless for the injured young cheetah with its mother. All in all, we have learnt so much in these few days that we would like to thank Mike, Chris, Pat and others for making this trip really worthwhile. And finally, I would like to recommend the Needles Lodge for anyone who would like to adventure during the day and relax in the evening. Keep up the good work!