simona cherubini, Italy
31 July 2011
The lodge is very nice and the atmosphere is really romantic; the owners are very kind and do anything possible to make you enjoy your stay. Etienne and his mother are excellent chefs! The Kruger Park is about 30 minutes away and Marloth itself is a park where you can meet giraffe, zebra and monkeys. When you are travelling during winter, remember that in the rooms there is no heating.
Quite Simply - Magical!
Paul Manjooran, United Kingdom
03 April 2010
We spent 6 fantastic nights at Maqueda Lodge and enjoyed every minute - this really is a very, very special place to stay! From the moment we arrived we were made to feel like close family (the welcome type!). Nothing was too much trouble for the van der Nest family and they really were the perfect hosts. The location is simply stunning and seeing and hearing all the wonderful wildlife on your doorstep is just amazing! The food cooked and prepared by Etienne and Joyce (and served by Francois!) was quite possibly the best food we have ever had.
Francois and Etienne were more than happy to arrange any trips for us and the guides they use were excellent. Throughout our stay we noticed several personal touches which made the stay even more special and we can whole heartedly recommend this lodge to anyone.
Surprise after surprise at Maqueda Lodge: real value for money
Gina Provo Kluit, South Africa
19 January 2010
I have been to a few upmarket lodges in the Kruger area, but I have never ever experienced anything like Maqueda Lodge. The lodge was beautifully and creatively decorated. It was all very clean. The rooms were comfortable and had both an indoor and an outdoor shower. One morning I was taking a shower outside, while lions were roaring on the background!!! And last but NOT least, was the service. It was FAR above average. The family (vder Nest) was so extremely friendly and warm. They really made us feel part of their family. And the food (prepared by them) was superb! Their cuisine can easily compete with the best restaurants in the country. ALL the food was freshly made (fresh juices, fruits, pasta, soups etc etc). Even the insect repellent in the rooms was homemade!!! I will really go back. This time not only for the gamedriving (Kruger is really close), but I'll also take one day just to relax at 'this piece of paradise on earth'.
Elmari van der Merwe, South Africa
13 July 2009
We had a wonderful stay and the lodge was of the highest standard. Great food, good company and a great place to visit. Thank you very much to the Van der Nest family which made us feel at home since the minute we arrived at the lodge. We can highly recommend this place if you want to have a great African experience...
Matt and Tabitha Shaw, United Kingdom
29 March 2008
Our stay was fantastic and Joyce and Gert made us feel very welcome. They were both extremely helpful and Maqueda Lodge itself was very comfortable - we'd definitely go back!
Julie Phillips, South Africa
07 January 2008
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Maqueda Lodge. It is beautiful, and peaceful. We will definitely be back, and I can definitely recommend this Lodge to anybody. We got engaged there and have already decided to have our wedding there..
Eamon Brown, South Africa
10 April 2007
The setting is fantastic with the feeling of being outside whilst you
are inside. With the sound of the bush a great relaxing weekend
Leandre Smith, South Africa
28 August 2006
It was a beautiful experience - also the best value for money (by far!) accomodation we have stayed in. Thank you to our wonderful hosts, Joyce and Gerrit.
An wonderful 34st anniversary
Cornel De Lange, South Africa
25 July 2006
We enjoyed the power of silence. The tranquility of the bush, safe and secured in our boma listening to the' night sound of wild music'.
Stephan Visagie, South Africa
13 June 2006
Thanks to our gracious hosts Gerhard and Joyce, thanks to the beautifully appointed Maqueda Lodge and thanks to the most private and tranquil setting I have ever experienced, I came back a new person. As soon as time allows it, I will be back for a follow up stay. Affordability, privacy and a beautiful bushveld setting was high on my agenda, I am glad to say that the Maqueda Lodge and it's hosts by far exceeded my expectations. Thanks once again for a wonderful stay!
rhonda loggenberg, South Africa
13 January 2006
Very welcoming and hospitable. Peaceful and private.
12 August 2005
We had a wonderful time and stay at Maqueda.
People very friendly and amazing place to visit.
Will visit it again if I have the opportunity.
Value for money is good. Thanks for you assistance and great site